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Overview - 2021/2022

Do you have a passion for drama, dance, music or performing? Fanshawe’s Acting for Screen and Stage program inspires students to pursue their acting talents and lays the groundwork for a successful career in performance-based media.

The business of entertainment is vast and evolving, and jobs for acting can take a variety of functions. From screen and stage characterization to script analysis, voice work and motion capture, you will gain the technical knowledge and experience to apply your creativity in acting.

Perform on a screen, stage, set and recording studio in Fanshawe’s hands-on acting program

This two-year diploma program centres on collaborative media-based projects with other Fanshawe programs that simulate real-world working environments. During the first year of study, you will learn the foundations of acting involving stage performance. In the second year, students perform in films, motion capture and green-screen work, and experience virtual set performance. You will also learn to do voice work for animation, film and games and combat for stage and screen. The program culminates in a showcase evening presented by students, a mix of live and projected work. 

Study in dedicated lab and theatre spaces at our London and London Downtown Campuses, including a green screen TV and film studio that simulates a real work environment. You’ll also enjoy guest speakers and field trips that provide insight into the professional world of entertainment. Graduate with a professional portfolio of work you can bring to future employers, including an on-camera demo reel, voice demo and recorded monologues that can be used to find acting jobs and representation by agents.

Important note: This program is not yet approved by the Ministry of Education, and OSAP funding will not be available for this program until it is approved. Please check back here for updates when the program has been approved.


Admission Requirements - 2021/2022

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
- Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) 
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
Mature Applicant with standing in the required course stated above

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Recommended Personal Preparation

  • Involvement in community theatre, dance, and music
  • Participation in community television as a performer, host or interviewer
  • General experience in presentation as an emcee or speaker

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements


Acting for Screen and Stage-2022/2023

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
WRIT-1037Reason & Writing 1-Contemporary Media3
This course will introduce contemporary media students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
ARTS-1095Acting Fundamentals3
Students are introduced to the personal and group dynamics of actors' work as well as to professional industry standards. Techniques and concepts include warm-ups, risk-taking, awareness/journaling, and monologues. The course also introduces techniques used throughout the program: essential Stanislavski and Uta Hagen. Students begin to build their toolboxes and to appreciate that their development will incorporate several disciplines.
ARTS-1096Movement 12
Students will explore the elements of dance. They will work collaboratively and individually on Viewpoints. Students will begin work on proper warm-up techniques that will be continued throughout all movement classes.
Through sensory work, text analysis, physical and psychological exploration, this course will introduce students to performance using a variety of acting styles ranging from Commedia dell'arte, Greek Tragedy, Kabuki, Noh and Restoration Comedy. Students will learn, then apply, principles of relaxation, concentration, objectives, actions, physicality and moment-to-moment spontaneity to all their work. History, significance and heightened performance style, imaginative extensions of technique, with specificity, personalization and justification, along with intensive background research for character work will also be addressed.
ARTS-1098Speech 12
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of a clear and healthy speech process. Students will learn to recognize and overcome unwanted habits and patterns of speech through exercises revealing and releasing physical tension, freeing the breath, and practicing natural articulation. Through an understanding of process, students will work to neutralize unwanted regionalisms or speech habits, opening up opportunities for the actor across various forms of media.
DEVL-1063Development for Screen & Stage 11.5
In this course, students will experience a variety of events related to and complementing the foundational basis of this term. With a focus on stage performance and careers, events will include guest speakers, workshops and field trips.
FILM-1001Film Criticism 13
This course is designed to develop a critical approach to the medium of film; to examine individual creative expression in the films of important directors from various countries, with emphasis on cinematic history and theory; to develop the ability to identify technical aspects of film and to discern mediocre and excellent use of filmmaking technique.

Level 2
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
COMM-3075Communications for Media3
This course, designed for students who plan to work in the field of media, focuses on professional written and verbal communication skills. Students learn to prepare a variety of work-related documents. In addition, students learn about research methods and documentation formats. The principles of effective writing - organization, grammar, style, clarity, and tone - are reinforced throughout the course. The goal of the course is to prepare students for the communication tasks and considerations they will encounter in the media workplace in order to meet the needs of employers and/or the communities they will serve.
ARTS-1099On Camera Skills 12
In this course, the fundamentals of acting for a motion picture camera will be covered. Course topics will include screenplay fundamentals and analysis, set etiquette, who's who on a film set, filmmaking fundamentals (from the actor's perspective), 'working the frame,' and the elements of shooting a scene. The practical side of this course will involve rehearsing, blocking and shooting scenes that will be shot with 'coverage' (many takes, from many angles, with multiple frame sizes).
ARTS-1100Speech 22
In this course, we will continue to build on the foundational work learned in Speech 1. Students will practice natural articulation, expanding range and resonance, and centering impulse. Through a deepening understanding and application of process, we will continue to neutralize unwanted regionalisms and habits, creating opportunities for the actor across various forms of media, with an applied exploration of the differing requirements for speech in screen and stage work.
ARTS-1101Movement 22
A heightened awareness is necessary to develop the actor's body. Students explore movement exercises, improvisation, games, and techniques. Utilizing a spirit of discovery and openness, they learn to inhabit their bodies more fully. This occurs through working deeply with alignment, breath, release, and neutral exercises. Once exposed to a range of movement for the actor, students interact, play, and explore unison movement - developing sensitivity to the energy of the group using periphery vision and listening. The course helps students build rhythmic acuity, a sense of timing, and coordination.
ARTS-1102Character Development2
In this course students will work on two modules. In Meisner, students will learn and practice basic repetitions, behavourial repetitions and simple activities. In Improvisation, students apply the skills in development of comic and serious improvised scenes which will culminate in a final presentation.
ARTS-1103Actors Process2
In this course, students will be cast in a role and skills acquired in the training will be applied to a specific project, a play, for the purpose of developing an actor's rehearsal process under professional standards. Applying script analysis, research, table reads and discussions, students will begin to make actor choices in the creation of a character. During rehearsals, students will experience taking direction, motivating blocking, embodying believable relationships and orchestrating the arc of their character. The class culminates in a public performance to experience the interplay of audience and actor.
DEVL-1064Development for Screen & Stage 21.5
Continuing on from Development 1, level 2 will see the students participate in more guest speaker series, workshops and field trips, this term, relating to both stage and screen industries.
HIST-1004Theatre History-Survey of Theatre 13
The course is a survey of Theatre History from Ancient Greece to the 18th Century. The course explores the origins of Theatre in ritual and traces its development from Ancient Greece through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and into the 18th Century. The particular conventions of each era will be examined. While aspects such as theatre construction, staging techniques, set/costume design, the use of music and dance will be studied, the principal focus of the course will be on the examination of some of the central texts for each era.

