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Stagecraft and Event Technology

Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits: 60.0
Length: Four semesters
Campuses: New Westminster
Credential: Diploma
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Winter
program overview
The Stagecraft and Event Technology Diploma Program provides pre-employment training, upgrading and transferability for students interested in a career within the entertainment industry. The program provides a combination of academic and practical experience with courses in stage lighting, audio techniques, set painting, computer assisted drafting, multimedia technology, stage management and stagecraft for TV and film.
curriculum framework

Semester I




THEA 1130 History of Theatre I 3
any ENGL, CMNS, CRWR Elective 3
STGE 1100 Drafting for Stage 2
STGE 1110 Safety (5 weeks) 1
STGE 1112 Stage Lighting 2
STGE 1180 Production Techniques 3
STGE 1202 Set painting 2

Semester II

THEA 1230 History of Theatre II 3
STGE 1106 Set Construction 2
STGE 1222 Introduction to Costume (5 weeks) 1
STGE 1207 Properties 2
STGE 1220 Stage Management (5 weeks) 1
STGE 1260 Introduction to CAD 2
STGE 1280 Production Techniques 3

Semester III

Any PEFA Elective 3
STGE 1212 Stage Lighting 2
STGE 2200 Lighting Software (5 weeks) 1
STGE 2210 Design Explorations (5 weeks) 1
STGE 2307 Properties 2
STGE 2311 Audio Techniques I 2
STGE 2380 Production Techniques 5

Semester IV

STGE 2306 Set Construction 2
STGE 2400 Lighting Control Systems (5 weeks) 1
STGE 2410 Multimedia Technology (5 weeks) 1
STGE 2420 Special Events (5 weeks) 1
either STGE 2430 Stagecraft for Film/TV 2
or      STGE 2302 Set Painting 2
STGE 2440 Work Experience 2
STGE 2480 Production Techniques 5
  Total Credits 60

career transfer pathways
Graduates of this program have gone on to work in a wide variety of settings, including traditional theatre; opera; film and TV; sales and service companies; cruise ships; concert touring; events and festivals; and museums.
admission requirements
  1. General College Admission Requirements
program cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

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curriculum guidelines

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

What financial assistance is available?

Douglas College has a number of scholarships, bursaries and awards available as well as other financial aid for students. In addition, the SET department awards a performance-based, full-tuition scholarship each year to a first-year student who has demonstrated excellence in academic and technical production activities.

What background should I have for this program?

The technical areas of the entertainment industry are widely varied. Because of this there are countless skills that will benefit you in this field. Some of these could include: visual arts, carpentry, welding, music, management, performance, fabric arts, costumes, electronics, video production and computer skills. The main requirements are a desire to work with a team, a strong ability to solve problems, stamina to work long hours, an ability to think on your feet and a desire to create the environment for the performers to tell a story. Ideally you will have theatrical experience or have worked in another area of the performing or visual arts. This is a program for the motivated student who is dedicated to the field.

Can I study part-time?

Yes. While the majority of the students are full-time, some part-time seats are available. Contact the SET program for more information on part-time study.

Are there any evening courses?

Currently, there are no SET courses offered in the evening. Some potential upper-term elective courses are scheduled in the evening. When we are working on productions you will have evening crew calls or rehearsals, so we recommend that you check the Production Schedule before registering for electives.

How many students are accepted each year?

Approximately 25 students are accepted each year.

How many productions does the department do in a year?

Douglas College Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology Departments offer four public productions every year (two each in the Fall and Winter semesters) in the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre and Studio theatres. Individual SET students concentrate on one of these two shows per semester and then assist as needed on the second production.

What jobs could I be assigned to on a production?

SET students provide full crew for the productions. Jobs can vary depending on the demands of the show but the standard departments are Stage Management, Carpentry, Painting, Props, Lighting, Wardrobe, Sound and Running Crew. Second-year students are crew chiefs while first-year students are the crew.

Who designs the productions?

Our productions are designed by both SET Faculty and guest designers who are professionals in their field.

I’m interested in a career in film or television. Is this program right for me?

Although the emphasis of our program is on live entertainment and events, many of our graduates find work in the film and TV field, and the skills learned in the SET Program are easily transferable to many other fields. You can take Film Studies and an introductory Film/ TV production course as electives.

Will I take any acting courses?

No, at Douglas College there are two separate departments for performance and production. Please see the Theatre Program for information on full-time performance training. SET students do not have to take any performance classes; however, Theatre does offer an open acting course (PEFA 1120) take as an elective depending on scheduling.

Can I have a job while enrolled in this program?

We recognize that many students need to continue to work while in school. We strongly recommend that you have a job that allows you flexibility in scheduling. Many of our classes demand extensive class time, including seeing a play a week. During the three weeks before our productions open you may be working long shifts on your crew assignment, possibly seven days of the week.

What kind of jobs can I get after graduation?

Graduates of this program have gone on to work in a wide variety of settings, including:

  • Traditional theatre
  • Opera
  • Film & TV
  • Sales and service companies
  • Cruise ships
  • Concert touring
  • Events and festivals
  • Museums

In these settings, they work in a wide variety of roles, including:

  • Lighting and sound technicians
  • Painters
  • Props builders
  • Carpenters
  • Riggers
  • Set, Costume and Lighting Designers
  • Production Managers
  • Technical Directors
  • Stage Managers
  • High school teachers
  • University instructors
  • and more.

Where you end up depends on your talents and ambitions.

In your second year of study, you will take STGE 2440 Work Experience, that will allow you to gain work experience in professional settings.

tuition deposit

When offered a full-time seat in this program a non-refundable, non-transferable $350 tuition deposit is required. 

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