PROGRAMS

CCPA offers three programs with the high-caliber instruction that is aligned with the needs of the industry. Our programs are intensive. The curriculum is designed to give students a strong foundation for a career in the performing arts. This career requires the discipline to continually refine your personal craft while simultaneously maintaining accountability to others during a production or project, as well as managing your career as an entrepreneur. Our students develop a robust work ethic and high standards of conduct that serve them in all their future endeavours.
Metamorphoses, 2013 | director Barbara Poggemiller | photo credit David Lowes

All three programs offer a conservatory-style performing arts curriculum to students who seek intensified skill-based alternatives to longer academically-oriented university programs.

  • Intense exposure to acting, voice & dance
  • Private coaching and tutorials
  • Instruction in career management
  • Faculty, staff, & guest artists are working professionals
  • High number of teaching and rehearsal hours
  • Less than 3:1 student/faculty ratio
  • Numerous performance opportunities
  • Collaborations with professional companies
  • Opportunities to create your own work
  • Individualized curriculum tailored to you
  • Professional mentorships in writing, directing, choreography, production, design and more

PERFORMING ARTS DIPLOMA*

Our two-year conservatory style program is designed to train students in acting, voice, and dance. Here at CCPA you’ll study these three pillars of performing arts. Your technical training is complemented by ample performance opportunities and career management courses, both starting in your first term.
 

PERFORMING ARTS CERTIFICATE*

Already have work experience or post-secondary education in performing arts? The certificate program offers 31 weeks of intensive training in acting, singing, dance, and career management, customized for each student according to their previous experience and skill level. Applicants to this program require a special application including references from industry professionals.
 

APPLIED PERFORMING ARTS DIPLOMA*

Graduates of the Performing Arts Diploma and Performing Arts Certificate may audition for the Applied Performing Arts Diploma. In this 21-week intensive program you’ll develop and mount three separate shows in a theatrical collective. The group is mentored by working professionals in all areas of production and design. You’ll continue in dance classes, private and group voice studies, acting, and career management workshops throughout the 21 weeks.
 

Cabaret, 2017 | director Ron Jenkins | photo credit Peter Pokorny

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Diploma

The two year Performing Arts Diploma program offers advanced instruction in the performing arts (acting, singing, dancing) plus a focus on career development with direct links to opportunities in the theatre, recording and film industries. Training is offered at professional standards.

Upon completion of this program the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Understand the nature of a career in theatre
  • Maintain the physical conditioning necessary to withstand the rigors required in rehearsal and performance
  • Execute the variety of skills which are most beneficial to a long and successful career
  • Understand the business of performing arts, i.e. agents, unions, taxes, contracts, resumes
  • Understand and possess the skills required to garner professional contracts
  • Achieve their goals and make the best choices for their continued studies and career
  • Execute the entrepreneurial skills required by an ever evolving industry

Certificate

The one year Performing Arts Certificate program offers advanced instruction in the performing arts (acting, singing, dancing) plus a focus on career development with direct links to opportunities in the theatre, recording and film industries. Training is offered at professional standards and placements will be customized based on the applicant’s previous experience and skill level. Classes are rigorous and intensive and comprise the full complement of disciplines required for a successful, enduring career on stage or screen. This program is designed for working professionals or those that have completed a relevant post-secondary program and want a one year intensive program to update their skills. Applicants to this program require a special application, including references from industry professionals and/or successful completion of an undergraduate degree in a related field.

Upon completion of this program the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Understand the nature of a career in theatre
  • Maintain the physical conditioning necessary to withstand the rigors required in rehearsal and performance
  • Execute the variety of skills which are most beneficial to a long and successful career
  • Understand the business of performing arts, i.e. agents, unions, taxes, contracts, resumes
  • Understand and possess the skills required to garner professional contracts
  • Achieve their goals and make the best choices for their continued studies and career
  • Execute the entrepreneurial skills required by an ever evolving industry

Applied Diploma

The mandate of the Applied Diploma program is to offer an opportunity to expand students’ repertoire through rehearsal and performance experience in a collaborative, ensemble environment. Students will work with professional directors on three diverse productions and will be mentored in all aspects of mounting a theatre production under the guidance of mentors that are experts in their field. Mentorships will be assigned to fit the program, the director’s vision for the show, and to meet production needs for each individual show.

In order to be considered for the Company C Studio Ensemble Program, the applicant must:

  • Have successfully completed either the Diploma or Certificate program at the Canadian College of Performing Arts
  • Submit a completed Studio Ensemble Program Application Form and pay audition fees
  • Attend an interview with the audition panel
  • Present other audition material as may be requested by the audition panel

The audition will be conducted by a panel of Canadian College of Performing Arts faculty and/or directors. Guests may be invited to the panel. The applicant’s demonstrated ability to contribute to the full range of duties required for cooperative production, professionalism and teamwork during their prior studies in a Canadian College of Performing Arts program will be taken into consideration, as well as the casting requirements for the productions proposed for the specific program year.

Upon completion of this program the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Develop and create stage productions
  • Further develop and sustain a role in a play or a musical
  • Collaborate with other actors in the development of a character
  • Contribute fully in all creative, study, rehearsal, technical and performance aspects of the productions
  • Work at the standards required by professional directors and Actor’s Equity
  • Control and work with fiscal and budgetary aspects of a production (i.e. promotions & fund-raising)
  • Develop new skills in areas such as the technical and administrative positions that are necessary for a successful theatre production.
  • Maintain their performing arts skills in a professional work setting

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*This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.