Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama

Faculty of Arts

Why study Design?

Why take the Design route in Drama?

This four-year conservatory training program provides in-depth study in the three areas of theatre design: costume, lighting, and set design. You’ll be assigned to productions in your first year and throughout the program, gaining practical experience while also taking theoretical and traditional coursework. Entrance to the program is competitive, with only 6 spots in each incoming class. You must submit a portfolio and meet the academic requirements to be offered a spot in the program.

Why get a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama degree?

Why study Drama at the University of Alberta?

The Drama major, taken as part of a Bachelor of Arts degree, studies the way theatre creates cultural, social, and political meaning with the help of a faculty of experts who are professionals in their field. You will be exposed to every aspect of the theatrical process, including courses in acting, directing, and playwriting, while combining theory and practice through hands-on projects. Our superior classroom and theatre facilities support our dynamic learning environment. In Drama you will be provided the opportunity to learn from local experts from the Edmonton theatre community and to participate in rewarding faculty research projects.

Possible Careers

  • Actor
  • Artist
  • Cultural Management
  • Designer / Technician (Costume, Set, and Lighting)
  • Director
  • Dramaturge
  • Event Planner
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Stage Manager
  • Theatre Critic

Hunter is a graduate of the BFA Acting program and is now a member of the Soulpepper Theatre Company, in Toronto.

Admissions Requirements for 2019 - 2020

This information is for students applying directly from high school. Transfer students: see the Calendar

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Required Courses

  • One from the following courses
    • English Language Arts 30-1
  • One from the following subjects (click to see courses)
    • Fine Arts
    • Humanities
    • Languages other than English
    • Math/Sciences
  • Three from the following subjects (click to see courses)
    • Humanities
    • Languages other than English
    • Math/Sciences

Admission Average

Admission is competitive and subject to availability of space.

Canadian students, see Competitive Averages by faculty.
International students, see Competitive Averages and Conversions.

* Only one of Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2 can be used for admission.

 
 
  • English Language Proficiency (ELP)  

    Because the U of A wants you to succeed, our admissions policy ensures that all students, regardless of citizenship, have the language skills they need to understand, participate and learn in our classes. The primary language of instruction in our classes, with the exception of those at the Faculte Saint-Jean, is English. For more information on the English Language Proficiency policy refer to the U of A Calendar. Information on writing ELP examinations is also available.

  • Aboriginal Applicants  

    At the U of A, we are committed to encouraging Aboriginal Students in their work towards a degree. Aboriginal students have been under-represented in higher education in Canada, thus our policy is aimed at increasing opportunity, with the goal of our Aboriginal student population being representative of the public we serve. For more information on Admission of Aboriginal Students refer to the U of A Calendar.

Deadline

Fall application: May 1, 2019

March 1st is the deadline to apply for most direct entry programs, but be sure to double-check! For a complete listing of application and document deadlines refer to the University Calendar.

Notes

  • More than one language other than English may be accepted.
  • The Faculty of Arts accepts proficiency in an Aboriginal language recognized in Canada (i.e. Cree, Slavey etc.) to meet a language other than English admission requirement. Proficiency is measure by either a test, administered by the university if such can be arranged, or by boards of examiners appointed by the university. Candidates having passed the required test of an Aboriginal language have their averages calculated on the remaining four matriculation subjects.
  • Two courses from the same second language cannot be used for meeting more than one admission subject requirement
  • Early application beginning February 1 is encouraged.
  • Visit https://www.ualberta.ca/drama/ or contact the Department of Drama regarding artistic requirements. Telephone: (780) 492-2271 Email: drama@ualberta.ca
  • For a BFA (Drama) in Design, a portfolio, a letter of intent and three letters of reference are required for admission. Deadline for submission of additional materials is April 1.
  • Only one Fine Arts Subject may be presented for admission.

For additional information and the most up-to-date admission requirements, please see admission requirements by faculty in the University Calendar.

 

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