Media & Performance Production

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.

Top 5 Reasons to choose Queen’s Media and Performance Production:

  1. MAPP specialization students take more courses focused on production activities than students enrolled in any Drama, Film or Music Major plan. 
  2. By obtaining a broad range of knowledge covering many artistic disciplines, MAPP graduates have an incredibly diverse skill set that is easily adaptable for a variety of professional careers in cultural industries.
  3. MAPP students are exposed to a wide range of course options and professional opportunities and can apply to take a practical internship in media production.
  4. Courses emphasize a balanced approach in which historical and theoretical research informs creativity and practise.
  5. Queen’s has state-of-the-art facilities, including the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts
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Department Head: 
Gary Kibbins
Departmental Assistanat: 
Denise Arsenault
Undergraduate Chair: 
Scott MacKenzie
Undergraduate Assistant: 
Stephanie Wilson
Many of our Media & Performance Production alumni go into the film and television industries, and have won Oscars, Emmies and Genies. Media & Performance Production courses, however, cover a wide range of educational areas and skills, and are designed to encourage students in the critical thinking that is important for graduate studies or for leadership in any profession.

Where could Film and Media students go after graduation?

  • Academia and teaching
  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Art gallery management
  • Broadcasting
  • Casting director
  • Choreography
  • Composition
  • Costume design
  • Curation
  • Direction
  • Editing
  • Events management
  • Film archivist
  • Film making
  • Film production
  • Fundraising
  • Games production
  • Graduate school
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Make-up and costumes
  • Manuscript reader
  • Marketing
  • Museums
  • Non-profit administration
  • Photography
  • Public relations
  • Screenwriting
  • Set design
  • Social policy agencies
  • Sound editing
  • Special effects
  • Stage crew manager
  • Stunt coordinator
  • Talent representation
  • Teaching
  • Television production
  • Theatre management
  • Visual art consulting

Taking time to explore career options, build experience and network can help you have a smooth transition to the world of work after graduation Note that some of these careers may require additional training.


First-year at Queen’s in Arts and Science is all about exploring different areas of study to find your true interests.  If a student is potentially interested in MAPP then they must take FILM 110/6.0 (Film, Media & Screen Cultures) and either DRAM 100/6.0 (Introduction to Drama) or both of MUTH-110/3.0 (The Republic to Rationalism: History, Arts, and Performance 1) and MUSC-111/3.0 (Listening to Revolutions: History, Arts, and Performance 2).

There are three core courses in the Media and Performance Production specialization degree: MAPP 200/3.0 (Media and Performance 1), MAPP 300/3.0 (Media and Performance 2) and MAPP 400/6.0 (Media and Performance Major Project). All of these courses explore the integration of media and performance across a variety of contexts beyond traditional theatre and film. The courses become increasingly focused on creativity and interactive forms of presentation with an emphasis on both individual research and collaboration.  There are also addition MAPP courses that students can take as elective including MAPP 311/3.0 (Sound Production) and MAPP 493/3.0 (Visual Music).

There is an extensive list of core 200- and 300-level production courses that students choose from in FILM, DRAM and MUSC that introduce students to the fundamentals of video and theatre production and include technical practicums. Many students also take elective courses in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENIN) as these courses give students the knowledge and tools to create marketing plans, manage projects and bring their ideas to life.


Students apply to Queen’s Arts (QA) through the OUAC (Ontario Universities' Application Centre) website ( Prerequisites include six 4U and 4M courses, including a minimum of three 4U courses, one of which must be English 4U. Applicants outside of Ontario may have additional requirements.

OUAC Codes:

  • QA (Kingston Campus)
  • QB (Concurrent Education, Kingston Campus)
  • QIA (The Castle)
  • QIB (Concurrent Education, The Castle)

See full admission requirements

After first year, in May, students will declare their area of study (major, minor, specialization, e.g.). The thresholds are competitive year to year and do change. The current 2018-19 thresholds for Drama are: PENDING LIST 1.9 cGPA (no AUTOMATIC ACCEPTANCE).

Information on Plan Selection