Explore the fundamentals of theatre arts and develop the self-confidence and poise needed to succeed in any endeavour.
Earning a two-year Associate of Arts degree with a specialization in Theatre enables you to view the world from multiple perspectives, develop your artistic talent, and gain collaboration, critical-thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills. You also learn to work under pressure, solve problems on the fly, and manage projects on time and on budget. All these skills are highly valued in any workplace, both inside and outside the performing arts.
UFV provides small class sizes, where you get to interact closely with experienced theatre professionals who support you as your develop your craft.
Right from the start, you can participate in UFV theatre productions, gaining practical experience on stage or behind the scenes. Students work in all areas of theatre, in roles including actor, assistant stage manager, set crew, running crew, dresser, lighting operator, sound operator, or projections operator.
When you graduate, you are halfway to earning a Bachelor of Arts. You can also opt to transfer to another institution, apply to a professional theatre training school, or seek employment.
The B.C. 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.
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. The UFV Associate of Arts is a useful addition to your résumé, as many employers require successful completion of two years of post-secondary education for entry-level positions.