The B.F.A. programs are intended for students who wish to acquire a thorough knowledge of one of the performance-oriented areas of theatre as part of their general education and for those who wish to prepare for graduate schools or conservatories in areas of acting or design.


Area 1: Acting - concerned with the practice of acting in various media.

Area 2: Design - concerned with the practice of scenic, lighting, and costume design for the stage.


1. Admission

Students interested in entering the B.F.A. program in Drama should contact the Department of Drama no later than the end of their first year. By that time, students should have completed as many of ENG 112, and DRAM 110, DRAM 113, DRAM 118, and DRAM 119 as possible. Formal admission to the B.F.A. program should be made on an Application for Honours form available at the Undergraduate Student Office. In order to qualify for admission, students must have obtained a Cumulative Weighted Average of at least 70% overall and a Cumulative Weighted Average of 70% in all drama courses taken.

2. Pre-B.F.A. Program

The recommended Pre-B.F.A. year: two of DRAM 110, DRAM 113, DRAM 210, DRAM 213; DRAM 118 and DRAM 119; ENG 112 and 3 additional credit units of 100-level ENG; and nine credit units selected from requirements 1 to 5 of Program Type D: Fine Arts.

Note: It is strongly recommended that all potential Drama B.F.A. students take ENG 112 and 3 additional credit units of 100-level ENG and that potential design students also take ARTH 120 and ARTH 121.

3. Academic Requirements

This degree is offered in acting or design. The degree requires four years (120 credit units) in the College of Arts & Science. The B.F.A. student is encouraged to use the electives for further work in drama. The student is also expected to attend all Department of Drama guest lectures, special performances, and workshops that are periodically scheduled. Further, a B.F.A. candidate must maintain a Cumulative Weighted Average of 70% overall and a Cumulative Weighted Average of 70% on all Drama courses.

No more than 6 credit units from one subject may be used to meet Requirements F1 to F5.

F1 Basic Fine Arts Requirement (12 credit units)

  • DRAM 110.3
  • DRAM 113.3

Choose 6 credit units from the following:

  • ART 110.3
  • ART 111.3
  • ART 112.6
  • ART 136.3
  • ART 141.3
  • ART 151.3
  • ART 152.3
  • ART 161.3
  • ARTH 120.3
  • ARTH 121.3
  • MUS 101.3
  • MUS 105.3
  • MUS 111.3
  • MUS 120.2
  • MUS 121.2
  • MUS 125.1
  • MUS 133.3
  • MUS 134.3
  • MUS 150.3
  • MUS 151.3
  • MUS 175.3
  • MUS 184.3

  • Any senior-level fine arts course provided that the prerequisite is met.

F2 Humanities Requirement (6 credit units)

  • ARBC 114.3
  • ARBC 117.3
  • CHIN 114.3
  • CHIN 117.3
  • CLAS 110.3
  • CLAS 111.3
  • CMRS 110.3
  • CMRS 111.3
  • CREE 101.6
  • CREE 110.3
  • ENG 110.6
  • ENG 111.3
  • ENG 112.3
  • ENG 113.3
  • ENG 114.3
  • ENG 120.3
  • ESL 115.3
  • ESL 116.3
  • FREN 103.3
  • FREN 106.3
  • FREN 122.3
  • FREN 125.3
  • FREN 218.3
  • GERM 114.3
  • GERM 117.3
  • GRK 112.3
  • GRK 113.3
  • HEB 114.3
  • HEB 117.3
  • HIST 115.3
  • HIST 125.3
  • HIST 135.3
  • HIST 145.3
  • HIST 155.3
  • HIST 165.3
  • HIST 175.3
  • HIST 185.3
  • HIST 193.3
  • HIST 194.3
  • HNDI 114.3
  • HNDI 117.3
  • JPNS 114.3
  • JPNS 117.3
  • LATN 112.3
  • LATN 113.3
  • LING 110.3
  • LING 113.3
  • LIT 110.3
  • LIT 111.3
  • MUS 111.3
  • PHIL 110.6
  • PHIL 115.3
  • PHIL 120.3
  • PHIL 121.3
  • PHIL 133.3
  • PHIL 140.3
  • RLST 111.3
  • RLST 112.3
  • RLST 113.3
  • RUSS 114.3
  • RUSS 117.3
  • SNSK 114.3
  • SNSK 117.3
  • SPAN 114.3
  • SPAN 117.3
  • UKR 114.3
  • UKR 117.3
  • WGST 112.3

  • Any senior-level humanities course provided that the prerequisite is met and not more than 6 credit units in one subject are used for the Humanities or Languages Requirements.
  • Certain WGST courses may be considered a Humanities and/or Social Science. Refer to the course descriptions.
  • CLAS 101, CLAS 103, CLAS 104, CLAS 105, CLAS 107 and CLAS 203 may not be used to fulfill the Humanities requirement.

F3 Science Requirement (6 credit units)

  • ASTR 102.3
  • ASTR 104.3
  • ASTR 113.3
  • BIOL 107.6
  • BIOL 120.3
  • BIOL 121.3
  • CHEM 112.3
  • CHEM 115.3
  • CMPT 100.3
  • CMPT 120.3
  • CMPT 140.3
  • CMPT 141.3
  • CMPT 145.3
  • GEOG 120.3
  • GEOG 125.3
  • GEOL 108.3
  • GEOL 109.3
  • GEOL 121.3
  • GEOL 122.3
  • MATH 104.3
  • MATH 110.3
  • MATH 116.3
  • MATH 121.3
  • MATH 125.3
  • MATH 128.3
  • MATH 163.3
  • MATH 164.3
  • MATH 176.3
  • MATH 177.3
  • PHYS 115.3
  • PHYS 117.3 or PHYS 125.3
  • STAT 103.3

  • Any senior-level science course provided the prerequisite is met.
  • MATH 102 and STAT 244 may not be used to meet the Science Requirement.

