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Technical Theatre Programs at Ontario Colleges

What to expect from a career in Theatre Production

When we think of a night at the theatre, we typically think of the performers who bring the show to life. What we might not think of is the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure that stage productions go off without a hitch. Technical theatre programs at Ontario colleges help train students on all the aspects of backstage work, preparing them for a number of careers in the theatre industry.

If your interests are behind-the-scenes in the world of theatre, rather than centre stage, here’s what you need to know. More

Technical Theatre Courses

Technical theatre programs are intensive, covering an extensive range of skills and theory. Just a few of the areas these programs focus on include:

  • Set Crafting. This includes crafting props, scenery, costumes and more. You’ll also learn how to manage these items during a live performance.
  • Lighting, Sound and Rigging. You’ll learn to use the various pieces of equipment associated with these tasks, and also learn techniques on how to integrate them into a live performance.
  • Special Effects. Learn to seamlessly integrate and control life-like effects into a stage production.

Most technical theatre programs also emphasize career planning in the curriculum, preparing students for work with an established company or as a freelance theatre production specialist.

General Technical Theatre Program Requirements

Ontario college technical theatre programs require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, which includes a grade 12 English credit. Experience working backstage in theatre productions is seen as an asset.

Technical Theatre Jobs and Salaries

With all the skills learned in technical theatre programs, students have the option to pursue a number of career fields, from costume and prop production to lighting and sound technician. Salaries will vary and will be dependent on whether you work independently or as part of a theatre company.

Starting salaries for jobs in technical theatre are typically around $28,000 per year, depending on position and experience. Salaries may rise to up to $60,000 or more per year with expertise and experience.

Ontario Colleges Offering Technical Theatre Programs

Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of technical theatre programs at Ontario colleges. Less

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Program Title College Campus Availability Program Delivery Start Date Website
Show details Advanced Special Effects Makeup, Prosthetics and Props SHERIDAN TRAFALGAR (OAKVILLE) OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Advanced Special Effects Makeup, Prosthetics and Props


  • Program Length: 3 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: PASEM
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Costume Production FANSHAWE LONDON - DOWNTOWN OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Costume Production


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: TCS2
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

This Program Requires A Degree Or College Diploma. It Is Offered At The Centre For Digital And Performance Arts In Downtown London.

Show details Entertainment Technology ST. CLAIR SOUTH CAMPUS OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Entertainment Technology


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: A872
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Makeup for Media and Creative Arts SHERIDAN TRAFALGAR (OAKVILLE) CLOSED Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Makeup for Media and Creative Arts


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: PMMCA
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Makeup For Media And Creative Arts SHERIDAN TRAFALGAR (OAKVILLE) OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Makeup For Media And Creative Arts


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: PMMCA
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Makeup For Media And Creative Arts SHERIDAN TRAFALGAR (OAKVILLE) OPEN Full Time 2018 - Jan Visit

Makeup For Media And Creative Arts


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: PMMCA
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Production Télévisuelle LA CITÉ OTTAWA OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Production Télévisuelle


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 51234
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: French
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
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Show details Technical Production For Theatre And Live Events SHERIDAN TRAFALGAR (OAKVILLE) OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Technical Production For Theatre And Live Events


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: PTTLP
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Theatre Arts - Production HUMBER LAKESHORE OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Theatre Arts - Production


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 04891
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Theatre Arts - Technical Production FANSHAWE LONDON - DOWNTOWN OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Theatre Arts - Technical Production


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: THR1
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

This Program Is Offered At The Centre For Digital And Performance Arts In Downtown London.

Show details Theatre Arts-Technical Production CAMBRIAN BARRYDOWNE (SUDBURY) OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Theatre Arts-Technical Production


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: PATT
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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