Career Programs

Live Entertainment Design and Production


Our program provides students with the skills necessary to pursue a career in the behind-the-scenes aspects of live entertainment, events and performing arts industries. A common first year provides students with a general basis of skills, knowledge and techniques, and introduces them to the specializations explored in the two profile options. In years two and three, students follow a focused, in-depth study of the particular production departments in the profile option of their choice. Our program emphasizes practical, hands-on skills and students apply those techniques in classes and the productions that the department mounts in collaboration with the Professional Theatre Acting program and ALC Theatre Workshop option, in our state-of-the-art Casgrain Theatre.

Profile A: Production Design and Creation

This profile option is focused on specialization in costume, props and scenery with an emphasis on design, fabrication and management of these production departments. Students follow the design process from analysis and concept development, to development of presentation materials, through to the onstage integration of the design. Students learn costume making, prop fabrication, scenery construction techniques, scene painting and the management of budgets, resources and crew in order to make those designs a reality.

Profile B: Technical Design and Management

This profile option focuses on the production departments of management, lighting, sound and video. In the management component, students learn skills revolving around stage management, technical direction and production management; everything necessary in the organization of a production and how to bring the technical, creative and performance elements together. In lighting, sound and video, students learn both the technical and creative aspects in the content creation and system designs of these departments.


  • You want to create.
  • You want to bring your ideas to life.
  • You are passionate and dedicated.
  • You are motivated by teamwork, collaboration and leadership.
  • You thrive in the arts and get excited by the shared experience.
  • of live performance.


Although our primary focus is theatre training, the skills acquired in our program can lead to many allied areas of the industry. In addition to theatre, graduates find work in television, cinema, video production, motion capture work for video games and virtual media, the cruise ship industry, corporate and sporting events, retail design, fashion companies as well as with such organizations as The Walt Disney Company and Cirque du Soleil. Graduates can also continue their education at university or conservatories to further specialize in related fields.

If you are more interested in Acting, please visit the following page Professional Theatre Acting program.

Admission Requirements

CEGEP Requirements

A Secondary School Diploma which includes:
  • Secondary 5 Language of Instruction
  • Secondary 5 Second Language
  • Secondary 4 Mathematics
  • Secondary 4 Science and Technology
    OR Secondary 4 Applied Science and Technology
  • Secondary 4 History and Citizenship Education
OR a Secondary School Vocational Diploma which includes:
  • Secondary 5 Language of Instruction
  • Secondary 5 Second Language
  • Secondary 4 Mathematics

Please Note

Applicants who have not studied in Québec must have education deemed equivalent by the College.

How To Apply

John Abbott College is affiliated with the Service régional d’admission du Montréal métropolitain (SRAM) and uses its online application service.

The application deadline is March 1.

Warning: The documents and payment must be submitted by the deadline.


Program start: Fall


Admissions Office
514-457-6610 x5358, 5355 & 5361

Professional Theatre Department
514-457-6610 x5425

Student for a Day Program

You are interested in John Abbott College and would like spend a few hours on campus?

Please follow this link to fill out the form Student for a day, and someone will contact you to set up a time for you to come to JAC and discover our campus.

During the tour, you will visit our newly renovated library, our sports facilities, the campus store, the cafeteria, etc. You will also be shown all the services offered on “Main Street”. If you have questions about application and programs, you can speak to someone in Admissions.

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