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Theatre diploma

This guide has been prepared with the information you need to successfully register for your first year at UFV. Please review the information provided on this page thoroughly before contacting your academic advisor with questions.



The Theatre diploma is a 60-credit program that introduces students to all areas of theatre, including acting, stagecraft, and performance studies. All students enrolled in the diploma gain applied, practical experience by working on UFV Theatre productions. The Theatre diploma is for anyone interested in learning more about theatre, the performing arts, or performance studies. It is suitable for people from a wide range of backgrounds, including direct-entry from secondary school, international students, mature students, adults who wish to access life-long learning opportunities, and Indigenous students. Applicants do not need to have theatre experience. Students graduate from the Theatre diploma with enhanced performance and stagecraft skills, a deep appreciation of theatre and performance, and the ability to collaborate and communicate effectively.


Practicum courses provide students with the opportunity to earn university credit for acting in or working backstage on department theatre productions. Introductory backstage roles include set crew, running crew, dresser, lighting operator, sound operator, projections operator, or assistant stage manager. More advanced backstage roles include stage manager, assistant director, assistant designer, designer, or dramaturg.


Program structure and requirements


Program outline


THEA 101

Introduction to Theatre and Performance Studies


THEA 121

Technical Theatre I


THEA 123

Technical Theatre II


THEA 299

Theatre Production Practicum


One of:



THEA 111

Acting Skills for Work and Life


or THEA 112

Acting I: Essentials of Acting


or THEA 250/ ENGL 253

Introduction to Storytelling in Indigenous, Theatrical, and Global Communities


Plus: 21 credits selected from THEA courses


Plus: Nine credits from AH, FILM, GD, MACS, or ENGL courses designated as creative writing


Plus: 15 additional credits selected from any subject, including THEA


Note 1: Students planning to use the diploma to transfer into a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, or other program should meet with an Advisor to ensure they select electives that meet the requirements of that program.

Note 2: Students planning to transfer into the Bachelor of Arts, Theatre major should consult the calendar or meet with an Advisor to ensure they select courses and electives that meet the requirements of the Theatre major.

Note 3: Students should be aware that many Theatre courses at the 200 level and above have specific prerequisites.

Visit the academic calendar for more information.


Where can I find a list of courses for the program?

You can access a list of all approved and required courses for your program in two ways:


First time using MyGRADplan?

Visit MyGRADplan website to get login instructions and review tutorials. Specifically, you will want to learn about the 'What if' and 'Look ahead' features as they will be most helpful in your course planning.



Program duration

The Theatre diploma is two years (60 credits) in duration and is completed in a full-time capacity.

Part-time students

Students who attend UFV part-time, or who are enrolled in other programs, may take any available theatre course for which they have the prerequisites. Part-time students wanting to complete the Theatre diploma should consult the calendar or meet with an Advisor to ensure they are completing the appropriate courses in the correct sequence.



3-4 courses per semester


9-12 hours per week in class


And at least
9-12 hours per week
for homework


Suggested course plan



Next steps

Prepare for registration

Watch tutorials, review information on fee payment, important dates, and more.

Explore courses of interest

Find official course descriptions and outlines in the Academic Calendar.

Track your degree progress

Access your program audit & identify the requirements that are needed for graduation.


Still have questions?

Book an appointment with an academic advisor or email your questions to

If you are starting in the fall, book your next appointment prior to the winter registration (October).

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