Level 3
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
ARTS-1104On Camera Skills 23
This course will build upon the skills learned in On Camera skills 1, providing an in-depth look at breaking down screenplays, scenes, and characters to bring more to a story through the actor's craft. Students will work with motion picture directors and crew and gain hands-on experience in green-screen production. The acting student will leave the course with several examples of their work on camera to add to their portfolio.
ARTS-1105Scene Study for Stage4
Students discover how to put the actor's basic skills and tools to work by creating a dynamic and powerful scene for presentation. They use the skills acquired in the previous term to delve more deeply into creating an honest and authentic character. This course highlights how students can express themselves with confidence and serve their stories truthfully. They assume responsibility for their own creative growth and begin to follow impulse to discover surprises in honesty and engaged partnering. Through improvisation, acting exercises, research, and rehearsal techniques, students prepare and present a scene for evaluation at the end of the course. Performing for a larger audience at the end of term offers an opportunity to experience what a live audience does to the acting process.
ARTS-3048Movement 32
In this course, the students will use the skills learned in previous courses and apply them to movement through dance, period and modern by creating an original work as an ensemble.
ARTS-1106Voice Acting 12
Students will learn the technical requirements and gain practical experience, including vocal care and script interpretation, in the vocal disciplines for animation, gaming and character voices.
ENTP-1004Business Skills for the Actor1.5
Acting is an entrepreneurial business and actors need a fundamental understanding of business management skills to manage their own time, money, taxes and resources. Topics to be discussed in this course include self-promotion and marketing, professional conduct and etiquette, and basic accounting and tax preparation as it relates to the industry.
ARTS-1107Combat & Motion Capture1.5
Combat and Motion Capture is designed to introduce basic actor combatant concepts of acted aggression for screen and stage. This course will give students the building blocks of armed and unarmed combat, stagecraft, safety techniques and core performance concepts to perform a scene with violence and dialogue for theatre, film, and digital motion capture. Students will experience the entire performance capture process from planning performances to recording face and body movements in real-time on a motion capture stage.
DEVL-3014Development for Screen & Stage 31.5
This course will offer more guest speakers, workshops and field trips, but this term the focus will be mainly on the media side of the actor's career. This course will include a 2-day field trip to Toronto where students will see and experience venues and events related to the Film & television, voice, animation and video gaming industries.

Level 4
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
ARTS-1108Voice Acting 21.5
Expanding upon skills developed in Voice Acting 1, students will learn the technical requirements and gain practical experience, including auditions and the business of voice acting, in the vocal disciplines for commercial, corporate, long- and short-form narration as well as live and recorded hosting.
FILM-1025Scene Study for Film2
In this course student actors will watch and analyze films and specific scenes as well as read and analyze screenplays in order to better understand their role in the cinematic storytelling process. Some on-camera work will be done in class.
ENTP-1005Entrepreneurship & Auditions2
Acting is an entrepreneurial business and actors need to know how to develop their own work and sell themselves and their service - in essence, create their own future. In this course, students will plan for their entry into the workforce and create a strong brand for themselves. They will also refine their resume and learn how to prepare and present themselves for a variety of auditions within the industry.
ARTS-5031Collaborative Production6.4
The student will have the opportunity to engage in a collaborative project involving one or more other programs where acting skills are needed in areas such as film, television, gaming and animation. The focus will be on replicating industry relationships and creating a real-world environment where actors must demonstrate awareness of the requirements of the medium in question, and the ability to work collaboratively within a team comprised of students from different disciplines. The actor's process, including research, rehearsal, performance, and reflective practice will form the basis of the student's capstone project.

Gen Ed - Electives
Take 3 General Education Credits - Normally taken in Level 3

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 17 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

Careers - 2021/2022

Career Opportunities

This program prepares graduates for a career in theatre, film, television, animation, game, and other fields where performance is required. Growth in the screen industries, driven by demand for content by streaming services, has created a talent shortage and there is strong demand for trained performs to act and do voice work to meet this need. Performers will find work as stage and screen actors, motion-capture character performers, voice performers for game and animation characters, TV hosts and narrators.

More Information - 2021/2022

A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma Program
Program Code: ATS1
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
January Admission
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at


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Program Description

This program provides students with training in the skills they will need as actors in the entertainment market. Students will learn to articulate themselves through screen and stage characterization, script analysis, on-camera and voice work, movement, motion capture, and the audition process. Acting for Screen and Stage will prepare students for a successful career in performance-based media, including live entertainment, screen industries, gaming, and animation.

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2022 January
2022 September
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2022 September
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Ontario College Diploma
60 weeks