Students at UTS explore art, music, and drama in the classroom and through vibrant co-curriculars like choirs, instrumental ensembles, art clubs, and dramatic performances. Our talented and experience staff help students build their creative skills, and empower students to take the lead on their own productions.
The UTS drama program provides students with a chance to explore a wide range of different styles of theatre, from Shakespeare and Commedia Dell'Arte to contemporary works, plays by local Indigenous authors, and even Theatre of the Absurd. Students hone their collaborative skills and think outside the box as they build and rehearse original works of their own. UTS compete in the National Theatre School of Canada Drama Festival (formerly the Sears Festival) and Southern Ontario Youth Theatre Festival, earning many awards for original student scripts, acting, and ensemble work. Here at UTS we focus on creating imaginative work but also on transferable skills like collaboration, leadership, organization, innovative thinking, problem-solving, and confidence in public speaking and presentations. In addition to exciting performance and creative opportunities, drama studies help students express themselves in compelling and original ways to stand out in a crowd.
From their first year at UTS, students develop musical skills through the study of instrumental music. The 6-year music program includes performance techniques, theory, history, composition, leadership and interdisciplinary opportunities, and professional collaborations. Beyond the classroom, music ensembles and co-curricular opportunities include choirs, chamber strings, junior and senior string orchestras, taiko drumming, junior and symphonic bands, music recording and production, and stage band.
The department produces an annual Twig CD that features original music composed and performed by UTS students. UTS Music alumni include prominent performers, teachers, conductors, composers, and song-writers. In 2017, students, staff, and alumni collaborated on the commercially-released album I Remember, featuring classical and original compositions.
Most significantly, the Music Program fosters a life-long love of music and the arts and equips students with the tools to express themselves through music.
Students delve into drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and interdisciplinary studies to create original works and better understand the creative process. School-wide exhibitions give arts students the chance to learn about curation and showcase their art, and, in recent years, senior students have created projects for Nuit Blanche, a city-wide all-night exhibtion of public installations.