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Theatre Arts-Performance Adv Dip GBC

Theatre Arts-Performance Adv Dip GBC

George Brown College, Canada

About This Program

George Brown College's Theatre Arts-Performance Advanced Diploma program offers you concentrated, career-oriented training to learn the fundamental skills, practicalities, traditions and professionalism, so you can work as a professional actor in theatre, television and film.

The program has an integrated curriculum in five skill courses form the core of the classical approach to training the actor:

  • Voice;
  • Speech;
  • Movement;
  • Music and;
  • Dance.

The acting curriculum features:

  • Improvisation and contact improvisation;
  • Storytelling;
  • Poetry;
  • Text analysis;
  • Contemporary and classical scene studies;
  • Neutral mask, character mask, clowning, commedia dell’arte;
  • Television and film technique, and;
  • Audition preparation.

Other classes include:

  • Stage combat;
  • Dialectology;
  • Theatre history;
  • The business of acting, and;
  • The Alexander Technique.

Enrolment is limited, ensuring adequate personal attention is given to each student. Admission is competitive, based on the results of auditions and personal interviews conducted by faculty members.

Learn more about the Canada student visa category.

Course Delivery

This Theatre Arts-Performance Advanced Diploma is offered at Young Centre for the Performing Arts of George Brown College. 

The conservatory, hands-on training is an integrated curriculum in which almost all subjects are related directly to the acting profession.

George Brown College enjoys partnerships with Soulpepper Theatre Company and the Tarragon Theatre for workshop performances.


An ever-expanding local theatre scene creates a consistent demand for fresh faces and new talent in a range of educational, entertainment and commercial activities.  Despite competitiveness in the field, you may be able to establish a career in:

  • Theatre;
  • Television and;
  • Film.


Learning Outcomes

By the time you graduate, you will gain skills and have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Perform dramatic roles in a variety of styles, such as in children's plays, plays geared for school audiences, experimental plays presented by alternate theatres, in standard repertoire of current and classical plays presented by regional theatres and festivals, as well as in musicals, revues and cabaret productions;
  2. Perform non-classical, vocal material - solo and choral - and execute basic dance steps and choreography as required by musical productions and classical plays;
  3. Apply different techniques required to perform on proscenium, thrust or arena stages, as well as open air theatres;
  4. Adapt performing style to the electronic media; working for the camera (film, television and video production) as well as the microphone as in various aspects in radio broadcasting;
  5. Provide services as drama resource person for community theatre, recreational programs, children's programs and private teaching;
  6. Accept employment as a professional actor and provide services to professional standards.

Course Outline


  • THEA1001:  Acting I
  • THEA1003:  Dance I
  • THEA1004:  Movement I
  • THEA1006:  Voice I
  • THEA1005:  Vocal Music I
  • THEA1008:  Speech I
  • THEA1013:  Group Improvisation
  • THEA1015:  Contact Improvisation
  • THEA1028:  Acting I - Test Piece
  • THEA1029:  Storytelling
  • GHUM1067:  The History of Western Theatre
  • COMM1007:  College English
  • GNED:  General Education Elective


  • THEA1002:  Acting II
  • THEA1010:  Dance II
  • THEA1017:  Movement II
  • THEA1016:  Voice II
  • THEA1009:  Vocal Music II
  • GHUM1092:  Theatre History I
  • THEA1012:  Stage Combat I
  • THEA1014:  Workshop Performance I - Act Shakespeare
  • THEA1031:  Shakespeare Bath
  • THEA1032:  Neutral Mask
  • THEA1018:  Speech II
  • GNED:  General Education Elective


  • THEA2001:  Acting III
  • THEA2041:  Acting III Workshop
  • THEA2004:  Dance III
  • THEA2016:  Movement III
  • THEA2002:  Voice III
  • THEA2009:  Vocal Music III
  • THEA2022:  Theatre History II
  • THEA2024:  Business of Acting I
  • THEA2028:  Text Study I
  • THEA2014:  Speech III
  • THEA2013:  Children’s Play Performance
  • THEA2039:  Clown


  • THEA2007:  Acting IV
  • THEA2003:  Television and Film Technique
  • THEA2008:  Dance IV
  • THEA2021:  Movement IV
  • THEA2017:  Voice IV
  • THEA2019:  Vocal Music IV
  • THEA2023:  Theatre History III
  • THEA2025:  Business of Acting II
  • THEA2011:  Stage Combat II
  • THEA2046:  Text Study II
  • THEA2018:  Speech IV
  • THEA2020:  Workshop Performance II
  • THEA2045:  Character Mask


