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Combine practical production and theatre theory - 2021/2022

Please note: The Fall 2021 intake of this program has been suspended. There will be a one-time winter intake of this program for Winter 2022.

All the world’s a stage, but there’s no live entertainment without the magic behind the scenes. With this two-year diploma in Theatre Arts – Technical Production, you’ll be the one making the magic happen.


Students learn a range of disciplines and artistry that allow entertainers to shine and the audience to lose themselves in the performance. Learn the technical skills in areas of lighting, sound, carpentry, scenic painting, rigging and special effects, as well as design. This exciting live entertainment program is located in the heart of London's arts and cultural centre, at Fanshawe's London Downtown Campus. Students have full-time access to learn and apply skills at various events and performances in The Good Foundation Inc. Theatre


Combine technology and project management and emerge with the skills needed to work with theatre and production companies across the globe as backstage technical support or as a team member in independent productions. You might work with live music performers or with product demonstrations, in film and television or on the web.



Admission Requirements - 2021/2022

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) 
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
Mature Applicant with appropriate preparation

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 Academic Preparation

- Any Grade 12 English (C), (U), or (O)
- Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U), preferably Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology (C) or Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C)
- Grade 12 Physics (C) or (U)
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Communications Technology (M) OR Grade 11 Introduction to Computer Science (U) or Grade 12 Computer Science (U) OR Grade 11 or Grade 12 Computer Engineering Technology (M)
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Technological Design (M)
- Grade 11 Drama (M) or (O) or Grade 12 Drama (M)

Recommended Personal Preparation

  • Applicants should establish personal hobbies in community theatre and/or live music

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 - Technical Production-2021/2022

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.
PROD-1051Technical Production 13
This course will introduce students to lighting for live entertainment practice and technologies. Most attention will be on setting up lighting systems and focusing lighting instruments, reading and understanding plots, an introduction to colour theory and the basic operation of lights. Basic electrical technology and safety are discussed. Students will gain an understanding of lighting dimmers, and DMX as a control protocol in lighting programming. Learning is through lecture, practical work and individual assignments.
PROD-1052Lighting 13
This course will introduce students to the theatrical lighting practice and technologies. Focus will be on hang and focus of lighting instruments, reading and understanding lighting plots, basic lighting and colour theory and the basic operation of lights. Students will introduced to basic programming skills for lighting.
PROD-1011Sound 13
This course introduces the basic elements of sound for theatre. The course will introduce and educate the student to the properties and physics of analog sound and set up systems.
PROD-1053Properties 13
In this course the students will be introduced to the fundamentals of props construction and research. They will learn the essentials of hand and power tools, wood construction, additive sculpture, mould making and casting. They will begin in the business skills of a properties shop through script analysis, design research and group presentations.
THEA-1004Practicum 11.2
The student will apply and integrate skills with the emphasis on the basic elements of the technical systems and production development of theatre.
HIST-1048Evolving Eras of Theatre3
Students will learn the fundamentals in architecture, music and art history starting with the Classical Period to Modern day. They will also be introduced to learning and understanding period as it relates to sets and props.
DESG-1085Technical Skills 13
This course is designed to provide the students with the knowledge and background to better communicate with designers in regards to theatrical settings. The student will learn through the practical application of drafting skills. Communication tools such as simple orthographic and scaled technical drawings will be covered. The student will compile a working sketchbook journal.

Level 2
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
PROD-1054Technical Production 23
This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and background of stage and theatre management through the understanding of theatre hierarchy, costing of materials and research. Learning will be derived from in-class lectures, collaborative assignments and group presentations.
COMM-3074Communications for Design3
This course, designed for students who plan to work in the field of art and design, 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 workplace in order to meet the needs of employers and/or the communities they will serve.
PROD-1055Lighting 23
This hands-on course is a continuation of PROD-1052. Students will explore the theories of design for differing theatrical events along with the study, application and operation of specialty lighting equipment. Students will continue to build their skills in programming for computerized lighting systems.
PROD-1056Sound 23
This course provides the student with an opportunity to build upon and advance in skills with the digital sound and distribution system. They will learn this through lecture and practical application.
PROD-3022Properties 23
Students will continue to learn new techniques and materials and will build upon the business skills required for the theatre production process. Sound principles of props construction will be reinforced as they are introduced to new materials, fasteners and adhesives. They will learn in areas of carving a Styrofoam black, creating paper props and breaking down props for stage. Learning will also be derived from in- class lectures and brainstorm and role play activities.
THEA-1005Practicum 21.2
The student will continue to build skills by working on event and theatre productions.
COMP-1454Theatrical Computers & Networks3
Introduction to computer uses for basic theatre business skills inc. Spreadsheets, databases. Introduction to networking hardware including wiring standards, terminations etc. Introduction to networking configurations including I.P. addressing.
DESG-3048Technical Skills 23
In this course students continue to build upon their skills in art and theatre history, understanding and creating construction and technical drawings. The students will learn about the scenic painting side of scenic construction.
This course is an introduction basic electrical theory, common types of power service, the types of cables and connectors typically used for power and data flow in the theatre. Students will learn safe wiring practices and methods of troubleshooting electrical problems.

