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Theatre - Acting, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #30 (BCR) Vancouver, Canada
Receive professional actor training from the Theatre - Acting program at University of British Columbia. Your studies will span story telling, improvisation, scene study, movement, and voice, working up to training in screen acting, auditioning, solo creation, singing, voice-over, and stage combat.
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The Theatre - Acting program at University of British Columbia is a professional actor training program supplemented by a solid grounding in the history of theatre, while also offering many of the benefits of a liberal arts education. Courses are fully integrated with theatre in UBC productions, and you will work on shows in cooperation with faculty and professional staff.

The first year serves as an orientation to UBC, fulfilling some required Arts courses and a selection of electives. The second year focuses on the development of the actor’s instrument through storytelling, improvisation, scene study, movement, and voice. The third year covers the study and practice of acting styles including Commedia dell’arte, Chekhov, and Shakespeare. The fourth year incorporates screen acting, auditioning, solo creation, singing, voiceover, and stage combat.

Courses are fully integrated with Theatre at UBC productions, and students act in shows that are directed and coached by guest artists and faculty who are working professionals and leaders in their disciplines.

Your future

Your future is filled with options, including work as a film/TV /new media, theatre, puppet, physical theatre, multidisciplinary, or voice actor; building your own theatre collective/company; becoming a director or a producer or a playwright; working in marketing, sales, or arts administration. You will be well prepared for careers that require creative problem solving, excellent communication skills, public speaking skills, and working within groups to achieve a goal. 

A small sampling of the distinguished actors who have studied with us includes: David Adams, Lois Anderson, Sarah Afful , Ryan Biel, Brent Carver, Nicola Cavendish, Camyar Chai, Gavin Crawford, Robert Clothier, Rachel Cronin, Evan Frayne, Meghan Camille Mitchell, Ruth Nichol, Moya O’Connell, Eric Peterson, Dawn Petten, Sarah Rodgers, Laara Sadiq, Kerry Sandomirsky, Goldie Semple, Tom Scholte, Camille Sullivan, and Katey Wright.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


  • Introduction to Theatre
  • Introduction to Screen Acting
  • Literature and Criticism
  • Drama: Forms and Ideas 
  • Beginning B.F.A. Acting 
  • Beginning Voice and Movement 
  • Rehearsal and Performance

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with competitive scores, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3 in IB English A [SL or HL], or you are taking English B [SL or HL], you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9516 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 38051 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    1344 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5399 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Vancouver

  • 1590 - 2690 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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