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School of Creative Arts

Theatre — diploma



Two years

Full time
Easily transfer into to UFV BA programs

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 diploma is a 60-credit program that introduces students to all areas of theatre, including acting, technical theatre, 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 high 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 technical theatre skills, a deeper appreciation of theatre and performance, and the ability to collaborate and communicate effectively. Students can ladder into the BA Theatre Major, extended minor, or minor.


Because most jobs in the performing arts are short-term assignments, most actors, directors, and producers are self-employed. Hiring a reputable agent to represent you can help boost your success.

Mastering special skills such as dancing, singing, playing a musical instrument, acrobatics, juggling, horseback riding, sword fighting, archery, martial art, or stunt work can open additional employment opportunities.

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 production, and more.

Many theatre grads also use the communication, teamwork, and management skills they have acquired to excel in other fields such as business, public relations, advertising, hospitality, arts administration, or education.


View Theatre diploma entrance requirements in the UFV Calendar


This program is open for international students


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Email: advising@ufv.ca
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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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