General Arts and Science - Introduction to Performing Arts Careers Program (R102)

General Arts and Science – Introduction to Performing Arts Careers
School of Media and Performing Arts
Young Centre for the Performing Arts
1 year (2 semesters)
Ontario College Certificate
Introduction to Performing Arts Careers 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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Introduction to Performing Arts Careers 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  

Each George Brown College certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate program is expected to deliver specific program learning outcomes. 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. Programs are designed to deliver both vocation or discipline-specific learning outcomes and more generic essential employability skills (including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills).

In addition to the aforementioned learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory General Education courses in the program curriculum.

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

Course Outline

Required Courses 

Printable version Curriculum Planner Start Date (2013-2014)PDF icon


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 

By applying to the General Arts and Science two-year diploma program (R101), students in good academic standing may continue in its third semester and complete the diploma.

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


$3,871.00 *

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 2016. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2017 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)

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 Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

Apply To  

Ontario Colleges

Student Selection  

If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of seats available in this program, the following selection procedures may apply: assessing academic standing, relevant work or volunteer experience; and reviewing a written questionnaire to assess communication skills and knowledge.

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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