School of Media, Design and Dramatic Arts

Acting for Stage and Screen

3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Learn the tools of the trade necessary to be successful in the worlds of theatre, film and television in this fast-paced program.


Train under professionals currently working in the industry. Gain exposure to Toronto-based agents, directors and producers during your training and have the opportunity to act in Digital Cinematography student movies. This three-year program culminates with Rep21, a graduate contemporary theatre company where graduates have the opportunity to perform in one or more live productions.

Your Future Career

  • Theatre
  • Film and television
  • Commercials
  • Radio
  • Voice-overs

What You Learn

  • Acting and scene study
  • Film and television performance
  • Movement 
  • Voice and speech
  • Singing
  • Improvisation
  • Creative writing

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U, Mandatory interview and audition

If English is not your first language you must either provide proof of English competency or take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). You must have a minimum overall band score of 5.5 on IELTS, or a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer scored) or 80 IBT (internet based) to be admitted to a postsecondary program at the college. SPP in India requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0

Academic Upgrading

Semester 1

THA 101 Acting Fundamentals
THA 104 Introduction to Movement
THA 106 Theatre History: Ritual to the 19th Century
THA 108 Introduction to Voice for the Actor
THA 110 Introduction to Speech for the Actor
CMM 125 College Communications I

Semester 2

THA 201 Contemporary Scene Study for Stage and Film
THA 202 Intermediate Movement for Actors
THA 204 Theatre History: 19th Century to Present
THA 208 Introductory Dance
THA 210 Voice and Speech for the Actor
ENG 200 Creative Writing

Semester 3

THA 300 Modern Scene Study / Canadian Scene Study
THA 304 Canadian Theatre History / First Folio of Shakespeare
THA 308 Introductory Singing for the Actors
THA 309 Performance Seminar #1
THA 310 Improvisation for the Actor
GENED General Education Elective - Online

Semester 4

THA 400 Intermediate Acting: Shakespeare
THA 401 Stage and Film Fighting Techniques (7 wks)
THA 403 On Camera Auditioning Techniques (7 wks)
THA 405 Performance Workshop
THA 406 Intermediate Singing for Actors
THA 412 On Camera Skills and Techniques
THA 410 Intermediate Voice for the Actor
GENED General Education Elective - Online

Semester 5

THA 500 Film Performance
THA 504 Auditioning for Commercials
THA 508 Musical Theatre Performance
THA 510 Dance Styles for Musical Theatre
THA 512 Singing for Musical Theatre
THA 514 Voice Over and Narration Techniques
THA 612 Self-Producing for Actors
THA 614 Auditioning Techniques

Semester 6

THA 600 Theatre Performance
THA 608 Survivial Skills for Actors / Business
Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.

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Pathway to Canadore College Programs

  • Advertising and Marketing Communications - 1 year to complete
  • Recreation and Leisure Services – 1 year to complete
  • Recreation Therapy – 1 year to complete
  • Strength and Sport Conditioning – 1 year to complete

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution in Ontario?

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution in Canada?

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution Internationally?

Please contact the Pathways Officer if you have additional questions regarding the credit transfer process:

Micheline Demers – Pathways Officer
705.474.7600 ext 5139