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.


Program name
Theatre Arts-Preparation
1 year (2 semesters)
Starting month
Ontario College Certificate
Method of study

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Domestic students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 N/A
May 2021 N/A
International students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 N/A
May 2021 N/A

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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.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Employ improvisational skills for problem-solving and character development.
  2. Analyze different styles and genres of performance.
  3. Develop a career and professional development plan to enhance work performance and maintain currency with industry.
  4. Identify career opportunities in the performing arts industry, including opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurial arts work therein.
  5. Work collaboratively to prepare and present an interdisciplinary performance.
  6. Interact in a professional manner appropriate to the performing arts industry.

Required Courses


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
THEA1021Performing Arts Career Studies I
THEA1022Dramatic Literature
THEA1036Fundamentals of Acting
THEA2031History of Canadian Drama
COMM1007College English
GNEDGeneral Education Elective


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
THEA1023Introduction to Voice, Movement and Speech
THEA2030Performing Arts Career Studies II
THEA2033Monologue Study
THEA2047Introduction to Scene Study
THEA2040Creative Process
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

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.


$4,569.00 *

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 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

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

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

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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Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

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.

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

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Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2167


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