  • THEA3001:  Acting V - TEST PIECE
  • THEA3016:  Showcase Performance I
  • THEA3005:  Dance V
  • THEA3004:  Movement V
  • THEA3003:  Voice V
  • THEA3006:  Vocal Music V
  • THEA3007:  Speech V
  • THEA3014:  Introduction to Alexander Technique
  • THEA3017:  Theatre Ontario Monologue Study
  • THEA3018:  The Artist as Producer


  • THEA3011:  Dance VI
  • THEA3010:  Showcase Performance II
  • THEA3013:  Movement VI
  • THEA3008:  Voice VI
  • THEA3012:  Vocal Music VI
  • THEA3009:  Speech VI
  • THEA3015:  Alexander Technique II

Course Info

Course Code : P104

College : George Brown College

Duration : 3 years

Qualifications Level : Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Fees :

All fees listed below are quoted in Canadian Dollar (CAD).

  • Application Fee:  95
  • Base Tuition Fee:  13,520 for 2 semesters, 20,280 for 3 semesters
  • Audition fee (payable in cash or money order only):  50
  • Incidental Fees (student ID, student association membership, etc.):  1,500
  • Public Transportation, estimated per year:  1,500
  • Supplies, estimated per year: 1,000 - 1,200
  • Textbooks:  500
  • Field trips and industry site visits:  50
  • Mandatory Health Insurance:
    • One year coverage, from Sep to Aug: 603.34
    • 8 months coverage, from Jan to Aug: 409.91
    • 4 months coverage, from May to Aug: 215.44

Take note of the following:

  • The above figures represent what George Brown College expects will be your reasonable international fees. 
  • Externship, internship, work term, apprenticeship fees are not included in the tuition fee.  This could range from $450 to a full term.
  • You will be responsible for your own transportation to complete externship, internship or practical lab requirements not listed above.

Accommodation for International Students at George Brown College

Toronto has a large housing and rental market that offers numerous accommodation options for students.  George Brown College however, does not arrange non-homestay accommodation for students. Estimated costs for privately arranged accommodation may range from $500-$1200 per month, depending on individual living situation and location.

George Brown College's free Housing Services offer support in helping students find off-campus housing.  This will be an advantage for you as it generally takes about 2-3 weeks to find an apartment in Toronto. Apartment listings usually go up 1-2 months previous to their availability so if you’re looking to move beginning of September it is usually good to start looking in July.

Housing Cost (your choice):

  • Landing Pad for 4 weeks:  750/month
  • Homestay for 2 months minimum:  750/month
  • Dormitory
    • September to April:  6,900
    • January to April:  3,450
    • May to August:  595/month

If you would rather live in the residence of the college, you should sign up early.  The George, as the building is known, has the flexibility of 8 month- (Fall/Winter) and 4 Month- (Summer) agreements. Units are 2-bedroom suites that include a kitchenette and 3-piece bathroom with Wi-Fi, phone, and cable television.

As costs are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by the administration of George Brown College.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socializing, and health.

Intake Dates :

There is only ONE intake every year and this is in SEPTEMBER.

IVC has a 3-month preparation period that includes, among others:

  • Review by the School of Media and Performing Arts of George Brown College for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the International Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Payment of tuition fee;
  • Payment and processing of your living expenses fund if you are applying under the Student Direct Stream;
  • Seeking accommodation.

It is important to apply early as this course may have many applicants.  Moreover, beginning an application well in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the IELTS and consolidate your academic and professional credentials for your visa application.  So make sure you apply early!

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of George Brown College as listed:

  • You must have completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent.
    • You should have also finished Grade 12 English
    • Previous studies may qualify you for course exemptions.  Talk to your Visa Counselor about this.
  • There is a special audition requirement that you must comply with if you meet the academic requirements.
    • Auditions take place in April and May for the September start date.
    • You must present two contrasting monologues. Both the monologues must be memorized.
      • One monologue should be chosen from the classical repertoire (i.e. 1575-1700);
      • The second monologue should be contemporary (i.e. after 1900).
      • The monologues MUST be from published plays (stories, poetry, movies, TV or self-written material is not acceptable).
      • Monologues must not exceed 1½ minutes each.
    • You must also present one memorized song.
      • The song can be from any repertoire.
      • You will be singing without accompaniment.
    • As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests that should have a validity of two years:
      • IELTS (Academic Test) 6.0 overall band score with no individual band under 5.5;
      • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based (TOEFL iBT): 80 overall, minimum 20 in each skill band;
      • PTE Academic:  54 overall minimum, 50 in each skill band.

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