BFA Acting: How to Apply

BFA Acting Advisor: Stephen Heatley
BFA Acting Auditions Coordinator: Karen Tong


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 form. You will be asked for your contact information, acting experience and a headshot. Registration opens October 1, 2019, and closes February 7, 2020.
Prepare two contrasting monologues that demonstrate the range of your acting abilities. Each piece should not exceed two minutes in length and should be of your own age range.
Also be prepared to sing 16 bars of a song of your choice without accompaniment from the musical theatre repertoire.

Audition Schedule:

Further audition schedule details are available on the BFA acting program audition registration form.

  • Saturday, February 8
    (10 to 5:30)
    BC Binnings Studios
  • Monday, February 10
    (5 to 8:30)
    BC Binnings Studios
  • Tuesday, February 11
    (5 to 8:30)
    BC Binnings Studios
  • Wednesday, February 12
    (5 to 8:30)
    BC Binnings Studios
  • Friday, February 21
    (2:30 to 8:30)
    BC Binnings Studios
  • Saturday, February 22
    (10 to 12:30; Callbacks from 1:30 to 6)
    Dorothy Somerset Studios
  • Sunday, February 23
    (Callbacks from 10 to 3:30)
    Dorothy Somerset Studios

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!