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BFA Design and Production

Design and Production is a BFA program in the Department of Theatre and Film. It offers professional training supplemented by the benefits of a liberal arts education. Admission is by resume and portfolio.

The BFA Design and Production program prepares students for careers in the entertainment industry as designers, managers, craftspeople, and technicians. Courses are fully integrated with Theatre at UBC productions; BFA students work on shows and student film projects as designers, stage managers, technical directors, art directors, and in many other areas of backstage and behind the camera production.

Get experience at UBC

Building your career takes more than attending academic lectures. Get involved with research and complement your studies with relevant research and applied experiences. Whether you choose one of the experiences listed below or one of the many other great opportunities available, you’ll learn new things, make new friends, network, and set yourself apart. It all counts.

Theatre internships

The Department of Theatre and Film has two internship programs for Design and Production students, and several other opportunities for off-campus work are often available. 

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. Exciting internships are being created in diverse non-profit and social service organizations, and in local galleries and museums, like the Chinese Cultural Museum, or the Delta Museum and Archives. Apply your valuable intercultural understanding and language skills to the world of work and gain industry contacts along the way.

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 degree

Using your Design and Production degree

Graduates of the BFA Design and Production program are highly qualified and well prepared for entry level employment in one or more areas of concentration that they chose during their undergraduate work in the program. Alumni work as designers, managers, and technicians across Canada and internationally. BFA students are also well-prepared for further study of design and production at the graduate level.  

Career possibilities

Lighting Designer

Lighting designers plan the lighting and visual effects for Theatre, Opera, Dance, Television, Concerts, and many other events and presentations. Lighting designers work with Electricians and Technical Directors to install and control the specialized equipment used for illuminating live and recorded events.

Costume Designer

Costume Designers invent and plan the clothing worn by performers in plays, opera, film, and television productions. Costume designers work with makeup artists, hair and wig stylists, and Wardrobe staff to design the appearance of the characters.

More possibilities: 

Art Director
Artistic Director
Event Coordinator
Front of House Manager
Location Manager
Production Designer
Production Manager
Properties Artisan
Scenic Artist
Set Designer
Set Dresser
Sound Designer
Sound Technician
Stage Carpenter
Stage Electrician
Stage Manager
Technical Director
Tour Manager
Wardrobe Supervisor

Academic possibilities

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

  • MFA Design
  • MFA Directing
  • MA Theatre

Alumni profiles