Take your cue and allow your dreams to soar - 2020/2021

Please note: The Fall 2020 intake of this program has been suspended.

The lights dim, the curtain rises and you’re ready to transport the audience, breathing life into words on a page. With the Theatre Arts - Performance program, your dream will take centre stage.

Surrounded by other artists and working performers, you’ll study for a career on the stage or screen in state-of-the-art facilities in vibrant downtown London. You’ll work with professional directors, actors and instructors who will help you develop as a creative artist. Your professors have real-world experience and will help you hone your voice and movement skills.

What you learn in theatre school

This two-year conservatory program will give you practical experience in acting for the stage, mask work, play analysis, improv, and acting for the camera. You’ll also take other specialized master classes and will work with professional artists on a graduating project that will come together as a professional production.

You’ll be guided through a process of discovering a method of acting that brings out your full potential and you’ll emerge with a deep understanding of Shakespeare, theatre history, movement for actors, and the business of acting. You’ll emerge with a strong foundation for launching your professional career.


Alex Sims

"The program created an entirely new tool box for me to approach my acting. It challenged me in what I found to be the "right" ways and without it, I am not sure I would be able to reach the same depths in my work."


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Admission Requirements - 2020/2021

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

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


Theatre Arts - Performance-2020/2021

Level 1
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

Group 1
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-1068Movement 13
This practical studio class is an introduction to the principles and practices of various forms of movement for the actor. In Viewpoints, the student will learn and experience the nine principles of movement through time and space and how this relates to performance. The student will also be introduced to Suzuki training as a means to discovering core strength and concentration. The student will begin to explore and create their own personal warm up practice using creative movement.
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.
THEA-1007Performance Lab Practicum1.2
The student will begin to apply the skills of research and process through activities and assignments. Students will develop and practice their reading skills. Students will learn about theater etiquette: including rehearsals, fittings, auditions and performance. Understanding the process from pre-rehearsal to stage. The focus will be on the commitment to the profession.
ARTS-1092Speech 13
This course introduces the acting student to fundamental techniques or authentic vocal process and articulation. Through observation and self- awareness we will work to rid our bodies, voices and articulators of any unwanted tension and work to connect the voice to the breath and body. Breathing exercises, alignment work and meticulous drilling will guide the student to improve the quality of their speech and enhance the vocal instrument.

Group 2
ARTS-1016Acting 1-Introduction to Acting 14
An introduction to the study and practice of the fundamentals of acting, with an emphasis on the basic elements of ensemble work, neutral mask, character mask and zone of silence/improvisational work.

Level 2
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

Group 1
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-3041Movement 23
Movement 2 introduces, explores and develops various forms and techniques of movement for the actor. It is a continuation and advancement of the principles and practices of various techniques of movement for the actor. This practical studio class offers technical / syllabus versions of movement techniques and dance forms.
HIST-1006Theatre History-Survey of Theatre 23
The course is an examination of Theatre History from the late 18th Century to the end of the 20th Century. Areas of study will include such topics as Romanticism, Melodrama, Realism, Naturalism, Modernism, Expressionism, Absurdism; students will also explore Epic Theatre, Metatheatre, Postcolonialism, and Alternative Theatre. While aspects of production for each era will be studied, the focus of the course will be on representative texts.
THEA-1008Performance Studio Practicum4
Students will continue to apply the skills of research and process through activities and assignments. The student will attend, read and review several; productions during the term. The students will work in groups to present projects on Canadian theatre. In this course the student will also work on cold reads and learn how they apply to auditions and ultimately the rehearsal process.
ARTS-3046Speech 23
In this course the student will utilize their knowledge of breath control and its connection to the body and apply that to learning to strengthen their vocal range and projection. More specifically focusing on ridding our speech of any unwanted sounds, habits our regional dialects. The student will learn and transcribe the phonetic sounds with the assistance of the International Phonetic Alphabet. By repeatedly drilling each sound we will improve their ability to more clearly communicate to an audience.

Group 2
ARTS-1019Acting 2-Introduction to Acting 24.5
Students will build on the concepts and skills offered in Level 1. The fundamentals of acting are explored through context of what creates character and Meisner " the reality of doing". The techniques learned will be applied to a rehearsal process.

Level 3
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

Group 1
THEA-3005Performance Lab Practicum 25.6
The student will apply skills attained in previous levels to assigned roles and projects. The focus will be on research, process, and rehearsal techniques.
ARTS-5024Movement 33
This practical studio class is a continuation and advancement to the principles and practices of various forms of movement for the actor. The student be introduced to numerous movement and dance forms and techniques.
ARTS-1070Vocal Ensemble3
Vocal Ensemble examines foundational concepts and techniques fo ensemble creation with song, voice, and sounds. Students will explore the choral repertoire, madrigals, rounds, sound creation, soundscapes and creative ensemble music. Skills for utilizing the natural voice are reinforced through the application of learnt vocal techniques and the strengthening of listening and ensemble skills.
HIST-3005Theatre Hist-Elizabethan Era & Play-Writ3
The English Renaissance is one of the most important periods in the history of theatre. The works of the major playwright of the era, Shakespeare, remain among the most popular works of both Stage and Film. The course will explore the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Common themes and genres of the period will be examined. Consideration of the historical period will be balanced by concerns with the continued production of the works both on stage and in film.
ARTS-1072Acting for the Camera3
Acting for the Camera exposes students to foundational concepts and techniques of acting in front of the camera. As well as terminology, etiquette and who's who on a set. Students will also learn to apply the skills they have been learning to analyze text and apply it to a side for TV or film scripts.
ARTS-5029Speech 33
This course continues work on resonance, range, physical alignment and more clear sounding speech. The student will work more in depth to achieve clarity, natural range and musicality in speech through advanced drilling and breathing exercises. Focus on rhythm, pacing and meter for Shakespearean text. Through disciplined, reflective practice we will work to understand the importance of the role of voice and speech in the entertainment industry.

