Major Program

Professor Yasmine Kandil rehearsing with students.
Professor Yasmine Kandil rehearses with students for SETYA, part of the Staging Equality series. Photo credit: Megan Farrell.

Theatre major (BFA)

This four-year program introduces students to a broad foundation of various theatre arts in their first year with the option of concentrating in one of several areas within the Theatre major, or students can follow a Self-Directed Focus that will accommodate a diversity of interests. 

To graduate with a BFA in Theatre, students must complete 60 units of course work, of which at least 36 units must be in Theatre and no fewer than 15 units must be outside electives. The one exception to this requirement is the Performance Focus. This program requires no fewer than 12 units of outside electives. At the upper-level, students must take at least 21 units, 15 of which must be in Theatre.

Majors must also meet minimum university and faculty degree requirements for graduation.

Students in specific focus areas (with the exception of the Self-Directed) must maintain an average GPA of 6.0 (B+) in Theatre courses to be admitted and advanced. Follow the links for focus area descriptions or visit the UVic Academic Calendar to see course requirements for each focus area.

For those students that entered prior to September 2024, go to this achive academic calendar link.

Areas of focus

  • Acting
  • Design
  • Performance
  • Production and Management

Honours in theatre history (BA)

Students interested in Theatre History are able to declare the Honours program with third-year standing (27 units completed) and 7.5 units in Theatre completed with a GPA of 6.0 (B+) or better in Theatre History courses. Please visit the UVic Academic Calendar for course requirements for this degree program.

Double majors with theatre

Students may elect to complete the Theatre Major as part of a Double Major program or a Joint Honours and Major Program (within Fine Arts or as an Interfaculty program). Applicants from high school pursuing a Double Major should apply to Theatre directly and then request to declare their second program with the Fine Arts Academic Advisor when first year is completed. Continuing UVic students registered in other programs intending to apply to Theatre should consult both their faculty academic advising office and the Fine Arts Academic Advisor well in advance of the January 31 application deadline.