Actors on stage

BFA Acting

The beginning year of the BFA Acting focuses on the development of the actor’s instrument through story telling, improvisation, scene study, movement and voice. The intermediate year covers the study and practice of acting styles including Commedia dell’arte, Chekhov and Shakespeare. The final year incorporates screen acting, auditioning, solo creation, singing, voice-over 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.

Get experience at UBC

Building your career requires intensive practice of performance and auditioning skills. Students in the BFA Acting program receive training and mentorship in auditioning and opportunities to work with casting directors and guest artists on strategies for career development. From these experiences, and from the many other great opportunities available, you’ll learn new things, make new friends, network, and set yourself apart. It all counts.

Go Global

Experience theatre in other countries and immerse yourself in other cultures and contexts. Go Global programs offers students the opportunity to study at one of 150 partner universities round the world.

Arts Co-op Program

Gaining paid, full-time, relevant experience through Arts Co-op will help you explore career options in cultural organizations (like theatre festivals and museums), non-profits (community and social service organizations), government, and the private sector with employers across Canada and abroad. Graduate with career skills, experience, and a network of professional contacts that will give you a competitive edge after graduation. 

Arts Internship Program

Build a career while you are studying through part-time, unpaid internships designed with Arts students in mind. Exciting internships are being created at galleries, art festivals, theatre organizations, museums, and grass-roots organizations and non-profits. Find your passion, gain relevant experience and unleash your creativity in a part-time internship this year.

Community experience

Work and learn in community settings like non-profits and inner city schools. Take a course with a community-based experiential learning (CBEL) component and develop an understanding of community contexts and the systemic factors underlying community needs. Whether it’s a course or signing up for Trek & Reading Week placements, or a grant project in community, you’ll build skills in real-world settings and make invaluable connections with people in community.

Using your acting degree

Graduates of the BFA Program in Acting are higly trained for entry-level work as actors in Theatre, Film, and television, with a particular emphasis on classical actor-training and the ability to work in pre-modern styles as well as contemporary performance. Students in the BFA Acting program are also well prepared for graduate study in Acting, Directing, and Production.

Career possibilities

Actor or Actress

Most graduates of the BFA program in Acting work as actors in theatre, film, and television. Actors create characters and work with a stage director to present a story to an audience.

Stage Director

Stage Directors establish an overall vision for a theatrical presentation and work with actors, designers, and other production personnel to create and present a stage play, musical, or opera to an audience

More possibilities

Artistic Director Choreographer
Event Coordinator
Front of House Manager Location Manager
Movement Specialist Producer
Production Manager Stage Manager
Tour Manager
Vocal Coach
Voice-Over artist

Academic possibilities

This degree prepares students for further study in a variety of fields, including:

  • MFA Directing
  • PhD Theatre

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