Frequently Asked Questions

 



 

How are Theatre admissions determined?
The admissions committee for the Department of Theatre evaluates student admissions based on the entire application package with specific importance given to:

  • theatre training and experience, as well as non-theatre related volunteer activities, awards/honours, hobbies and interests. (listed in your resume)
  • grade point average (from student’s self reporting of marks to UVic admissions)
  • essay response content and grammar
  • areas of interest

How is the University admissions determined?
The Undergraduate Admissions and Records Office considers:

  • a recommendation from the Department of Theatre
  • grade point average (high school and any other post-secondary courses)

How many applications are received? How many people are accepted?
The Department of Theatre usually receives between 110 – 150 completed applications from prospective students, and normally accepts 60 first year students.


Can I send an audition video or design portfolio?
Examples of your work (see Support Materials in Step 8 of application for full list) can be sent to the department with your package if you feel it will enhance your application. Materials can be mailed with your package however, please note that these will only be returned if a postage-paid return envelope is also included. Alternatively, if your examples are posted online, please include a web address, or YouTube or Facebook link with your application.


How do I get into the Performance focus?
All students must take the required first-year theatre courses, including Introduction to Acting. At the end of the first year, interested students audition to be accepted into the specialization, which begins in second year. The criteria for acceptance into the program include the results of this audition, the successful completion of first year theatre courses with a B+ average, and a B average for all courses combined.  


What skills will I learn with a theatre degree?
Students in the Department of Theatre develop skills and gain experience in many areas of theatre performance, including acting, directing, design, technical and management skills. Students are required to develop excellent research, creative problem solving and writing skills and learn how to communicate effectively. As early as second year, they learn responsibility, personnel and event management skills, by performing an important management role in our productions. As theatre is a social art and dependant on the collaboration of many artists behind and on stage, students especially develop excellent teamwork and interpersonal skills appropriate for working in the industry or any workplace.

Read Bruce Miller’s inspirational “What Theatre students learn”.



Do I need to register for both fall and spring terms at the same time?
Yes. Courses that extend over the full year – including many core theatre courses – must be registered at the same time. Electives should be registered as soon as possible as some courses, especially English electives, fill up quickly.

It is important that students are registered in a full time course load (12 units over the fall and spring terms) for student loans or awards administered UVic Student Awards and Financial Aid.


Do I have to take English? If I cannot register in a first year English course, what do I do?

Yes. All theatre students must have 3.0 units of English electives to graduate, with 1.5 units required to be taken before the end of second year. If you are unable to register in a first year English course in your first year, you can register in your required English course(s) in your second year. If you need further assistance call or email Fine Arts Advising.


Can I drop a course once I’ve registered for it?
Yes. Please see the list of important dates in the academic calendar for the deadlines to add and drop courses. However, students should consult with Fine Arts Advising to ensure that this decision does not affect your ability to complete your program in a timely manner.


Can I do a double major with theatre and another subject?
Yes! Students can chose to complete double majors with another area of interest, for instance, Theatre and Writing. However, the theatre program is very demanding and we recommend that you meet with Fine Arts Advising to discuss course options and academic path to degree completion.


How much does the theatre degree cost?
Tuition fees for the Department of Theatre are the same as most other UVic undergraduate programs. Click here to see the current year’s fees and learn more about tuition payment deadlines.

You will need to budget for more than just tuition fees if you’re planning to attend university. Check out this useful information about other university costs, budgeting and financing your education.


I’m from outside of Canada. Do international students have to pay more?
Yes. Canada and British Columbia subsidizes the cost of an education for its citizens. Students from outside Canada are required to pay the international fees. See the UVic fee schedule for more information.


What scholarships or bursaries are available?
Click here to learn more about what awards are available to Theatre students.


Why do I need special permission to have a part-time job, take an evening class or participate in a community theatre production?
It is possible to have a part-time job or take an evening class, however, many courses in the Department of Theatre require you to participate in the production of a Phoenix mainstage play and you will need to be available during rehearsal/performance times in the evenings as part of your course. Special permission from the chair is required.


Where will I live? Are there accommodations on campus for students?
Many students from outside of Victoria stay in UVic’s student residences during their first year. Students also choose to live off-campus and rent apartments. As well as searching for available apartments for rent in the local media, UVic Housing’s website hosts a useful listing of availabilities in the community.

What can I do with a theatre degree?

Theatre

When many people think about a career in theatre, they usually imagine a person acting on stage, however graduates with a theatre degree have developed successful careers in a multitude of areas within and outside of the theatre industry:

Theatre

  • Actor (stage, film, TV), vocal coach
  • Director (theatrical, music, fight, movement)
  • Designer (costume, set, lighting, sound)
  • Choreographer, dancer, dance teacher, movement coach, stunt performer
  • Technician (sound, lighting), technical director, production manager
  • Production manager/assistant/coordinator
  • Wardrobe supervisor/ cutter / seamstress / make-up artist/ millinery specialist
  • Props manager/coordinator
  • Scenic carpenter/artist
  • Arts administrator (theatre manager/box office manager)
  • Playwright, screenwriter, dramaturge
  • Theatre education manager, outreach program coordinator
  • Marketing / communications/ media relations/ public relations manager
  • Development / advancement/ fundraising/ manager or grant writer

Education & Government

When many people think about a career in theatre, they usually imagine a person acting on stage, however graduates with a theatre degree have developed successful careers in a multitude of areas within and outside of the theatre industry:

Education & Government

  • Historian, researcher, lecturer, instructor, professor (MFA, PhD)
  • Applied theatre facilitator, workshop leader
  • Early childhood educator, Pre-school/ primary/middle/ high school teacher (BEd)
  • Drama teacher, dance teacher
  • Community outreach worker
  • Government arts grant officer, program administrator

Media

When many people think about a career in theatre, they usually imagine a person acting on stage, however graduates with a theatre degree have developed successful careers in a multitude of areas within and outside of the theatre industry:

Media

  • newspaper, radio, TV media announcer
  • journalist
  • editor
  • film / theatre critic
  • reviewer

And Beyond!

When many people think about a career in theatre, they usually imagine a person acting on stage, however graduates with a theatre degree have developed successful careers in a multitude of areas within and outside of the theatre industry:

And Beyond!

  • Cirque du Solei
  • circus artist
  • carnival artist
  • theme park
  • cruise ship entertainer

Still looking for more ideas?

When many people think about a career in theatre, they usually imagine a person acting on stage, however graduates with a theatre degree have developed successful careers in a multitude of areas within and outside of the theatre industry.

Still looking for more ideas? Check out:


Eurydice (2012)








Yerma (2010)








Wreckage (2010)








Dark of the Moon (2008)








Lionel (2008)








Rookery Nook (2011)