Your degree in Acting

While studying Acting, you’ll take courses that are fully integrated with Theatre at UBC productions, and act in shows that are directed and coached by guest artists and faculty who are working professionals and leaders in their disciplines. You’ll develop important skills with a particular emphasis on classical actor-training and the ability to work in pre-modern styles as well as contemporary performance.

These skills may include:

  • Creative approach to story-telling using various acting styles, including Commedia dell’arte, Chekhov and Shakespeare
  • Disciplined approach to learning lines and rehearsing
  • Confident stage, screen, and vocal presence
  • Integration of improvisation, scene study, movement, and voice in performances
  • Screen acting, auditioning, solo creation, singing, voice-over, and stage combat
  • Ability to take direction and collaborate with directors, crew, and other actors to convey characters and stories 
  • Ability to evoke a reaction and connect with the audience
  • Strategic approach to career development gained through intensive practice of performance and auditioning skills

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including film, television, theatre, radio, community organizations, tourism, event management, public relations, arts administration, education, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

Acting teacher

Actor

Announcer

Artistic director

Camera operator

Casting director

Community arts coordinator

Critic

Drama teacher

Events coordinator

Extra wrangler

Festival organizer

Film location manager

Lighting designer

Lighting technician

Make-up/costume supervisor

Media relations officer

Playwright

Production assistant

Radio station manager

Set designer

Stage manager

Stunt coordinator

Stunt person

Talent agent

Technical director

Television director/producer

Theatre company manager

Voice coach

Voice-over actor

Make the most out of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

UBC Players Club
Connect with students, faculty, and community members through performance art of all kinds.

UBC student clubs
Check out additional student groups that organize events related to film and theatre.

Departmental performances and events
Attend UBC Theatre & Film productions and network with students, faculty, and community members.

Funding and awards
Discover scholarship opportunities for Acting students.

Create Your ePortfolio
From projects and papers to travels and volunteer work, Arts ePortfolios help you collect, curate, and share your learning. 

Cinephile:UBC’s Film Journal
Submit research papers, book reviews, and reports that engage and debate issues within film, media, and cultural studies.

Theatre and Film alumni
Reach out to UBC graduates for informational interviews to learn about their experiences and seek out advice.

Arts funding opportunities
Find  grants from professional associations, corporations, non-profits, and government organizations.

BC Alliance for Arts + Culture job board
Explore job opportunities in BC across a variety of fields in the arts.

Vancouver theatres
Explore volunteer and job opportunities at theatre venues and companies, and festivals around the Lower Mainland.

Vancouver Actor’s Guide
Discover industry resources and local audition opportunities.

Actors Access
Get notified about projects and auditions in your area.

Casting Workbook
Set up your account and connect with professional production opportunities.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors. 

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

From your Arts degree, you’ll develop skills and experiences that can translate into many career paths. Check out other things you can do with your Arts degree.