Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
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What you will learn in this program
Drama scholars ask questions such as: Which elements are unique to the musical? How do dramaturges enhance a production? Did William Shakespeare write all the plays that bear his name?
Drama and theatre provide the means not only to reconstruct the world as it is, but also to model human possibilities. In this program you'll enhance your understanding of drama by participating in productions, interacting with professionals, and acquiring practical and theoretical foundations that will help you build a solid career. During the course of your studies you'll gain creative thinking skills, research and analytical capabilities, written and verbal communication skills, as well as rigorous practical and theoretical training in drama.
As a Drama graduate, you'll be prepared for career opportunities in areas such as entertainment, the civil service, and the non-profit sector. An Arts degree can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or another professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or education.
Courses you'll take:
History of the Theatre: Origins to the Mid-Eighteenth Century, Introduction to Scenography, Playwriting; Directing, Design and Dramaturgy
Admission requirements and information
Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.
Arts and Science Honours Academy (ASHA) - A six-course interdisciplinary program with a second language aspect and travel components.
Internship experience - Gain valuable full-time paid work experience through a 12-16 month placement.
The study of drama is older than almost every field of study and yet it continually adapts to the new technologies, ideas and practices. UCalgary is the place to be. It is old enough to be wise and young enough to be nimble. In my section, we are working on a brand new unit that blends the best of traditional scholarship with the best of artistic practice. It is an exciting time to be here and students should join us for the adventure.
Patrick Finn, PhD — Associate Professor
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Drama has a variety of course options and extracurricular activities. Teaching is excellent; every professor contributes something different and they’re always interested in guiding you outside of class time or offering extra exercises. Many professors have connections outside the university and are willing to provide students with extra opportunities, tools and networking. The results: looking at a call board after auditioning and seeing my name beside one of the characters!
Fatima Z., drama student
Join our community in fall 2019
We'll be accepting applications to attend the University of Calgary in fall 2019 starting on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. You'll be able to submit an application until Friday, March 1, 2019. Check out our student experience page to find out more about what life is like on campus or consider visiting campus for a tour led by one of our current students.