Theatre and Performance Co-op

At Waterloo, co-op students alternate study terms with co-op work terms and graduate with relevant, paid work experience. This means learning how to navigate the hiring process, applying your skills to real-life problems and learning about yourself along the way.

In Arts, co-op is available in Theatre and Performance through Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business.

Co-op eligibility

Co-op is only available to students in Honours academic plans.

  • Honour Theatre and Performance students require a minimum of 70% major average
  • Honours Arts and Business, Honours Theatre and Performance students require a minimum 70% major average and a minimum 70% average in their Honours Arts and Business courses.

As an Arts student, in most cases you will be assessed for co-op eligibility when you declare your major.

If you are eligible, you will be admitted to co-op prior to starting your second year Fall term (academic level 2A). Learn more about Arts co-op eligibility.

Co-op sequences

You will have five work term opportunities in your sequence and you need to complete a minimum of four work terms. The sequence you follow is determined by when you start your studies and your academic plan(s). For example, students in Honours Arts and Business follow a different sequence than students in Honours Arts.

Learn more about which sequence you follow as a Theatre and Performance major.

If you are requesting a sequence change, please see:

Co-op fees

Co-op at Waterloo is predominantly funded by a student-paid co-op fee. Similar to tuition, this fee is associated with being enrolled in a co-op program and is paid in instalments throughout your time at Waterloo. To learn more about these fees and what they cover, visit the Co-operative Education’s fee page.

Professional Development (PD) courses

Co-op students in Arts must successfully complete four Professional Development (PD) courses, including PD1 and PD 12. These courses help you increase your employability and assist you with seeing connections between workplace experience and what you learn in the classroom.

Co-op supports

As a co-op student, you will have a team of support. Learn how to connect with your team.

All students (co-op and regular streams) have access to Centre for Career Development (CCD) resources and supports at any point during their time at Waterloo.

A student smiling and giving the thumbs up gesture from his desk in a workshop. He's wearing safety goggles and a large crown prop

Student Mark Haasnoot, on a co-op placement in wardrobe at Young People's Theatre, Toronto.