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Professional Readiness

Course Code: STGE 2412
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits: 2.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Tutorial
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course prepares Stagecraft students for entry into the entertainment industry. Students will be introduced to the various employment options available to them. Topics will include unions and associations, resumes and cover letters, as well as job search techniques and professional development workshops with industry professionals. Note: open to Stagecraft students only.

Course Content

Job Hunting / Freelancing Strategies

Resumes and Covering Letters:  

  • write and produce a covering letter
  • write and produce a generic and a job-specific resume

Interview Skills:  

  • preparing for an interview: company research
  • question anticipation / preparation
  • interview dynamics (body language, dressing for the interview, asking questions and taking notes)
  • portfolio presentation


  • network components: classmates, fellow workers, employers, associations
  • developing and maintaining networks
  • job search methods: cold calling, job boards
  • employer profile

Business Skills:

  • preparing contracts
  • job cost estimate and invoicing
  • the freelance office and record keeping
  • tax implications for the freelance technician

Unions, Guilds, and Associations:

  • Canadian Actor’s Equity
  • I.A.T.S.E.
  • N.A.B.E.T.
  • A.C.F.C.
  • C.I.T.T.
  • A.D.C.

Methods of Instruction

Students will receive 3 hours of lecture/demonstration per week that includes independent work and one on one instruction. Guest speakers and field trips will be included.

Means of Assessment

Written assignments that will include: company profile, resumes and covering letters, portfolio presentation and review, job search strategies, and written/oral reports. (Ten assignments worth 10% each.)

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the successful student should:

  1. be familiar with the various unions, associations and guilds that are associated with the entertainment industry and how they relate to a career.
  2. be able to develop and present a portfolio, resume and covering letter for use in an employment search.
  3. be familiar with the current theatrical / film / tv job market as well as potential employers in the related industries such as events, industrials, trade shows and the service sector.
  4. understand the importance of networking and maintaining a network.
  5. learn several job-hunting / freelancing strategies.

course prerequisites

Acceptance to the Stagecraft Program or permission of the Stagecraft Program Coordinator.

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.