Level 3
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
PROD-3023Technology Integration 13
In this course, students will learn the basic principles of automation as it pertains to the current entertainment industry environment. Students will study latching relay circuits, pneumatics, winches, and automation components and how they can be applied to live production. Learning will be derived from: in class lecture, independent research, hands on development of a relay "Instructable", workbench assembly of a basic pneumatic system, and a final project involving creating a mini "show" using the schools' automation system.
THEA-3006Lighting 33
Along with continuing to learn skills in advanced programming techniques for theatre and the integration of multi-element integration with lighting, students will be taught special effects such as pyrotechnics, stage magic and atmospherics.
PROD-3024Sound 33
This course continues the advancement of the skills learned in PROD-1056 by expanding into audio systems for non-theatrical uses. They will continue to build on their system configuration and troubleshooting skills, as well as live mixing and audio processing skills.
PROD-3025Properties 33
In this hands on course students will continue learning more complex construction methods in the building and maintenance of soft props. They will begin in the skills of machine and hand sewing, dyeing fabrics and upholstery. Through in - class lectures and experimentation they will be introduced to fabric identification and the safe handling of synthetic dyes.
DRAF-1068Technical Drafting 13
Students will learn computer assisted drafting skills. They will apply these skills to scenic, lighting and sound drawings.
THEA-3003Practicum 33.6
The student will integrate skills from year one to projects within the theatre and will be introduced to career planning.

Level 4
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
COMP-3096Technology Integration 23
This course will explore the various applications of video technology in live production. Learning will be done through lecture, practical work and group assignments. Video cameras, display systems, video editing, pixel mapping and various control protocols are covered. Software used in this course include, Arkaos, Media Master, ETC Nomad, Show Control System and Adobe Creative Suite.
THEA-3004Collaborative Projects12
Students will apply their skills to collaborative and theatrical works. Using their accumulated knowledge to supervise, create and execute special projects.
DRAF-3036Technical Drafting 23
Students will continue to build on skills from Technical Drafting 2 with emphasis on generating industry standard paperwork.

Gen Ed - Electives
Take 6 General Education Credits -
Normally taken in Levels 3 and 4

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 - 2021/2022

Career Opportunities

Theatre Arts - Technical Production graduates will have the opportunity to obtain employment with theatre and production companies worldwide, as backstage technicians or as team members in independent productions, and design and production assistance across all media. Graduates may also work with companies who provide support for other aspects of the live performance industry including conventions, product/service demonstrations, live music performances, independent productions, film and television and multi-media.

More Information - 2021/2022

A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma Program
Program Code: THR1
Campus Code: LCD (LCD - London-Downtown)

January Admission
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at


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

Program Description

This two-year Ontario College Diploma program provides the skills necessary for students wishing to enter the workforce in the live entertainment industry. Through both practical application and classroom theory, students will develop skills using the technologies of theatre production, with emphasis on lighting, sound, video and properties. To enhance these skills the students will also learn a range of disciplines including, networks, properties, scenic painting, rigging, special effects, design communications, theatre and art history and project management.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. Design and construct stage sets for musical and drama productions.

2. Design and construct stage lighting and special effects.

3. Manage effectively on the stage during all phases of production.

4. Identify, select and install lighting.

5. Understand safety precaution for theatre operation.

6. Manage the entire theatre production.

7. Paint and design scenery.

8. Develop some performance skills.

9. Use a variety of software related to current industry technology.

10. Demonstrate the ability to create and work independently and collaboratively.

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Karen Harley

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Ontario College Diploma
60 weeks