Academic Advising

Faculty of Humanities: Department of Dramatic Arts

Academic Advising

During the school year we have Townhalls where you will learn about the courses and special opportunities available to you. 

All students should contact our faculty advisor Alisa Cunnington for more information and guidance about their academic planning.

Students should also add the Humanities Advising Sakai tab and the Brock Humanities advisor on Facebook

Please note that:

*Students may be required to audition in order to proceed in certain performance courses.*

*The following courses may be cycled and offered in alternate years: 2P96, 2P97 and 2F92; 3F76 and 3F77; 3P08 and 3P09; 3P90 and 3P91; 3P51 and 4P92. All Y courses are cycled.*

Registering into your courses

DIE & AT students - if you are going into fourth year be sure to check in with Academic Advisor Alisa Cunnington at . She'll set you up with the courses you need, including DART 4P91.

All students: here's some information about DART 3P97/98 Advanced Project Courses (previously called 'Advanced Tutorial') and DART 4F94 Honours Thesis.  An application form is available here.

Students wishing to register for DART 2F41 and 2P42 and who have achieved the minimum grades required will already have an override processed and may proceed to register at the appropriate time without contacting the instructors for permission.

Please remember that a minimum of 60 percent in each of DART 1F93, DART 1F95, 1P97 and 1P99 is required in order to proceed as a major in Dramatic Arts.

Contact the Department for more Information.

For students who began their studies at DART in the Fall of 2010:

Please see this advising sheet.  Programs for each Concentration, the Honours and Pass degrees are clearly explained.

DART Academic Advising

Humanities Academic Advisor: 
Alisa Cunnington  x5279
book an appointment on-line at

***NEW FOR 2015***
Alisa Cunnington (Academic Advisor for the MIWSFPA) will be available to students for advising at the MIWSFPA (15 Artists' Common) on Tuesdays in MW 325, the large scale printer room on the third floor. When at the MIWSFPA she is available at 6299. 

Registration information & dates may be found here


Though we are not a conservatory training program and we do not intend to lead you through a professional training situation Brock University is listed as an Ontario postsecondary institution whose graduating performance program students may be eligible for Apprentice Membership in ACTRA Toronto.

ACTRA’s membership rules offer a first qualifying credit to graduating students who have demonstrated the commitment and discipline required to complete a post-secondary acting degree at institutions recognized by ACTRA.

Credit for graduates is contingent on membership application being made within 60 days of graduation. Interested Ontario grads are encouraged to contact the ACTRA Toronto Membership Office by email at or by phone at 416-928-2278416-928-2278.


DARTboard is the Department's Wiki or (Portal) providing access to resource pages for Faculty, Staff and Students in the Department of Dramatic Arts.

Who should read DARTboard? Current students, staff and faculty who are looking for information about Department and community events, course-related postings, schedules, phone numbers, opportunities and other matters of interest to our community.


Alisa Cunnington is the Academic Advisor for the Department of Dramatic Arts. Watch the video above for an introduction to advising at DART.

***NEW FOR 2015***
Alisa Cunnington (Academic Advisor for the MIWSFPA) will be available to students for advising at the MIWSFPA (15 Artists' Common) on Tuesdays in MW 325, the large scale printer room on the third floor. When at the MIWSFPA she is available at 6299. 

Career-focused education in the Fine and Performing Arts

The Globe and Mail recently published an interesting report about career-focused education in the Fine and Performing Arts.  It begins with the statement:

“In 2007, the Canadian arts and culture industries contributed $46 billion to the country’s GDP and employed over a million people.”  Following remarks about trends of lower levels of remuneration in the sector the article adds that “not all graduates of the fine and performing arts end up in cultural industries. Indeed, 40% work in sectors such as business and manufacturing.”

There is a useful listing of skill sets that employers of this sector seek of new graduates and job applicants.  Identified by the employers the Globe and Mail interviewed here is a sample of the qualifications that are sought-out the most:

- rather than grades, focus is placed upon on the candidate’s experience through school, community theatre or other professional arts organizations
- outside experience to enhance the training and experience that they receive at school is desired
- a strong sense of etiquette, discipline, and a positive attitude cannot be overestimated when working in a creative and collaborative business
- essential that the candidate is flexible, adaptable and have good organizational skills

The article includes brief interviews with university graduates working in the arts and culture sector. Rob Kraszewski, Coordinator, Board and Executive Relations, TIFF, remarks that it turns out his theatre degree ended up being far more practical than he had ever imagined.

You can read the entire report at the Globe and Mail website.

posted October 25, 2011