BFA Acting: How to Apply

Program and Graduate Secretary (Theatre Production): Zanna Downes 604-822-6037


UBC Department of Theatre & Film accepts first year admissions to our BFA Programs (allowing entry directly from high school).

All applicants must complete the online University of British Columbia Vancouver Campus application. Additionally, the following is required for application to the BFA Acting program.

  • Students applying directly from secondary school for entry into the first year of the program should list the Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting program as their first choice of degree program, using the online application.
  • Students who have completed transferable courses at another post-secondary institution and are applying for the second year of the program should list the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting program as their first choice of degree program, using the online application. First year UBC students are also welcome to apply for the second year of the BFA Program. There are a limited number of positions for entry into second year still available.

Auditioning for the UBC Department of Theatre and Film’s BFA Acting Program

The Department of Theatre & Film at UBC holds auditions each February, for admission to our BFA Acting Degree Program for the following September. The process for registering and booking an audition for the UBC BFA Acting program is as follows:

To register, upload materials and select your first (and second choice) for an audition time slot, please use our online registration link (coming soon). You will be asked for your contact information, acting experience and a headshot. Applications must be submitted by February 1, 2020.
UBC BFA Acting Program Audition Registration form (coming soon) – Registration opens October 1, 2019 and closes February 1, 2020.
Select and memorize one of the classical pieces by William Shakespeare from the following downloadable file. Make sure you read the entire play to place the speech in context.
Prepare one contrasting contemporary piece of your choice from a published play that demonstrates the range of your acting abilities.
The piece should not exceed two minutes in length and should be of your own gender and age range.
Also be prepared to sing 16 bars of a song of your choice without accompaniment from the musical theatre repertoire.

Audition Schedule:

(Audition schedule coming soon)

You will be auditioning with other actors and some group work will take place. Please come in comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely. A room close to your audition will be available one half hour before each session if you wish to warm up.

There will be several audition sessions. Each session will last approximately 2 hours depending on the size of your group.

If the Department is considering you for the program, you will be asked to attend a second audition. Only candidates called back will be contacted. You must attend the second audition if you wish to be considered for the program. Best of luck to you!