Disciplinary Rigour igniting Interdisciplinary Daring
AMPD is one of North America’s premier centres for arts education. Learning by doing is the hallmark of our programs. We offer intensive, hands-on professional training and in-depth academic studies across all the arts: cinema, dance, design, digital media, music, theatre and visual arts. While integrating established arts practices, our programs push the boundaries of creative media, explore emerging technologies and encourage interdisciplinary collaboration to prepare you to thrive in our interconnected world.
Community. Collaboration. Connection. Career Success.
As an AMPD student, you’ll be part of a vibrant, diverse community of artists and scholars who share your passion for arts innovation. You’ll work with extraordinary faculty who bring real-world experience to the studio, lab and classroom. You’ll have access to unparalleled facilities, technology and resources for learning, creation and presentation, with many opportunities to showcase your work.
Field placements, masterclasses, business training, industry workshops and our worldwide alumni network will help you extend your professional reach and amplify your achievements as you build the foundation for your visionary career.
Get hands-on professional training in cinematography, editing, sound, directing and producing from award-winning filmmakers in our Production BFA program. Learn the art and craft of moving image storytelling in Canada’s only Screenwriting BFA program. Explore Canadian, international, documentary and alternative film in our Cinema & Media Studies BA program. Draw on our outstanding production and screening facilities, extensive technical support and strong industry partnerships to chart your path to career success.
Dance with intelligent, dynamic minds and bodies in Canada’s largest and most comprehensive university dance program. Choose from streams in Choreography/Performance, Dance Education and Dance Studies. We offer you professional training in contemporary/modern dance with options in urban, contemporary/ballet and world dance, complemented by courses in composition, production, dance history and ethnography. Performance opportunities abound! Joint diploma/degree programs with Canada’s National Ballet School and the School of Toronto Dance Theatre are also available.
Immerse yourself in contemporary design practice and design thinking in the York/Sheridan program in Design. Work on real-world projects in state-of-the-art facilities. We offer you an exceptional professional education in visual communication, interactive and information design, integrated with studies in design history, theory and management. Practicum placements, strong industry connections and award-winning alumni are hallmarks of our internationally-recognized program.
Hone your creative, technical and analytical skills at the dynamic convergence of computational technology and the arts. In this innovative program, offered collaboratively by the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design and the Lassonde School of Engineering, code and programming are your tools for creative expression. Choose from streams in Game Arts, Digital Media Arts and Digital Media Development. Learn to create experiences and develop original objects such as apps, games, immersive, mixed and 3D reality environments, data visualization, interactive performance and more as you prepare for your career in the vanguard of digital culture.
Discover your personal path to a career in music. Compose, perform, experiment, record and study in superb facilities across a wide range of musical genres, traditions and settings — and other art forms. Create your own curriculum from courses in instrumental and vocal music, jazz, classical, contemporary, digital and world music, improvisation, ethnomusicology, theory, history, music pedagogy and music media. Program highlights include clinics and master classes led by internationally renowned artists and more than 100 public concerts each season.
Learn what “doing theatre” is all about: onstage, backstage, behind the scenes and front of house. Work hands-on with practicing professionals in exceptional production and performance facilities. Showcase your talent in Theatre @ York’s annual season. Specialize in Production & Design (including stage management), Acting (voice, movement, performance) or Theatre Studies (playwriting, dramaturgy, devised theatre, drama in education) in a premier program that has launched a generation of celebrated talent for the stage and screen.
Explore the many facets of art-making. Develop your professional practice in photo media, sculpture, drawing, painting, print media, installation and/or mixed media. Dive deep into visual culture, focusing on contemporary Canadian, Indigenous American, Asian and Western art and architecture. Work with leading artists, curators and art historians, supported by outstanding scholarly resources and specialized studio facilities, tools and cutting-edge technologies. Present your creative and curatorial work in a professional gallery setting as you prepare to launch your career.