Theatre & Entertainment Production


While transitioning to two new applied degrees, the School of School of Creative Arts will suspend intake of the current Theatre & Entertainment Production and Theatre Performance & Creation diplomas past the 2016-17 academic year.

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Who are we…

Red Deer College's Theatre & Entertainment Production program is an innovative hands-on program designed to provide comprehensive behind-the-scenes training for the entertainment industry.  This program is unique, not so much in what we teach - but in how we teach it.  
Our two-year diploma program balances modules focused on classroom instruction and the equally demanding practical training during production periods.  This distinctive approach allows more personalized and focused learning through one-to-one mentoring with experts in the field. 

You will…

Learn from professional faculty and staff who are energetic, enthusiastic and dedicated to the highest standards of excellence. 
Learn through collaboration with directors and designers with shared access to costumes, props, weaponry, special effects & lighting and sound equipment.
Learn through intensive hands-on training and practicum experiences in a multitude of areas:
  • Production Crew
  • Scenic Props
  • Stagecraft 
  • Entertainment Industry Sound
  • Live Events Sound
  • Entertainment Industry Lighting 
  • Entertainment Arts Drafting
  • Stage and Event Management 
  • Entertainment Industry Design
  • Visual Fundamentals

Why are we great…

  • Our tremendous resources provide you with intense, real world experiences combined with the small class sizes and personal attention that make RDC a great place.
  • Applied behind-the-scenes training, blended with interdisciplinary opportunities in music, drama, visual arts and film.
  • You will work on more than 30 entertainment events throughout your program!
  • We teach you industry standard technical skills… You choose where it takes you: Music, Film, Theatre, Television, Special Effects, Cruise ships, Theme Parks and much more!
  • Learn how to build a box set, fly in a painted drop (or paint the drop), make fake food, or program moving lights.  
  • Continue your training at RDC through the Motion Picture Arts applied bachelors program.  Unique to Red Deer College, the Applied Degree in Motion Picture Arts offers intensive post-diploma training in Acting or Production.


Your specialized training and transferable skills in critical and analytical thinking techniques, communication, creative problem solving, and teamwork skills prepare you to enter the exciting entertainment industry. Possible career opportunities include:
  • Prop builders
  • Costume Designer & Wardrobe supervisors
  • Lighting and sound designers and technicians
  • Make-Up Artist
  • Set Designer
  • Stage carpenters
  • Scenic painters
  • Technical Director
  • Script Manager
  • Puppeteer
  • Casting Director
  • Stunt Coordinator
  • Entry-level stage managers
  • Follow spot operators
  • Production managers and management assistants
  • Stage electricians
  • Administrators in major centres of theatre, film, and entertainment in North America

Graduates working in production often join the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the labor union representing technicians, artisans and craftspeople in the entertainment industry, including live theatre, motion picture and television production, and trade shows. They may work on contract or may choose to freelance through the union.

Graduates may also choose to transfer credits and resume experience to B.F.A, B.Ed or B.A. or specialty study elsewhere in design or technology.

*Transfer arrangements are different at each university and you are advised to consult the Alberta Transfer Guide, your Advising & Recruitment Specialist and the University to which you will transfer for more information.