Drama Additional Requirements

Portfolio and Audition Requirements

Performance and Technical/Design, and Dramatic Arts/Education

New High School Applicants

If you are starting your first year in BFA – Dramatic Arts in Performance, Technical/Design or Dramatic/Education, you DO NOT need to submit a portfolio or audition as part of your application. High school applicants are admitted to the Drama Department based on uLethbridge admission requirements as first year stuents.

Performance majors must successfully audition in their second year to continue in that major.

Transfer Applicants

DO NOT need to submit a portfolio for admissions.

Performance majors are required to complete an audition if they are entering their third year of studies.

Contact finearts.admissions@uleth.ca if you have questions about this.

Post-Diploma Applicants

Applicants with a Diploma in Theatre & Dramatic Arts (either 2 or 3 years) can apply directly to the Post-Diploma BFA-Dramatic Arts degree.

Post-Diploma BFA-Dramatic Arts (Performance)

  • Portfolio and audition.

Post-Diploma BFA-Dramatic Arts (Technical/Design)

  • Portfolio

Post-Diploma BFA - Dramatic Arts/BEd

  • Portfolio

Technical/Design majors

  • Portfolio, but NO audition.

Post-Diploma BFA - Dramatic Arts/BEd

  • Portfolio, but NO audition.

Evaluation Schedule for Post-Diploma applicants’ portfolio

Intake: Fall

Submit your portfolio prior to one of these dates.

  • Dec 15 – First Round*
  • Mar 15 – Second Round*
  • Jun 15 – Final Evaluation

*Lines up with scholarship deadlines


Portfolio Content

Submit examples of 10-20 examples of your practice that provides a good representation of your recent theatre experiences as a performer, designer, or technician.

The portfolio informs the Drama Department about your creative interest, experience, skills and direction.

Choose your best work that provides a sampling of your practice and document it professionally.

Examples of the range of materials you can submit

  • Drawings, paintings, designs
  • Selections from sketchbooks and journals
  • Photography
  • Playbills or list of productions and roles
  • Programs
  • Videos of performance
  • Audio based work

Additional Information

Include the following information with your work

  • Title
  • Year of work
  • Medium(s)
  • Brief description of the work – max. 50 words (optional)
  • Names of any collaborators (if relevant)

Online Portfolio Submissions

  1. Submit your application for admission to the University prior to submitting portfolio
  2. Upload and submit your portfolio online at Slideroom

Slideroom Information

You may upload images (jpg), video (mov, wmv, flv), music (mp3) and one PDF document file with a maximum 6 pages. SlideRoom links directly to Vimeo, YouTube and SoundCloud.

For best image quality and fast upload, image files should be about 1024 x 768px @ 72 dpi. Please keep video files under 60MB and limited to 2 - 3 minute clips. Our SlideRoom portal offers additional instruction for submitting your work. For technical assistance, contact support@slideroom.com

At SlideRoom you can login and edit your portfolio as often as you like; however, once you have submitted it, no changes can be made. A $10 USD fee is charged at the time of submission.

Audition Process

You should visit with the Faculty of Fine Arts Advising Office to ensure that you are on track to complete all program requirements and that you have the pre-requisite courses for your audition - finearts.advising@uleth.ca.

To register for audition/interview, you must send a request to drama@uleth.ca with your ID number to start the process and collect the Audition Information Form (the drama department will provide this after you have contact them - you will need to bring the completed form to each of your auditions/interviews).

Audition Dates

  • TBA


All the auditions will include an interview where faculty members can learn more about who you are as a person and a performer

Audition Process

The Drama Department recommends that you audition for all three streams, with the plans that you will participate in two of the three: Acting, Directing or Theatre Creation.

Acting II – Drama 3310

Prerequisite courses

  • Drama 2100 – Play Reading and Analysis
  • Drama 2310 – Acting I
  • Drama 2320 – Voice I
  • Drama 2340 – Movement
  • 15 university courses

Audition Components

Perform 2 contrasting monologues, with a MAXIMUM combined length of 5 minutes

Monologues may contrast in many ways:

  • Era
  • Genre/style
  • Language
  • Emotional range
  • Character type
  • Physical elements

Your monologues must come from published plays.

Directing II – Drama 3420

Prerequisite courses

  • Drama 2100 – Play Reading and Analysis
  • Drama 2310 – Acting I
  • Drama 2420 – Directing I
  • 15 university courses

Audition Components

Present a directorial vision for the production of a ply, with a MAXIMUM length of 5 minutes

Your presentation may consider any of the following ideas:

  • Casting/characterization
  • Narrative/structure
  • Genre/style
  • Time, period or location
  • Performance venue
  • Anything else essential to your production

Your play will be assigned to you after you register for the audition.

Theatre Creation II – Drama 3740

Prerequisite courses

  • Drama 2100 – Play Reading and Analysis
  • Drama 2310 – Acting I
  • Drama 2740 – Theatre Creation I
  • 15 university courses

Audition Components

1. Perform a theatre creation (developed entirely by you), with a MAXIMUM length of 2 minutes

  • A physical theatre piece (you may use pre-existing music)
  • A text-based theatre piece
  • A song or musical composition
  • A reading from a script
  1. Participate in a group theatre creation. A group of applicants will be provided with a task and time to develop a short piece. Specific instructions will be provided during the audition

Questions? …Get Answers

Admission and Portfolio Advisor

Faculty of Fine Arts

Phone: (403) 380-1864

Email: finearts.admissions@uleth.ca