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What is MAPP?

Media and Performance Production (MAPP) Specialization

MAPP is a distinctive Bachelor of Arts degree specialization co-coordinated by the Department of Film & Media and the Dan School of Drama & Music.  This program is ideal for students interested in the creative and production aspects of Film, Drama and Music, paying particular attention to the cross-disciplinary opportunities that are becoming increasingly important in today’s digital age. MAPP focuses on all aspects of mediatization from moving image and sound production to the intermedial integration of “media” into live arts. 

Students in this program explore the creation and transmission of diverse art projects and the role of new digital technologies in preparing and presenting that work. The performance aspects go well beyond the traditional stage and film traditions often addressing a wider range of embodied action and dramatic storytelling. 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 with the following core first-year requirements of: FILM 110 and DRAM 100 or FILM 110 and MUTH 110 & 111.

There are a number of specific MAPP courses, most of which are core to the program and taught by exceptional researchers and creative artists at work today. The fourth-year core MAPP course enables students to undertake a year-long investigation that synthesizes the practices they have mastered over the course of the degree in a capstone major project. The remainder of the 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. 

Many of the courses taken by MAPP students are held in the award-winning Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, located right on Lake Ontario.  With state-of-the-art production facilities, Digital Lab, large screening room, black-box theatre, concert hall and recording studio, it is easy to be inspired and motivated when at the Isabel.

Below is a list of the courses that are specific to the MAPP degree:

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)


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.

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


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