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Theatre Arts - Production

Credential: Diploma Program Code: 04891 Length: 4 semesters

Programs Starting Between:

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses: 
    • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent) 
    • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above




  • Grade 12 Mathematics (MAP4C, MCT4C, MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U (or equivalent)

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

Selection Includes Additional Requirements:

Admission is based on the academic criteria indicated and the result of the evaluation of additional requirements which may include a portfolio, audition, letter of intent, references, etc. These vary by program. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission.

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2018LakeshoreOpenOpen

The 2017-2018 fee for 2 semesters was:

  • domestic: $4,416.58
  • international: $14,671.00

Fees are subject to change.

Additional Costs

$100 to $150 – personal protective equipment (safety shoes, hard hat, safety glasses, etc.); $300 to $350 – required tools; $570 to $600 – textbooks; $120 – drafting and other materials

Fees by Semester 


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Program Contact(s)

Tanya Greve, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 79059



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Phone 1-416-675-5067

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In order to continue with your application for Theatre Arts - Production, you must complete this step in the application process. Applicant selection is based on academic criteria and results of these additional requirements. This contains all information to prepare and submit additional requirements for consideration.

If you have any questions, please contact Admissions.

Additional Requirements

Resume and Cover Letter

Theatre Arts - Production is a vibrant and emerging field of study and area of employment. Graduates of Humber College's Theatre Arts - Production program go on to exciting careers in such areas of employment as theatre management, live sound production, set and costume design, lighting, props and live event production. Similar to the industry itself, Humber's Theatre Arts - Production program requires passion, collaboration and a willingness to work. This program will provide opportunities for students to demonstrate leadership within this field.

In your cover letter, in 500 to 750 words, discuss your knowledge of the theatre production industry, list any high school or community theatre work with which you have been involved and discuss your immediate and long-term objectives.

Submission Instructions

Applicants must submit their resume and cover letter through SlideRoom. SlideRoom is a secure site where additional requirements are collected, scored and stored.  Log-in to and create your free account.  There will be additional instructions once your account has been created.

Applicants must meet both academic and additional requirements in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility does not guarantee an offer of admission.

All additional requirements will be evaluated and a score will be calculated by the academic school.

Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 4Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Our Program

Humber’s Theatre Arts - Production diploma program provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to launch your career working in the professional theatre industry. You will learn how to build exquisite props, puppets, costumes, set pieces and painted scenery; how to incorporate light and sound into a theatrical performance; and how to serve the collaborative team through stage and production management. You will develop hands-on expertise mounting productions for the Humber Theatre season in partnership with students enrolled in our Theatre Arts - Performance program. The Humber Theatre season is fully integrated with the academic curriculum to ensure that neither productions nor classes are compromised.

We focus on creative work in a collaborative artistic environment, professional discipline, broad-based training and education in all areas of production for the performing arts, while instilling a commitment to lifelong learning in this constantly changing field.

All of our faculty have substantial industry experience, and part-time instructors have full-time professional careers. As well, professional directors, designers, production stage managers, fight directors and other specialists outside of the faculty are brought in for the Humber Theatre season and other projects. We hire directors and designers who are known for their unusual and innovative approaches. Their creativity brings constant challenges, excitement and learning opportunities to the Humber Theatre production season and enhances in-class instruction. These professionals often provide our students with contacts, references and employment opportunities.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Design and construct stage sets for musical and drama productions.

  • Design and construct stage sets for musical and drama productions.

  • Design and construct the physical elements for stage and actors to achieve production-specific goals.
  • Design and construct stage lighting and special effects.

  • Design and construct stage lighting and special effects.

  • Provide a cohesive production experience through the integration and operation of theatre technology.
  • Manage effectively on the stage during all phases of production.

  • Manage effectively on the stage during all phases of production.

  • Collaborate with all members of a production team to enable the creative expression of diverse ideas and concepts.
  • Identify, select and install lighting.

  • Identify, select and install lighting.

  • Maintain safety standards for theatre operations.
  • Understand safety precaution for theatre operation.

