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The BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) Acting degree is a 3+1 year conservatory training program. It is rigorous, intensive and provides in-depth study of acting, movement, dance, singing, voice, and stage combat. Graduates are prepared for immediate entry into the professional workforce.
Our BFA Acting program is nationally recognized as one of the leading university acting degree programs in Canada. We attract the best students from across the country and around the world. See the graduating class of 2015 here.
Have you got what it takes? Are you committed enough? If so, keep reading!
Why Study Acting at the U of A?
With us you will get a rigorous conservatory program and a university degree. Our BFA Acting program combines the benefits of a liberal arts education with more hours of professional actor training than other university theatre programs. Unlike other conservatory diplomas, the U of A BFA Acting degree is internationally recognized by industry professionals, as well as by universities for entrance into graduate programs.
What You’ll Learn
The first year is your pre-professional study, completed here at the U of A in the BA Drama program or at another university or college. After meeting the entrance requirements, you will focus on acting for the next three years.
The first of the next three years serves as foundational training in acting, stage combat, dance and movement, speech and singing. Main areas of focus include understanding of self in expression, ensemble work, neutral mask, understanding text, and research techniques to prepare for a role.
Emphasis is placed on "period styles" in the following year. Two productions--one Shakespearean and one from another period (Greek, Restoration, 18th century, etc.)--are mounted in the Corner Stage Theatre. Students focus on character, heightened language and movement, stage combat and ensemble work.
In the final year students perform with U of A Studio Theatre, the department's resident theatre company. With the focus being on performance, students are directed and coached by guest artists and faculty who are professionals and leaders in their disciplines. Students prepare for their professional career in full production conditions. In addition, there are studio classes and workshops in film, TV and radio acting, dance, speech, dialects and singing.
Download the BFA Acting Course List to see degree requirements, course descriptions and year schedules.
There is no admission to the BFA Acting program directly from high school. You must complete one full year of university or college course work transferable to the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta and successfully audition for the program.
Applicants must have completed, or be enrolled in, their first year of postsecondary study at the time of application.
A minimum of one full year (*30 credits) of transferable coursework from either the U of A or another university or college is required, minimum 2.2 AGPA.
Download the BFA Acting Academic Requirements Info Sheet for details.