The BFA Acting program in the Department of Theatre and Film does not follow the typical program of a traditional acting school. At UBC, we combine professional acting training with a solid grounding in theatre history and a liberal arts education.
The BFA Acting program focuses on the development of the actor’s instrument and as they progress through their degree they will study and develop their own acting styles and disciplines.
Admission into the BFA Acting program at UBC is limited, and is based on each individual’s audition and supplemental application information.
BFA Promotional Video
The following video is an introduction to the training and performance opportunities available to acting students through the BFA Acting Program at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. The Theatre at UBC video documents the experiences of three BFA acting students and offers a glimpse into their classwork and backstage preparations for a BFA production.
In the first two years, students pursuing a degree in acting will focus on storytelling, improvisation, scene study, movement and voice. In their third year, we cover the study and practice of acting styles including Commedia dell’arte, Chekhov and Shakespeare.
The fourth-year incorporates screen acting, auditioning, solo creation, singing, voice-over and stage combat. Additionally, our courses are fully integrated with theatre productions and students will have the opportunity to act in shows and work with guest artists and industry professionals.
Thank you for your interest in our program!
Students new to UBC wishing to apply to the BFA Acting program must complete the online UBC application by January 15.
If you are applying directly from secondary school or transferring from another institution, or another faculty at UBC, you must list the Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting program as your first or second choice degree program in the online UBC application.
Step 1 – Apply to UBC
Apply to UBC by January 15. Note: You do not have to complete this step if you are currently enrolled in a BA or BFA program at UBC Vancouver. Go to Step 2. If you are applying from another faculty within UBC, please submit a Change of Program application through the SSC, and proceed to Step 2.
Step 2 – Submit your Audition Online
Following our audition requirements and helpful tips below, sign in with your CWL and submit your recorded audition and supplemental material to us by February 1.
Once you have submitted your application materials you will see a confirmation message in your browser and receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive the confirmation message and email your application was not received. If you are unable to submit your application due to technical issues, please contact us.
Due to the various restrictions resulting from the COVID pandemic, the UBC BFA Acting Program will be accepting recorded auditions this year.
Applicants should submit a recording of themselves performing a monologue from a contemporary published play (not a film, not something you have written yourself). Maximum length is 2 minutes. Please choose monologues in which your character is speaking directly to another character rather than those in which the character is talking to “themselves” or talking on the phone. Your submission should be a single, uninterrupted performance of the monologue and should not be edited together from various “takes.”
Please use YouTube, Vimeo or similar to upload your piece. Please list a private, non password enabled, link to website (YouTube, Vimeo, personal site) that has your single take, 2-minute monologue audition piece.
Some helpful tips to producing a good self-tape audition!
- Please use MP4 video file format.
- Do not shoot in 4k, files are too large.
- A camera phone is just fine.
- Shoot horizontally, not vertically.
- Frame from waist up leaving some space between the top of your head and the frame.
- Natural light is great; avoid top light, harsh shadows and dark rooms.
- We are more interested in your character work than your camera work!
Supplemental material required:
- A photograph (jpg, pdf) - it need not be a professional headshot, just a good photo of you!
- A resume listing your relevant acting experience.
- A 1 min video of you performing a spoken word poem, playing a snippet of a song you love, a rant about something you're passionate about, a monologue you've written yourself, a tour of your kitchen - anything at all that will help us know YOU!
- Any references from your acting experience so far (teachers, workshop instructors, directors, etc.)
- Three short (500 characters or less) written responses to these questions: (1) Why do you feel called to be an actor, (2) Tell us about a work of theatre you've seen that has impacted or influenced you, (3) Tell us about something (other than acting) that you are especially passionate about.
Deadline to submit recorded audition and supplemental material is 11:59pm on February 1, 2023 (Pacific Standard Time).
Live, online callbacks are expected to take place in March 2023. We will create as flexible a schedule as possible to accommodate various time zones. Details will be announced once the list of applicants receiving a call-back has been finalized.
Step 3 – Callbacks
Ensure your availability for possible online callback dates.