  • Understand safety precaution for theatre operation.

  • Manage all phases of a theatre production to industry standards.
  • Manage the entire theatre production.

  • Manage the entire theatre production.

  • Integrate applied research on national and international theatrical history and culture to inform professional discussions.
  • Paint and design scenery.

  • Paint and design scenery.

  • Develop some performance skills.

  • Develop some performance skills.


The Humber Experience


Recent Productions

Each year, Humber Theatre presents a number of original productions which demand the full creative engagement of performance and production students under the guidance of internationally recognized artists.

The Humber Advantage

State-of-the-art Facilities

Students in our program use a flexible black box theatre, which features moveable seats for up to 120 people. It can be configured in any number of ways (end stage, thrust, arena), allowing people to exercise their creativity. This is especially valuable for experimental performances where unusual arrangements of audience and stage may be needed. We have well-equipped wardrobe, carpentry, paint and prop shops, and a wide range of lighting, sound and rigging equipment.

Our Faculty 

All of our faculty has substantial industry experience.

Heather Kent Diana Belshaw Tom Baranski

Student Success Stories

Jeff McCarron

"My time at Humber let me explore the different roles in the Theatre and Events industry and decide what I loved and what I was good at. I also got my first taste of professional-level production management, which became my ultimate career path."

- Jeff McCarron

Your Career

With more than 90 venues in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and many more producing companies, Toronto is the third-largest theatre centre in the English-speaking world. Toronto is also the source of theatre productions, concert tours and industrial shows that tour nationally and internationally.

There are many opportunities behind the scenes for the technicians and craftspeople we train; and our graduates make careers as carpenters, prop builders, puppeteers, conventional and moving light technicians, sound technicians, wardrobe personnel, riggers, and scenic painters.

In the management realm, our graduates work as stage managers, technical directors and production managers. Our graduates also work in related areas of the entertainment industry including cruise ships, theme parks, ice shows, concert tours, industrial presentations, specialized service companies, film and television. Some graduates form companies collaborating with performers and designers to create original work. Your career may also take you to more senior management positions.

Our Industry Partnerships

Humber works with many professional theatres, equipment suppliers, production service companies, professional organizations, artists and unions who assist with equipment, facilities, expertise, workshops, backstage tours and professional opportunities. Recent partners include Airmagic Pyrotechnics & Special Effects, Freeman Audio Visual, The Set Shop, Canada’s Wonderland, Canstage, Canadian Opera Company, Christie Lites, Cirque du Soleil, Clay and Paper Theatre, Contact Distribution, Factory Theatre, Hamilton Scenic Specialty, IATSE Locals 58, 822 and 828, Jack A. Frost Ltd., Natural Resources Canada – Explosives, Regulatory Division, Nightswimming Theatre, Oakville Centre for Performing Arts, One Little Goat, Paragon Props, Production Resource Group (PRG), Pyrotek Special Effects Inc., RC4 Wireless Dimming and Motion, Red Pepper Spectacle Arts, Rosco Laboratories Ltd., SF Marketing, Shaw Festival Theatre, Show Pro, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Tarragon Theatre, The Living Arts Centre, The Puppetmongers, The Rabbit’s Choice, Common Boots Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, and William F. White Ltd.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Qualified students have the opportunity to earn Working at Heights, Personnel Lift Training, and First Aid/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certifications as part of their program.  

There is an additional cost for some of these certifications.

Additional requirements and/or costs may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

Advisory Committee

The Theatre Arts - Production program Advisory Committee ensures that the program is as up-to-date as possible to ensure that students are receiving the most current education to help them succeed in the performing arts.

Advisory Committee

Bonnie Armstrong Operations Manager, Markham Theatre For Performing Arts
Cheryl Batulis Business Agent, IATSE Local 822
Jim Brett President, IATSE Local 58
David D'Anjou Franco Dragone Entertainment Group
David James Production Resource Group
Bob Johnston President of Sales, Christie Lites Sales
Fina MacDonell The Rabbit's Choice
Darryl Matthews Staging Co-Ordinator, Freeman Audio Visual Canada

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