Performing Arts: The Program

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Performing arts is a widely diverse industry that includes acting, live and digital performance, singing, dancing, theatre, musical theatre, comedy, hip hop, spoken
word and more. The one-year Ontario College Certificate Performing Arts program at Algonquin College provides you with valuable live and digital performance knowledge, skills, and experience.

The program revolves around a collaborative learning experience in professional studio settings. The coursework covers all aspects of performing arts including movement, spoken word, comedy, theatre, music, and other performance-related areas. You will
gain experience in creating and managing performing arts productions, and enhance your overall performance abilities by understanding and utilizing on-camera techniques as well as vocal, audition, stage presence, production, and audience interaction skills.

The Performing Arts program provides you with the knowledge, skills, and experience required to succeed in performing arts.

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Illustration and Concept Art: The Program

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Illustration and concept art are significant aspects to various industries including television, film, and game development. The two-year Ontario College Diploma Illustration and Concept Art program at Algonquin College allows you to develop the versatile skills and techniques required to succeed in this field.

The program is delivered in a condensed format over 45 weeks through in-class discussions, hands-on learning activities, critical analysis, and technical applications. The coursework includes drawing exercises from sculptures, models, and life (on and off campus) to develop your skills and explore the aspects of form, proportion, space, and light. You will learn to develop art in various styles for the many different platforms in the industry, including print, digital, and mobile. You will gain a versatile and well–rounded skill set, as you explore various components of the industry such as print periodical illustration, children’s book illustration, illustration of graphic novels, and illustration techniques for websites and mobile devices which include storyboarding, character design, and asset building. Beyond artistic skills you will also learn technical skills in digital and traditional media, how to appeal to specific target audiences, clients, and formats, and how to use time and project management skills to produce industry- accepted work.

The thorough foundation of knowledge and wide range of skills provided by the Illustration and Concept Art program will allow you to develop your own personal artistic style which will enhance your portfolio as you prepare for entry into the industry.

This program requires you to submit a portfolio to showcase artistic abilities and overall program suitability. Learn more about portfolio requirements.

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InteInteractive Media Management: The Industry

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Interactive media is about utilizing rich media content to create innovative and engaging ways of interacting with consumers – a concept continuously growing in demand in an extremely cluttered and fast–paced society.

The industry is rapidly expanding but the objective remains: to encourage participation and create an interpersonal experience for consumers. It’s the combination of electronic text, graphics, moving images, and sound that transform a flat message into a memorable and interactive experience.

Video games, social media, and videos are all common examples of interactive media. Anything in which you, as the consumer, can make a decision that affects what happens next, is interactive.

Interactive media is the largest field of the creative media industry, and is continuously expanding as new trends, technological advancements, and innovations evolve.

To learn about jobs in the interactive media industry, check our next blog post.


Game Development: The Program

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Game development is a complex industry that involves many layers of artistic and technological skills. The three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma Game Development program at Algonquin College prepares you for a career in this increasingly competitive industry by providing you with the skills and knowledge required to succeed.

The first year of the program is focused on building a foundation of skills in basic programming syntax and game development software tools. The remaining years of the program emphasize a hands-on and team-oriented environment, as found in real game studios. You will learn game designs, interactive game elements, asset modeling, game logic programming, user interface design, and shader programming in a production game environment. Throughout the variety of courses, you will learn to develop, debug, and modify code, design unique game levels and characters, create 2D and 3D artwork for game use, create and produce digital components, games, and documentation using a variety of computer platforms, and create games of strategy, skill, education, and entertainment.

As your final project, you will use your cumulative creative and technological skills to design and create a complete game title to be entered into internationally recognized game development competitions and promoted by the Game Development program.

The Game Development program is a valuable experience that will help you build your design, technological, and deep thinking skills to succeed in the profession which is continuously growing in demand.

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Journalism: The Industry

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Journalism is an industry of storytelling – and great stories can’t exist without people, creativity and information.

That’s what journalism is about.

It’s the fast-paced cycle of researching/uncovering, writing and/or recording and publishing information. The various media platforms have evolved into new delivery avenues such as online and social media.

While effective and well-written content is the foundation of journalism, the creative and interpersonal aspects are just as significant. The way in which journalists interact with people while conducting interviews and present their content (photos, videos, news reports, etc.) can make or break a story and how it’s perceived.

If you want to learn about jobs in the journalism industry, be sure to check out our next blog.