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Acting for Film TV & the Theatre Diploma

Intake: January, April, July and October each year
Program Length: 18 months

Program Description

Toronto is the third most active scene for English-speaking theatre globally and a major player in international film. Highly skilled, professional acting graduates are well positioned for many creative and exciting career opportunities on stage and screen.

The Acting for Film, TV and the Theatre program at the Toronto Film School blends a film acting focus with the critical foundations of stage technique. Specific courses explore each area of acting, including:

  • Movement
  • Voice
  • Acting for camera
  • Improvisation and voiceover

With supporting courses in:

  • Film and performance history
  • Scripting
  • Directing
  • Career management

In this program, students collaborate closely with those in other Toronto Film School programs (Film Production and Writing for Film & TV) and work under intense apprenticeship conditions to absorb the rhythm and discipline that their craft demands. Students will perform in both a stage play and a short film towards the end of the program.

Students will also benefit from the support and mentorship of faculty who are talented and successful professionals. Program faculty have trained and worked in Eastern Europe, the United States, the United Kingdom, Africa, Japan, and all across Canada, bringing with them techniques learned directly from stage pioneers and extensive real-life acting experience.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the Acting for Film, TV and the Theatre program, graduates will be able to:

  • Understand the history of cinema.
  • Understand the history of live performance from its origins in tribal and religious ritual through to the present.
  • Understand the aesthetic theories and master works of directors who have shaped the cinematic language.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of acting, movement and voice techniques from Stanislavski, Michael Shurtleff, Sandford Meisner, Uta Hagen, Alexander and Linklater.
  • Adapt to different camera shots and out-of-sequence coverage.
  • Practice skills such as risk-taking, listening, research, script analysis, character work, improvisations and storytelling.
  • Use their voice as a free and expressive instrument and explore personal connections to different styles of text.
  • Understand the scriptwriting process.
  • Understand the role of the director and the issues that govern a shoot performance.
  • Use editing software and understand the theories and techniques of video editing.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the history and practices of the Canadian film industry, examining current trends and realities.
  • Manage their own careers in an effective and efficient manner, and have a full understanding of career topics such as auditions, agents, casting directors, professional organizations and unions, self-accounting procedures and the need for ongoing artistic training.
  • Demonstrate experience in two capstone projects – a stage play and a short film.
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