Performing Arts Fundamentals

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Program Code: 6400

School: School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design

Credential: Certificate

Program Type: Certificate program

Program Length: 1 year/ 2 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Story Arts Centre


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 5100

Centennial College's Performing Arts Fundamentals program, offered by the School of Communications, Media and Design, provides students with the foundation they need to explore a wide range of career opportunities in the performing arts. Students will develop core skills in music, theatre and dance, but can customize their program through advanced elective courses and express their talents in collaborative, multi-disciplinary performance projects. Students will also attend shows and network with leading industry professionals throughout the cultural hub of Toronto and will leave the program with a personalized, professional video portfolio to help launch their career.

Graduates from this arts certificate program will have the opportunity for direct entry into any of the following programs at Centennial College's School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design at the Story Arts Centre: Dance Performance (2 year Diploma), Music Industry Arts and Performance (3 year Advanced Diploma) or Theatre Arts and Performance (3 year Advanced Diploma). Minimum grade requirements will apply. 

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-160/161 College Communication 1 Story Arts Centre
PAFS-101 Introduction to Commercial Dance Story Arts Centre
PAFS-102 Introduction to Acting Story Arts Centre
PAFS-103 Introduction to Music Story Arts Centre
PAFS-104 Contemporary Performance Analysis Story Arts Centre
PAFS-199 Creativity in Context Story Arts Centre
Academic Option
DANC-102 Jazz 1 Story Arts Centre
MIAP-180 Private Lessons 1 Story Arts Centre
THEA-120 Script Reading & Analysis I: Canadian Playwrights Story Arts Centre

Semester Note

Academic Option - Students to choose one of the following courses in this semester: DANC-102, MIAP-180, THEA-120
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/171 College Communication 2 Story Arts Centre
GNED General Education Elective Story Arts Centre
PAFS-200 Professionalism in the Performing Arts Story Arts Centre
PAFS-201 Introduction to Arts Industry Story Arts Centre
PAFS-202 Interdisciplinary Ensemble Story Arts Centre
Academic Option
DANC-204 Commercial Dance 2 Story Arts Centre
MIAP-181 Private Lessons 2 Story Arts Centre
THEA-220 Script Reading & Analysis II: Western Classics Story Arts Centre

Semester Note

Academic Option - Students to choose one of the following courses this semester: MIAP-181, THEA-220, DANC-204

Program Highlights

  • Studio courses in all three core disciplines: Music, theatre, and dance.
  • Specialized elective courses that let you either focus your training, or broaden your horizons by trying something new.
  • Interdisciplinary ensemble classes where you collaborate with your peers to create, remix, or produce original multidisciplinary performances.
  • Opportunities to attend shows throughout the GTA, to network with leading artists and producers and to create your own critiques on a video blog.
  • Personalized professional coaching on audition skills, resume writing, career management and financing.
  • Students graduate with a professional headshot and show reel for their personal portfolio.

Career Outlook

  • Musician
  • Actor
  • Dancer

Academic Requirements

Grade 12 English C or U or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for admission.


Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or mature student status (19 years or older).

Additional Requirements

Candidates are asked to complete an ungraded, online questionnaire describing their experience and interests in the performing arts. 

Please note: This program requires you to have and use a mobile computing device that meets or exceeds the recommended hardware and software requirements. For more information, please visit

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. The program's individual incidental fees have not been included. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2017.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,935.50 $973.00 $3,908.50
International $13,283.00 $2,256.00 $15,539.00