Theatre Programs

BFA Theatre Major

This four year program introduces students to a broad foundation of various theatre arts in their first year with the option of focusing in one of several areas within the Theatre major, or students can follow a Self-Directed program that will accommodate a diversity of interests.

Students in specific focus areas (with the exception of the Self-Directed program) must normally have an average GPA of 5.0 (B) in Theatre courses of their focus option to be admitted and advanced. Follow the links for full program decscriptions or see Program Requirements below for specific course requirements for each focus area.

Areas of Focus

BA Honours in Theatre History

Students interested in Theatre History are able to apply to the Honours program in their third year of study if they meet the course requirements of a minimum of six units in Theatre with a GPA of 6.0 (B+) or better. Please visit the UVic Calendar for course requirements for this degree program.

Theatre & Writing Double Major

Students interested in Theatre and Writing are able to pursue a double major. Applications must be accepted by both the Theatre and Writing departments and students are encouraged to contact the Fine Arts Advisor to obtain assistance with planning their program. Application deadline for the Department of Writing is March 31. Visit the Department of Writing website for more information on their application process.


BFA Requirements by Focus

To graduate with a BFA in Theatre, students must complete 60 units of course work, of which at least 36 units must be in Theatre and no fewer than 15 units must be outside electives. The one exception to this requirement is the Performance Focus. This program requires no fewer than 12 units of outside electives. At the upper-level, students must take at least 21 units, 15 of which must be in Theatre.

Applied

Applied Theatre Focus

Students may enter the Applied Theatre Focus after completing the first-year Theatre requirements. The Applied Theatre program allies the art of the theatre with effective pedagogy to build upon the growing recognition of theatre as an educative methodology in matters of social, political, economic and therapeutic concerns. The program provides the theoretical and experiential foundations that will serve those who wish to examine the use of theatre forms as they apply to teaching and/or non-theatrical settings, such as cultural, recreation and community centres, historic and environmental sites, museums, prisons, hospitals, social service and health agencies.

Students considering careers in elementary, middle or secondary schools are urged to consult with the Teacher Education Advising Office early to plan their undergraduate programs.

NOTES:

  • All courses should be taken in the sequence indicated. Failure to follow the course listings suggested for each year and for each Focus may jeopardize the ability to complete the BFA degree within four years.
  • THEA 132B is strongly recommended for students interested in pursuing the Applied Theatre Focus.
  • Electives*: English 135 and an additional 1.5 units of English electives must be taken before 30 units are completed.
Third and Fourth Years

NOTES:

  • At least 1.5 units of THEA 394/EDCI 487 are required to complete the Applied Theatre Focus. May be taken more than once.
  • Electives*: Of these electives, a minimum of 1.5 units must be Theatre courses (at any level) to satisfy the degree requirement of 36 Theatre units.

Design

Design Focus

Students may enter the Design Focus after completing the second-year Theatre courses required for this focus.

NOTES:

  • All courses should be taken in the sequence indicated. Failure to follow the course listings suggested for each year and for each Focus may jeopardize the ability to complete the BFA degree within four years.
  • Electives*: English 135 and an additional 1.5 units of English electives must be taken before 30 units are completed.
THEA 351 and 352; or THEA 348 and 349; or
THEA361 and either 362 o r 363
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THEA 351 and 352; or THEA 348 and 349; or
THEA361 and either 362 o r 363
7.5-10.5

NOTES:

    *Electives: Of these electives, a minimum of 1.5 units must be Theatre courses (at any level) to satisfy the degree requirement of 36 Theatre unit

Directing

Directing Focus

Students may enter the Directing Focus after completing the second-year Theatre courses required for this focus. The Directing Focus is a preparatory program only. The foundation of its philosophy is that emerging directors must first secure a strong liberal arts education, as well as experience in all aspects of theatre production, before moving on to an in-depth study of directing. Students seeking entry into this option should secure the advice of the department on all required and elective courses before the end of their first year of the Theatre Program.

NOTES:

  • All courses should be taken in the sequence indicated. Failure to follow the course listings suggested for each year and for each Focus may jeopardize the ability to complete the BFA degree within four years.
  • Electives*: English 135 and an additional 1.5 units of English electives must be taken before 30 units are completed.

Electives* (WRIT 203: Playwriting Workshop is strongly recommended)
Third and Fourth Years
NOTES:
  • Electives*: Of these electives, a minimum of 3 units must be Theatre courses (at any level) to satisfy the degree requirement of 36 Theatre units.

History

Theatre History Focus

Students may enter the Theatre History Focus after completing the second-year Theatre requirements.

NOTES:

  • All courses should be taken in the sequence indicated. Failure to follow the course listings suggested for each year and for each Focus may jeopardize the ability to complete the BFA degree within four years.
  • Electives*: English 135 and an additional 1.5 units of English electives must be taken before 30 units are completed.

NOTES:

  • Electives*: Of these electives, a minimum of 7.5 units must be Theatre courses (at any level) to satisfy the degree requirement of 36 Theatre units.

Performance

Performance Focus

Students may enter the Performance Focus (formerly known as the acting specialization) after completing the first-year Theatre requirements. Enrolment is limited. Admission is by audition and interview only and permission of the department is required.

NOTES:

  • All courses should be taken in the sequence indicated. Failure to follow the course listings suggested for each year and for each Focus may jeopardize the ability to complete the BFA degree within four years.
  • THEA 120B is strongly recommended for students interested in pursuing the Performance Focus. Students entering the Performance Focus who complete both THEA 120B and 132B will take an additional 1.5 units for a total of 61.5 units.
  • Electives*: English 135 and an additional 1.5 units of English electives must be taken before 30 units are completed.

AUDITIONS:

  • Auditions are held for students wishing to enter the acting specialization after first year. Only selected students will proceed into 2nd year.
  • Students who are not selected after their 1st-year auditions are welcome to audition again at the end of their 2nd year.
  • Permission must be granted by the department for students to progress to each subsequent year in the acting specialization.
Third Year (Permission Required)
Fourth Year (Permission Required)

Production

Production and Management Focus

Students may enter the Production and Management Focus after completing the second-year Theatre courses required for this focus. Enrolment is limited. Selection is by interview. Permission of the department is required.

NOTES:

  • All courses should be taken in the sequence indicated. Failure to follow the course listings suggested for each year and for each Focus may jeopardize the ability to complete the BFA degree within four years.
  • Electives*: English 135 and an additional 1.5 units of English electives must be taken before 30 units are completed

NOTES:

  • Electives*: Of these electives, a minimum of 1.5 units must be Theatre courses (at any level) to satisfy the degree requirement of 36 Theatre units.

Self-Dir.

Self-Directed Focus

Students may enter the Self-Directed Focus after completing the first-year Theatre requirements. Students who wish to pursue a greater scope in their Theatre studies, or who wish to combine their Theatre studies with a wide range of other liberal arts disciplines, should select the Self-Directed Option.

NOTES:

  • All courses should be taken in the sequence indicated. Failure to follow the course listings suggested for each year and for each Focus may jeopardize the ability to complete the BFA degree within four years.
  • Electives*: English 135 and an additional 1.5 units of English electives must be taken before 30 units are completed.
Second Year
Third and Fourth Years

NOTES:

  • Electives*: Of these electives, a minimum of 7.5 units must be Theatre courses (at any level) to satisfy the degree requirement of 36 Theatre units.

 


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