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School of Creative Arts

Theatre — Bachelor of Arts


Bachelor's degree

Four years

Major, minor, extended minor

How to apply

Start date:
January, September 

Abbotsford campus



  • Practicum provides work experience and industry contacts
  • Participate in professional UFV theatre productions and gain hands on experience
  • Program eligible for financial aid


The Theatre major integrates performance studies and creative practice to ensure graduates have a strong and diverse foundation in theatre.

You acquire a deep understanding of the history and theory of performance and develop a high standard of competence in the practical, technical, and collaborative aspects of theatre.

In your first two years, you gain a breadth of understanding across four key areas: theatre studies; acting and performance; technical theatre and design; and creative practice. All of our courses combine theory and applied learning, and there are opportunities to extend this knowledge and skills through active participation in theatre productions.

In years three and four, you define and refine your creative vision and academic interests through independent and performance-research projects, while also sharpening your critical thinking skills in the evaluation and interpretation of theatrical genres, movements, performances, and texts. Upper-level creative practice courses in acting, playmaking, design, devising, and direction give you in-depth exposure to more advanced skills and techniques, as well as opportunities to apply, compare, and evaluate alternate creative approaches.

To round out your set of skills, you also have the opportunity to study the interdisciplinary relationship of theatre to other media (i.e. film, video, digital media) and other forms of artistic and creative practice (i.e. visual arts, playwriting).

The UFV Bachelor of Arts with a Theatre major prepares you to think critically, approach problems creatively, and work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions. These transferable skills are valued in the workplace and open up a variety of employment opportunities.

Minor and Extended Minor

You can also get involved in the UFV Theatre department while pursuing a major in another field. If you are curious about how theatre intersects with other disciplines in the humanities, you can complete a minor or extended minor in Theatre as part of a UFV Bachelor of Arts degree program. Combine a Theatre minor with a major in another program, such as English or History, to package a degree to your interests. The Theatre minor requires 12 lower-level credits and 16 upper-level credits, while the extended minor requires 15 lower-level credits and 20 upper-level credits.


With the recent launch of a provincial strategy to help grow the arts and culture sector in British Columbia, opportunities and initiatives are expected to both expand and diversify, notably in the area of gaming, digital and interactive media, film, and video. In fact, the British Columbia Labour Market Outlook cites occupations in Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport as one of the three groups expected to experience the strongest growth in B.C.

In addition to acting roles in live theatre and film, jobs also exist in related areas such as stage management, set or costume design, event promotion, lighting or sound management, scriptwriting, stunt coordination, fundraising, commercial video or digital media productions, and more.

Theatre graduates have also been known to leverage their team building, leadership, project management, and presentation skills in other professions, such as business, law, journalism, teaching, education, and tourism.



This program is open for international students


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UFV's Theatre department has been an amazing catalyst for growth. When I started in the theatre program, acting was my first love. But I got to try directing and designing, which now have an enormous place in my heart. Sometimes you don’t know what you love about theatre until you get the chance to try it — at UFV, anything is possible.

  • – Natasha Purnell
  •    UFV Theatre student

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