CCPA offers three programs with the high-caliber instruction that is aligned with the needs of the industry:

  • Performing Arts Diploma*
  • Performing Arts Certificate*
  • Applied Performing Arts Diploma*

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 endeavors.

Classes are taught by our outstanding faculty from across the nation. They are working professionals in the fields of acting, dance, singing, and career management. See Faculty Profiles>

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. Learn more >

What You’ll STUDY

ACT Deepen your understanding of the actor’s role, the preparation and analysis expected in the profession, and get the tools necessary to achieve those goals. Alongside your classical acting courses you’ll study dialects, physical theatre, collaborative play-building, stage combat, and acting for film.

DANCE Develop your technique and cultivate expressiveness in ballet, contemporary/ jazz, tap, and musical theatre styles. Classes are offered from beginner to advanced levels.

SING Fine-tune your singing in private voice lessons, vocal ensemble, and Connections (our lab-like vocal masterclass). You’ll also study music theory.

PERFORM Performing is a skill in itself. Audition training and masterclasses are part of the weekly curriculum. Outside of class students have 5+ performance opportunities per year in house and in the community including Vancouver Island’s premiere venues.

CAREER Career management courses start in the first term and run to the end of the program. Students are immersed in the business and administration of arts: manage yourself as a freelancer, build your own company, write grant proposals, and more. Second year students have the opportunity to be paired with a faculty mentor to create and present their own work.

Performing Arts Certificate*

Already have work experience or post-secondary education in performing arts? This 31-week certificate is a tailored version of our Diploma program, customized for each student according to their needs. Applicants to this program require a special application including references from industry professionals. Learn more >

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. Learn more >

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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.