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FACULTY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

DRAMATIC ARTS (ARTS & SCIENCE)

Degrees Available

  • Bachelor of Arts - Dramatic Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts & Science

Intake: 

Fall & Spring

Campus: 

Lethbridge

Program Description

Dramatic Arts provides you with a vibrant and varied experience in the world of theatre, combining the excitement of live productions with studies in literature, acting, directing, design and technical production.

As a drama student, you’ll study theory and criticism, performance and production. Participate in a series of major theatre productions annually, ensuring you get ample real-life theatre experience. Delve into theatre history and literature, study renowned playwrights and their works within the context of time, place and social circumstance.

With both theoretical and practical opportunities, you will learn to be imaginative, flexible, adaptable and creative, grooming you for entrance into the entertainment industry, graduate studies and numerous other professions.

The play’s the thing | uLethbridge has two performance series: Mainstage and TheatreXtra. With eight productions annually, you’ll have numerous opportunities to put your new knowledge to the test, whether you are performing, building sets and designing costumes, or stage managing. During four years of study, you’ll see and work on a wide range of historical periods, genres and theatrical approaches.

The Centre for the Arts | The Centre for the Arts houses three performance spaces: a flexible production studio, the ‘black-box’ David Spinks Theatre and the main University Theatre — complete with a fly gallery. Numerous rehearsal rooms, a well-equipped costume shop and lab, lighting lab, property and scene shops, a recording studio and blue-screen room make our facilities among the finest in the country.

Student clubs, activities and the art community | The Theatre Arts Society organizes student activities including Twoonie Theatre and social events. The Musical Theatre Society is for those interested in singing, acting and dancing, while The Improv Club teaches you to act on your feet. Lethbridge also boasts an active cultural community, with several theatre groups and the professional New West Theatre.

Dramatic arts degrees | uLethbridge offers two routes for those wanting to pursue a degree in dramatic arts — the BA route through the Faculty of Arts & Science and the BFA route through the Faculty of Fine Arts. In general, the BA allows you to pursue your studies in the fine arts, and select more electives to satisfy your interests in other areas of arts and sciences. Whatever degree you choose, you can rest assured that you will study with accomplished experts across a wide range of theatrical areas, including acting, directing and technical professionals.

Minors | Adding a minor to your degree is a great way to explore academic interests beyond your major. A minor is a set of courses comprising a secondary focus of interest. A minor may be required or optional.

Experience learning | Our students have a number of experiential learning opportunities available to them including co-operative educationinternational exchanges, independent and applied studies as well as volunteer opportunities. uLethbridge is the only university in Alberta to offer co-operative education to all majors in the arts & sciences, at both the undergrad and grad level. Transfer students can actually head out on their first work term before ever stepping foot on campus! For example, many transfer students have completed a summer work term before starting classes in September.​​​​


Possible Careers

Graduates may pursue careers in:

  • Acting
  • Film
  • Stage Directing
  • Artistic Directing
  • Lighting Design
  • Set Design
  • Costume Design
  • Playwriting
  • Script Writing
  • Makeup Artistry
  • Technical Directing
  • Casting

Some of these careers require additional education. Students may also choose to continue their education at the graduate level. To find out more about opportunities available to you contact Faculty of Fine Arts Advising.

Program Planning

View uLethbridge Program Planning Guides.

Sample Classes:

  • Drama 1000 - Introduction to Dramatic Arts
  • Drama 2010 - Performance Fundamentals
  • Drama 2100 - Play Reading and Analysis
  • Drama 2120 - History and Development of Theatre I
  • Drama 2130 - History and Development of Theatre II
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