Technical Theatre Diploma

Faculty of Fine & Applied Arts
School of Performing Arts


Program Highlights

The Technical Theatre diploma is a two-year training program which will give students a thorough grounding in the art of stagecraft by applying a variety of skills and tools in lighting, sound, scenic construction, prop making, scenic paint and stage management to produce numerous productions.

Students also learn about the history of performance and gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a professional theatre crew. Throughout the program, the training evolves into practice, providing hands-on technical and creative support to a variety of live events in the BlueShore Centre for the Performing Arts on both professional and student productions.

  • Communication - Demonstrate leadership and personal skills in the workplace.
  • Communication - Display spatial awareness in individual and group settings on a crew.
  • Communication - Employ well developed personal skills and an awareness of self in individual and group settings.
  • Critical Thinking - Understand and identify with the content of the text as it applies to the design.
  • Critical Thinking - Investigate and problem solve in an individual and a collaborative team setting.
  • Critical Thinking - Integrate the techniques of creative process into the production area.
  • Quantitative Reasoning - Employ the tools and technology required for theatre production and design.
  • Quantitative Reasoning - Apply measurement skills, problem solving and computation in set construction and conceptual design.
  • Quantitative Reasoning - Examine knowledge of physics in lighting and sound design areas.
  • Quantitative Reasoning - Understand and interpret the design areas into a realized form for performance.


CampusTermsFull/Part Time
North VancouverFallBoth

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$6,853 $1,269 $8,122
Year 2$7,697 $1,269 $8,966
Year 3$0 $0 $0
Year 4$0 $0 $0
Year 5$0 $0 $0
Total$14,550 $2,538 $17,088

Note: Fees are subject to change. Some programs have fees for supplies and equipment that aren’t included in the estimate. To get an idea of what you’ll pay to study at CapU, try out our Tuition & Fees Estimator.

First Term

Total credits: 15.00

ASAS 120Elements of Performance History I3.00 credits
ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits
TECT 130Theatre Crew Responsibilities1.50 credits
TECT 132Stagecraft and Grip Production4.50 credits
THTR 160Technical Theatre Fundamentals3.00 credits


Second Term

Total credits: 15.00


Third Term

Total credits: 17.50

TECT 210Senior Production and Theatrical Design I1.50 credits
TECT 212Theatrical Lighting and Design1.50 credits
TECT 214Scenic Art1.50 credits
TECT 216Stagecraft and Scenic Art Responsibilities5.00 credits
TECT 218Stagecraft and Lighting Design5.00 credits
ENGL or CMNS 100 level or higher3.00 credits


Fourth Term

Total credits: 15.50

TECT 211Senior Production and Theatrical Design II1.50 credits
TECT 220Live and Studio Sound Design1.50 credits
TECT 222Properties Design1.50 credits
TECT 224Stagecraft and Senior Production Responsibilities5.00 credits
TECT 226Stagecraft and Properties6.00 credits


Total program credits: 63.00

Important Dates

Application Dates

May 1, 2018 - May 7, 2019

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 8, 2019

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 19, 2019 4:00 PM

Note: Dates are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

BC Secondary School graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent; or Mature Student status

Capilano English Language Requirement for students whose primary language is not English: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): paper=560, internet=83, or English Language Assessment (ELA)=145, or International English Language Testing System (Academic IELTS)=6.5 overall, and no one score less than 6, or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)=70, or Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)=56 or Capilano University EAP 100 and 101 with a minimum B+ grade in each course.


For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar (pdf).


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