Queen's University

Media and Performance Production (MAPP) Specialization

Combining courses from Film & Media and the Dan School of Drama & Music, MAPP is ideal for students interested in both fields and drawing together lessons learned in each. This plan focuses on all aspects of mediatization from moving image production to the intermedial integration of “media” into live arts. The new title of this special plan captures the importance of three key terms. The word ‘Media’ opens engaged students to the possibilities of the creation and transmission of all art works and the role of new digital technologies in that work. The word ‘Performance’ goes well beyond the stage in the way that it more accurately captures a wider range of embodied action and dramatic storytelling. The word ‘Production’ emphasizes the pre-eminence of practical methodology that was always a strong component of the Stage & Screen Specialization. Students in MAPP have enhanced opportunities to work in both live and recorded presentations that incorporate music, sound, and performance studies.

Like most programs, MAPP plan selection is undertaken at the conclusion of the first year of study in Arts & Science. You can select MAPP as your specialization once you’ve completed the core first-year requirements of: FILM 110 and DRAM 100/MUTH 110 & 111.

The remainder of the specialization plan has a large array of required and elective courses in Drama and Film & Media with an emphasis on production taught in the context of critical, theoretical, and historical approaches.

It is worth noting that MAPP specialization students as a degree requirement take more courses focused on production than students enrolled in either the DRAM or FILM Major plans.

The primary focus of this program is the four MAPP courses described below, which concentrate on media, performance, and sound production and recording. The fourth-year course enables students to undertake a year-long major project that synthesizes the practices they have mastered over the course of the degree in a capstone-like structure.


MAPP 200/3.0: Media and Performance I

This introductory course explores the integration of media and performance across a variety of contexts beyond traditional theatre and film. Students will be introduced to key theoretical concepts through which media and performance intersect, and will mobilize these concepts through their own original intermedial performance projects.

Prerequisite:  DRAM 100/6.0 or (MUTH110/3.0; MUTH111/3.0) or (BISC 100/3.0; BISC 101/3.0); FILM 110/6.0 or (FILM 104/3.0 and FILM 106/3.0) or (BISC 100/3.0 and FILM 104/3.0)

Professor: Emily Pelstring


MAPP 300/3.0: Media and Performance II

The course explores the relationship between different media within and across traditional domains such as theatre, film, art, dance, and music as well as the multiplicity of interactive forms that encompass digital media, studying digital media practices beyond changing art forms to commercial and non-profit realms.

Prerequisite: MAPP 200, Level 3 or above.


MAPP 311/3.0: Sound Production

A production class exploring the formal concepts, historical underpinnings, and technical tools used in the production of independent sound works, or in the production of more elaborate sound components for video, film or theatrical projects.

Prerequisite: Level 3 or above

Professor: Matt Rogalsky


MAPP 400/6.0:  Media and Performance Major Project

This course will include a focus on of the development of 'social design' as a framework for understanding the evolution of digital interactivity and live performance. Students will undertake a creative thesis project that experiments with or explores the intersection of live performance and media technology. The project is undertaken independently by the student, but will unfold in a critical, mutually supportive environment.

Prerequisite: MAPP 300, and registration in MAPP

Professor: Michael Wheeler