Upcoming Programs

In order to continue offering relevant and cutting edge programs to prepare students for employment in the arts, the School of Creative Arts is currently in the process of developing new and expanded programming in the ares of Animation and Visual Effects, and Film, Theatre, and Live Entertainment to be launched in fall 2018, pending government approval.

Throughout the past year, the School of Creative Arts has made significant advancements in the approval process required by the Government of Alberta and the Campus Alberta Quality Council.  While the first classes are anticipated to take place in fall of 2018, full approval from the Government of Alberta is required to begin accepting applications.  Because of this requirement, applications for the two degrees will not be open with general RDC applications on October 1, 2017.

We strongly encourage interested students to provide their contact information to the School of Creative Arts at creativearts [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca to receive updates and notification of when applications open (pending government approval).

 

Bachelor of Applied Arts in Animation and Visual Effects – adding a completely new, digital art based program to the School and filling a current educational gap in the province.

Anticipated admission requirements (Pending approval):

  • Minimum 60% in ELA 30-1
  • Minimum 50% in a Group A, B, or C course or a 5-credit Advanced CTS course (A 30-level Math or Science course is recommended)

 

Bachelor of Applied Arts in Film, Theatre, and Live Entertainment – providing students with an even broader scope of knowledge and skills required to work in acting or production roles.

Anticipated admission requirements (Pending approval):

  • Minimum 60% in ELA 30-1
  • Minimum 50% in a Group A, B, or C course (A 30-level Fine Arts course is recommended)
  • Additional requirements: There will also be an audition/interview for the acting stream and an interview for the Production Stream. These details have not yet been determined.

 

These programs will:

  • Offer even more relevant and timely courses to help prepare students for their careers in the theatre and film industries.
  • Combine classroom training with practical application of skills to help transition students from the classroom directly into professional practice. The fourth year is unique with no formal classes, providing students with practical work experience.
  • Offer students the opportunity to complete their degrees in central Alberta, providing financial benefits for students and their families and economic benefits to the local communities.
  • Allow Theatre and Film programs to continue as a vital part of the School of Creative Arts, providing students with the best-possible education pathways for their future careers in the theatre and film, and live entertainment industries.

While transitioning to the 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.

 

What does this mean for current students?
RDC is committed to our student’s success and ensures that all students currently in the Theatre & Entertainment Production and Theatre Performance & Creation diploma programs, including those who start in fall 2016, will be able to complete their programs as well as transition into Motion Picture Arts in Fall 2017 and Fall 2018.

What does this mean for prospective students ready to start at RDC in Fall 2017 or Winter 2018?
Although RDC will not accept intake into these diploma programs for fall 2017, students who are interested in our new applied degree programs may consider taking related courses starting in fall 2017 or winter 2018 through Open Studies and then apply for the new applied degree programs in fall 2018. There are a number of courses that students can take for credit towards our new programs, as well as other related courses we can recommend to better prepare them (i.e. Drama, English, Art, History, etc.).

Please contact the School of Creative Arts Advising & Recruiting Specialist at creativearts [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca to discuss your options for 2017-2018.

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