Theatre Arts-Preparation Program (P108)

Theatre Arts-Preparation
School of Media and Performing Arts
Young Centre for the Performing Arts
1 year (2 semesters)
Ontario College Certificate
Theatre Arts – Preparation is a dynamic one-year program, specifically designed for students to obtain the basic skills required to compete for a place in professional theatre schools.

Full Program Descriptions


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Theatre Arts – Preparation is a dynamic one-year program, specifically designed for students to obtain the basic skills required to compete for a place in professional theatre schools.

This exciting program develops knowledge and skills in the performance, business and production aspects of the performing arts, helping you to clarify future education and career objectives. Blending theory and practical skills, this program will help you develop the confidence, creativity and fundamental acting skills for this growing industry.

Courses will be taught by artists and teachers from the performing arts professions. You will have ample opportunity to meet Canadian artists, directors, designers, writers and technicians.

Part Time Study Options  

George Brown Continuing Education generally offers courses and part-time certificates in Acting, Dance, Film and Video, Screenwriting and Playwriting. See the Continuing Education Course Guide at

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Every credential at George Brown College delivers detailed program learning outcomes that are discipline specific and aligned with the appropriate credential level. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study.

In addition to the learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their core disciplinary or vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed for College programs through additional mandatory General Education or Liberal Studies courses in the program curriculum. Also, programs are designed to provide essential transferrable skills (referred to sometimes as essential employability skills), which include: communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills, among others.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit

Course Outline

Required Courses 


Code Course Name
THEA1021 Performing Arts Career Studies I
THEA1022 History of Dramatic Literature
THEA1027 Fundamentals of Acting
THEA2031 History of Canadian Drama
COMM1007 College English
GNED General Education Elective


Code Course Name
THEA1023 Introduction to Voice, Movement and Speech
THEA2030 Performing Arts Career Studies II
THEA2033 Monologue Study
THEA2034 Introduction to Scene Study
THEA2040 Creative Process
GNED General Education Elective

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Successful graduates may be prepared to audition in a formal performing arts career-training program.

Future Study Options 

Successful graduates of this program may wish to audition for the three-year Theatre Arts – Performance program or the two-year Acting for Media program.

Tuition and Fees


$4,750.00 *

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2017. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2018 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

International (Visa) Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Student Success

Success Stories  

Before landing his role as Junior Lolo on 21 Thunder, Emmanuel Kabongo had attended 357 auditions. The rising star knew that getting his name out there would be tough, but now that his hard work is paying off, he’s taking the time to savour his success. Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kabongo moved to Toronto from South Africa when he was 11. Before he discovered his passion for film and television, his first love was sports: basketball and soccer in particular. He attended George Brown College to play on the school’s basketball team and enrolled in a one-year theatre program to keep his spot. By the end of the year, Kabongo had acted in a student film, which solidified his decision to pursue acting as a career. Read more about Emmanuel's story here.

Emmanuel Kabongo (Graduate 2008, Introduction to Performing Arts Careers)

Contact Us

Contact Us  

School of Media and Performing Arts

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2167


For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.

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