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RDC adds new four-year applied degree in School of Creative Arts

Date posted: 
Wed, 09/26/2018
Bachelor of Applied Arts announcement Sept. 26, 2018

Red Deer College leaders, faculty, staff and guests joined Minister of Advanced Education, Marlin Schmidt, for an important announcement today. RDC has been given approval to launch a new four-year degree, Bachelor of Applied Arts in Film, Theatre, and Live Entertainment, starting in September 2019.

“All Albertans deserve to have access to a high-quality education that helps them get good jobs in our diversifying economy. By creating this unique and interdisciplinary applied degree program focusing on film, theatre and production, Red Deer College is providing students with exciting and creative learning opportunities and preparing them for successful careers in the arts,” says Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education

RDC President & CEO Joel Ward shared the impact that this announcement will have on the College and its learners. “Students will be able to complete all four years of this degree at RDC. We are proud to be the only public post-secondary institution in Alberta to offer a fully integrated film, theatre, and live entertainment degree,” he says. 

The new degree will provide students opportunities to develop foundational skills in communication, storytelling, directing and business skills. This degree will offer learners the choice of three majors: Acting, Film Production, or Live Entertainment Production.

“The curriculum builds upon current artistic learning outcomes and activities already taught in the RDC School of Creative Arts, and develops our learners’ technical, conceptual and creative foundation, producing graduates who are industry relevant and industry ready,” says Jason Frizzell, Dean of RDC’s School of Creative Arts. “Students will be able to study in several areas of interest through required courses and a blend of electives.”

Frizzell and the RDC team of faculty and staff are continuing to address the demand for industry focused training in the School of Creative Arts. “This program will allow students to collaborate with program peers and industry experts, and will be taught by professionally practicing artists,” he says. “In the fourth year, learners will gain valuable practical experience through directed work-study and independent projects which will help prepare them for a range of exciting employment opportunities.”

The application process for RDC’s new Bachelor of Applied Arts in Film, Theatre, and Live Entertainment will open up to prospective students October 1, 2018.

“This is an exciting day for Red Deer College, and another step growing our programming with an additional four-year degree that we fully offer, as we continue the journey to becoming a comprehensive regional teaching university,” says Ward.

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Photo caption (l - r): Barb Miller, MLA for Red Deer South, Chaise Combs, RDC Students’ Association President, Morris Flewwelling, RDC Board of Governors Chair, Honourable Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education, Joel Ward, RDC President & CEO, Jason Frizzell, Dean of RDC’s School of Creative Arts and Kim Schreiner, MLA for Red Deer North.

For additional information contact:

Brent Forster
Communications Strategist – Corporate

Shelley Newman
Communications Strategist – Corporate