Acting

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.

Program Overview

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.

Directed by Stephen Malloy
Shot and edited by Bojan Bodruzic
Original Music by Patrick Pennefather

Curriculum

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.

Admissions

Students wishing to apply to the BFA Acting program must complete the online UBC application by January 15 as well as an in-person audition.

If you are applying directly from secondary school or transferring from another institution, you must list the Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting program as your first or second choice degree program in the online UBC application.

UBC Application Deadline

UBC applications must be submitted by January 15.

Students must register and book an audition if they want to be considered for admission in September. Please complete the following:

  • 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 at 3PM PST on 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.
  • Be prepared to sing 16 bars of a song of your choice without accompaniment from the musical theatre repertoire.

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 green room will be available a half-hour before your session if you wish to warm up.
  • 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 contacted to attend a second audition. You must attend the second audition if you wish to be considered for the program.

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