F4 Language Requirement (6 credit units)

  • ENG 110.6; or ENG 112.3 and one of ENG 111.3, ENG 113.3, ENG 114.3, ENG 120.3

F5 Social Science Requirement (6 credit units)

  • ANTH 111.3
  • ARCH 112.3
  • ARCH 116.3
  • ECON 111.3
  • ECON 114.3
  • GEOG 130.3
  • GEOG 150.3
  • HLST 110.3
  • INDG 107.3
  • IS 110.3
  • LING 111.3
  • LING 112.3
  • LING 113.3
  • POLS 111.3
  • POLS 112.3
  • PSY 120.3
  • PSY 121.3
  • SOC 111.3
  • SOC 112.3
  • WGST 112.3

  • Any senior-level social science course provided that the prerequisite is met and not more than 6 credit units in one subject are used for the Social Science Requirement.
  • Statistics courses in social sciences are not accepted for credit toward the Social Science Requirement (e.g. ECON 204, PSY 233, PSY 234, SOC 225 and SOC 325).
  • Certain WGST courses may be considered a Humanities and/or Social Science. Refer to the course descriptions.

F6 Major Requirement (57 - 63 credit units)

Area 1: Acting (63 credit units)

  • DRAM 118.3
  • DRAM 119.3
  • DRAM 203.3
  • DRAM 204.3
  • DRAM 210.3
  • DRAM 213.3
  • DRAM 218.3
  • DRAM 219.3
  • DRAM 318.3
  • DRAM 319.3
  • DRAM 362.3
  • DRAM 363.3
  • DRAM 366.3
  • DRAM 367.3
  • DRAM 418.3
  • DRAM 419.3
  • DRAM 462.3
  • DRAM 463.3
  • DRAM 466.3
  • DRAM 467.3

Choose 3 credit units from the following:

  • DRAM 303.3
  • DRAM 304.3
  • DRAM 309.3
  • DRAM 401.3
  • DRAM 402.3

Area 2: Design (57 credit units)

  • DRAM 118.3
  • DRAM 119.3
  • DRAM 203.3
  • DRAM 204.3
  • DRAM 210.3
  • DRAM 213.3
  • DRAM 220.3
  • DRAM 221.3
  • DRAM 309.3
  • DRAM 320.3 and DRAM 321.3
  • DRAM 401.3
  • DRAM 402.3
  • DRAM 420.3
  • DRAM 421.3

Choose 12 credit units from the following:

  • ART 111.6
  • ART 112.6
  • ART 161.3
  • ART 211.6
  • ART 212.6
  • ART 216.6
  • ARTH 120.3
  • ARTH 121.3

F7 Electives Requirement (21 - 27 credit units)

Arts and Science courses, or those from other Colleges which have been approved for Arts and Science credit, to complete the requirements for 120 credit unit B.F.A. program. B.F.A. students are encouraged to use these electives for further Drama credit. Of the 120 credit units required at least 66 must be at the 200-level or higher.

Recommended Sequence of Courses - Acting

Year 1

  • 3 credit units 100-level ENG
  • DRAM 110.3
  • DRAM 113.3
  • DRAM 118.3
  • DRAM 119.3
  • ENG 112.3

Year 2

  • DRAM 203.3
  • DRAM 210.3
  • DRAM 213.3
  • DRAM 218.3
  • DRAM 219.3

Year 3

  • DRAM 204.3
  • DRAM 318.3
  • DRAM 319.3
  • DRAM 362.3
  • DRAM 363.3
  • DRAM 366.3
  • DRAM 367.3

Year 4

  • DRAM 303.3 or DRAM 304.3 or DRAM 309.3 or DRAM 401.3 or DRAM 402.3
  • DRAM 418.3
  • DRAM 419.3
  • DRAM 462.3
  • DRAM 463.3
  • DRAM 466.3
  • DRAM 467.3

Recommended Sequence of Courses - Design

Year 1

  • 3 credit units 100-level ENG
  • DRAM 110.3
  • DRAM 113.3
  • DRAM 118.3
  • ENG 112.3

Year 2

  • DRAM 119.3
  • DRAM 203.3
  • DRAM 210.3
  • DRAM 213.3
  • DRAM 220.3
  • DRAM 221.3

Choose 6 credit units from the following:

  • ART 111.6
  • ART 112.6
  • ART 161.3
  • ART 211.6
  • ART 212.6
  • ART 216.3
  • ARTH 120.3
  • ARTH 121.3

Year 3

  • 6 credit units in DRAM electives
  • DRAM 204.3
  • DRAM 309.3
  • DRAM 320.3 and DRAM 321.3

Choose 6 credit units from the following:

  • ART 111.6
  • ART 112.6
  • ART 161.3
  • ART 211.6
  • ART 212.6
  • ART 216.6
  • ARTH 120.3
  • ARTH 121.3

Year 4

  • 6 credit units in DRAM electives
  • 6 credit units in Fine Art electives
  • DRAM 401.3
  • DRAM 402.3
  • DRAM 420.3 and DRAM 421.3