Group 2
ARTS-5023Acting 3-Advanced 14.5
Acting 3 will build on concepts and skills offered in Level 2. It will expose the students to classical and devised works and adaptations. The student will prepare monologues for Industry Auditions. Stage combat will be introduced.

Level 4
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

Group 1
THEA-3002Performance Studio Practicum 26
Under the direction of seasoned professionals, the student will apply skills attained in previous levels to assigned roles in a Studio production. The focus will be on research, process, rehearsal techniques and performance open to the general public.
ARTS-5022Movement 4-Advanced 23
Movement 4 is a practical studio class and a continuation and advancement to the principles and practices of various forms of movement for the actor. The student will deepen exploration in numerous movement and dance forms, period dance, contemporary and jazz, freestyles, hip hop and partner dance may be covered. The Alexander Technique component of this course is intended to provide students with a continued understanding of the Alexander Technique. Over the course, students will learn to use the body more efficiently and with less effort in everyday activities, and will begin to explore applications of the Technique to performance by addressing specific acting challenges for the theatre performer.
HIST-3027Theatre History-Cdn Contemporary Drama3
This course examines contemporary Canadian drama, beginning with an overview of early Canadian drama, with a primary focus on texts written post-1960. Students will engage in study and performance that considers drama's place as a nation-building exercise. Plays selected will span multiple genres and dramatic movements and will indulge in important historical narratives including, but not limited to: bilingualism and language politics, the distressing history of our Aboriginal community, our international reputation as a Peacekeeping nation, our multicultural identity.
ARTS-1083The Business of Acting3
Students will learn the necessary tools to work in an ultra-competitive field. The student will work on forming clear objectives and creating business plans to guide each actor in achieving their individual goals. Research projects such as ACTRA and Equity will be covered along with working on biographies, auditioning skills, self-promotion and marketing through social media and networking.
ARTS-5030Speech 43
This course continues the work expanding range, breath control, and developing clear, concise articulation. New concepts and techniques will be introduced to rid any regional dialects and unwanted speech habits. Drilling the phonetic alphabet repeatedly, giving the students a strong basis to begin accent work.

Group 2
ARTS-3016Acting 4-Advanced 24.5
Acting IV will prepare the student to find, choose and present a number of audition monologues, under a variety of scenarios. There will also be an exploration and creation of devised work. The student actor will also cultivate the ability to complete all the necessary pre-rehearsal work in preparation for the final practicum project.

Gen Ed - Electives
Take 3 General Education Credits -
Normally taken in Level 1

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 23 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

Careers - 2020/2021

Career Opportunities

This program prepares graduates for a career in theatre, film and television. The program is also an excellent preparation for drama teachers and entrepreneurs.

More Information - 2020/2021

A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma Program
Program Code: THP2
Campus Code: LCD (LCD - London-Downtown)
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates


School of Digital and Performing Arts: (519)-452-4430, ext. 6403

Program Description

The School of Digital and Performing Arts offers a two-year Conservatory Training Program in Theatre Arts - Performance. The program offers in-depth training for the aspiring performer, including Acting, Voice, Choral Singing, Mask, Shakespeare, Improvisation, Theatre History, Movement for the Actor, Acting for the Camera and a variety of Master Classes with visiting Artists. Within the program is the opportunity to work with staff and students from other programs at the College, including the Advanced Filmmaking program, as well as professional Directors and Actors. Our professors, highly regarded experts in their field, bring real world experience and understanding to the specific challenges of this profession, helping and encouraging the aspiring actor to discover a method of working specific to each of them. This acting program trains actors for the long term and establishes a strong foundation from which to launch a professional career as an actor.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. Prepare and interpret work suitable for audition and employment using acting, voice and movement techniques to communicate a character and/or situation.
2. Create a character as intended by the writer through research, text analysis and interpretation within the context of the material and performance.
3. Perform dramatic roles for a variety of media such as theatre and film.
4. Perform in theatre productions as part of ensemble and under the supervision of a professional director using acting, voice and movement techniques to entertain and inform audiences.
5. Complete work to a professional standard and in compliance with relevant law, standards and organizations affiliated with professional acting.
6. Create a business plan that integrates marketing, networking and social media strategies that maximize professional opportunities, including self-employment.

Program Pathways

For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.

Program Details

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Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2021 September
London - Downtown

International Students

Start Dates
2021 September
London - Downtown
Program Code

Program Coordinator:

Karen Harley

Day Time
Ontario College Diploma
60 weeks