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Duration: 3 Academic Years completed in 24 months
Location: Downtown Toronto
Intakes: September and January
Tuition - domestic: $9,200 per Academic Year effective September 2018 (3 Academic Years in total)
Contact Hours: 2,159 (as of January 2019) - see Course Offerings and Course Descriptions for January 2019
Credits: 40
Accreditation: Registered as a private career college under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005


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The Randolph College for the Performing Arts (formerly the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts) is a Toronto theatre school specializing in training those who aspire to successful careers in the performing arts. More than just a musical theatre school, the Randolph College transforms performers into multi-talented professionals through a rigorous training program that integrates and puts equal emphasis on the study of the core disciplines of acting for stage and screen, vocal, and dance. College students:

  • Hone audition and performance skills in the core disciplines of acting for the stage and screen, vocal, and dance (jazz, ballet, tap), as well as theory and history
  • Receive individual attention from professional faculty teaching an industry-driven curriculum in a focused conservatory environment 
  • Build a network with faculty, visiting artists, staff, alumni and key decision makers in the arts and entertainment industry
  • Live and learn in the heart of Canada’s cultural capital
  • Showcase their skills for industry decision makers in professionally staged play production, musical production, and high-profile industry events in professional venues
  • Join alumni working on and behind stages and screens on Broadway, Toronto, London – West End, Hollywood, and elsewhere


Beyond Training

Students graduate from the Randolph College not only with well-rounded skills as a performer, but also a better defined sense of self.

Performers have to put themselves on the line every time they get in front of an audience because their goal as a storyteller is to help the playwright/lyricist, composer, choreographer, words, notes, etc. to come off the page. Important stories are hooked in to a common pulse that is the human experience.~ Darlene Spencer, Artistic Director (2009-2016)

Acting is the art of self-revelation. While a student can learn the craft, it is the person –- emotional, physical, intellectual, energetic/spiritual self -- that brings the work to life. That is why acting is the foundation of the Randolph College program curriculum. With these roots, dance steps and music notes transcend mere technique to create performances that affect audiences.

We have a responsibility to turn out more than a singer-dancer-actor. We must turn out a whole person -- someone with a good work ethic and a sense of responsibility who is able to work with an ensemble.~ Ron Singer, Artistic Director Emeritus

While each student embarks on a journey of self-revelation, they also relate to each other by discovering commonalities and respect each other by celebrating their differences. This experience, which requires vulnerability, trust, and risk-taking, creates an indefinable bond between students, and builds an ensemble within which they can explore and enjoy positive working relationships. While the ensemble coalesces, the individual is strengthened as a performer, as they discover their own uniqueness of character. Instructors support this ensemble spirit; as professionals in the industry, they themselves are conscious of how much courage it takes to present personal work to be evaluated, and pass on knowledge and techniques based on personal experience.

All these elements comprise a conservatory environment where everybody engages in coursework that enhances a successful career and life in the arts.

The Curriculum

Coursework is undertaken in three Academic Years completed over a 24-month period. Each Academic Year is comprised of two terms of study, each 14 weeks long. Students spend an average of 27 hours per week in classes and related activities: 27 hours/week in Year One, 26 hours/week in Year Two, and 28 hours/week in Year Three. A total of 40 credits is required to earn the Performing Arts Diploma.

Courses in the Acting Division range from Voice and Text to Improv to Scene Study. Students begin with exploring the context of theatre through an extensive Theatre History course that involves both a lecture and a production component. Also in 1st term, the concept of Movement for Actors is introduced with Stage Combat. Acting courses also include professional development workshops in seeking representation, as well as preparing headshots and resumes, and culminates in a contemporary play production during the final year.

Concepts of bringing acting into vocal presentation are introduced and expanded in the Vocal Division’s signature course Music Theatre Presentation, which is taken throughout the program. Student undertake a thorough exploration of the origins and genesis of musical theatre in the lecture and production components of Musical Theatre History. Individual vocal instruction is also offered through weekly private vocal tutorials and coachings. Students also learn the importance of group singing in men’s and women’s choruses and a chorale encompassing the entire student body. Training culminates in a musical production during the final year with a professional director, music director, and choreographer.

Students receive training in ballet, jazz, and tap in the Dance Division. Students are assessed each term and placed in one of six levels of each dance discipline, ranging from pre-beginner to intermediate to advanced. 

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Wilfrid Laurier University

In 2019, RCPA and Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Music launched a unique Academic Pathway Agreement that allows RCPA graduates to earn a Laurier Honours BMus in Community Music or Honours BMus in Self-Directed Studies with an additional two years of study. 

Laurier’s Bachelor of Music in Self-Directed Studies is designed to balance weekly studio lessons, masterclasses and ensemble rehearsals with the freedom to choose electives in a wide variety of disciplines, both inside and outside music.

Laurier’s one-of-a-kind Bachelor of Music in Community Music, launched in 2017, provides students with leadership skills to effect social change through music in a wide range of community contexts.

The agreement also enables third-year Laurier Honours BMus in Voice Performance students to enroll in the RCPA two-year Performing Arts College Diploma program to graduate with both a bachelor’s degree and performing arts diploma.

Applicants would earn admission to their respective programs through the normal audition procedures and be subject to the same terms and conditions as any other student.



Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Since 2008, the Randolph College has had an ongoing relationship with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) in Glasgow, Scotland. Upon graduation, students may audition for acceptance into the RCS’s one-year Masters in Music Theatre Performance program. RCS accepts up to 20 students per year from around the world for this prestigious program, Since 2008, over 20 Randolph College alumni have attended. RCS faculty also visit the Academy twice a year to lead performance-based workshops.


Guildford School of Acting - University of Surrey

In 2016, the Randolph College began a relationship with the Guildford School of Acting at the University of Surrey. Students in their final year and alumni may audition for acceptance into the any of the GSA's one-year Masters programs. 


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