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  • Acting for Camera and Voice

    Acting for Camera and Voice

Program Code:ACV
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Start Dates:Summer, Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

As a student in ACV, you’ll learn the skills necessary to embark on an exciting and successful acting career. Your studies feature a unique blend of film/television and voice acting, supported by a strong foundation of stage techniques. You’ll also benefit from extensive studio experience in acting, movement, voice, acting–for–camera and voice–over acting. When you graduate, it’ll be with a full understanding of how to develop and research a role, how to utilize perspectives of modern–day acting techniques, and how to adjust your performances to suit the medium. To complement your artistic education, you’ll also gain knowledge in important business practices like business management, generating promotional websites and creating audio and video demo reels.

Program Learning Outcomes:

This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Upon graduation, you’ll be well prepared to:

  • Collaborate in the planning and performance of recorded media projects to a professional standard in a range of roles, recorded in a variety of media
  • Analyze and interpret scripts, storyboards and commercial copy
  • Develop and apply a personal, positive creative process for the creation and performance of a believable character appropriate to the requirements of each media discipline
  • Prepare for and deliver a believable performance appropriate to the recorded media discipline, in particular convey character to the camera with appropriate emotional depth and clarity
  • Maintain a character’s physical and emotional continuity over the course of production
  • Work effectively with agents, casting directors, producers, directors and film crews
  • Describe the roles and hierarchy of “in–front– of–the–camera” and “behind–the– camera” workers in the film and television industry
  • Develop strategies for ongoing personal development (emotional intelligence, team building, peer respect and communication skills) and professional development (lifelong learning) to enhance work performance and opportunities, and to maintain currency with industry demands and new technologies encountered in the industry
  • Effectively employ improvisational skills for problem–solving
  • Use creativity and imagination to demonstrate through individual performance an understanding of character development and scene awareness and how it affects the overall production structure
  • Evaluate your place within the entertainment industry and develop the appropriate career strategies and contacts
  • Outline and demonstrate the entrepreneurial and business skills needed by actors in the entertainment industry
  • Create dialects and make adjustments to the voice for various mediums by utilizing all components of the speaking voice and manipulating each of these components as required to achieve the desired result.

Essential Employability Skills:

Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Applicant Selection:

  • In the case of oversubscription, additional selection criteria may be required, including submission of a resume and live audition.


  • Although not required for admission, the following are considered assets:
    • Grade 11 or 12 Performance Arts;
    • Basic computer skills including, Windows or Macintosh operating system, word processing (preferably Microsoft Word), and spreadsheet software (Excel).

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

Our four–semester Acting for Camera and Voice diploma program provides you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in many different parts of the entertainment industry. Upon graduation, you’ll have strong acting techniques to help you succeed in the industry and a solid set of business skills to manage your career. You’ll find opportunities to work as an actor in film, television, stage, voice–over narration, radio/TV commercials, and character voice work for animation and video games.

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ACV100 Basic Acting Skills 4
ACV110 The Vocal Instrument 3
ACV120 The Actor's Body 3
ACV130 Acting Inside the Frame 6
EAC150 College English 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ACV210 Extending the Actor's Voice 3
ACV221 Dance Basics (1/2 semester) 3
ACV230 Deepening Your On-Camera Work 6
ACV288 Introduction to Script Writing 3
ACV300 Acting On Impulses 4
ACV301 Periods and Styles 3
ACV401 Physical Acting/Fight (1/2 semester) 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ACV200 Broadening Your Acting Skills 4
ACV220 Finding Character Through Mask 3
ACV241 Creating Demo Videotapes 2
ACV310 Speaking In Dialects 4
ACV330 The Actor and Technology 6
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ACV320 Being Present Through Clown 4
ACV410 Voice and Performance 3
ACV431 Auditioning for Camera (1st half of semester) 6
ACV432 Location Shooting (2nd half of semester) 6
ACV440 Working with the Microphone 4
ACV460 Managing Your Career 2
XXXXXX General Education Option 3


Contact Us

For more information, please visit:
Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Salaha Fatima
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22081
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Sharina Khan
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33008
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Mark Ingram
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33216
Program Chair: Mark Jones
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33488
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