This broad, general-focus program is appropriate if you have a technical or performance diploma in Theatre or Drama. As a Post-Diploma student, you will study theatre history, acting, stagecraft, and obtain hands-on, practical, experience by participating in the series of major productions presented by the Department of Theatre and Dramatic Arts.
In all BFA (Dramatic Arts) streams, you are required to complete courses in theatre theory and history, performance, and technical theatre/design. Declare your major that most closely corresponds to the content of your diploma from the following three options: Performance, Technical/Design, or Theatre Studies.
- Performance: You focus on core performance courses in acting, voice, and movement, with the opportunity to enhance your program with drama electives such as theatre for young audiences, improvisation, performance creation, dance, directing, and playwriting. In addition, you earn portfolio course credit by participating in Department productions.
- Technical/Design: You are introduced to all areas of production and design including scenery, properties, costumes, makeup, lighting, sound and stage management through a combination of academic and production assignments. You develop practical hands-on skills in a minimum of two technical areas, for example sets & lighting, through production assignments. Qualifying senior-level students may have the opportunity for major technical or design assignments on the Department Mainstage productions.
- Theatre Studies: You pursue a program that contains broad coverage of drama topics, while allowing the flexibility to focus on an area of individual interest, such as performance creation, writing, or theatre theory. In addition, you earn portfolio course credit by participating in Department productions.
- Mainstage productions (4 per year) receive the highest level of technical and budgetary support with significant production values in all areas.
- TheatreXtra productions (4 per year) simulate “real world” circumstances that help prepare you for work in theatre after graduation. As a serious production-minded student, you are responsible for all aspects of producing a play, from writing grant proposals and implementing your concepts right through to opening night and beyond.
Audition and Portfolio Requirements: For more information relevant to your specific area of interest go to Additional requirements (see Step 3)
For course requirements in your program check out a sample program planning guide.