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University of Calgary Calendar 2023-2024 Faculty of Arts 4. Program Details 4.12 Creative and Performing Arts
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Baccalaureate Degrees Offered


Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Dance
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance
Combined Bachelor of Kinesiology (Kinesiology)/BA in Dance
Concurrent BA in Dance (with a Concentration in Dance Pedagogy)/Bachelor of Education


  • A Minor is offered in Dance


Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Drama
Concurrent BFA in Drama Education/Bachelor of Education


  • A Minor is offered in Drama.


Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Music
BA Honours in Music
Bachelor of Music (BMus) in Performance, Composition, or Integrated Studies
Concurrent BMus in Music Education/Bachelor of Education


  • Minors in Music and Sonic Arts are also offered. The Minor in Sonic Arts is under review. No new admissions will be permitted.
  • A Concentration in Sonic Arts is available in the BMus and BA (Music).

The School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) provides both rigorous and distinct disciplinary programs and uncommon opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration. Hosting programs in Dance, Drama and Music, the SCPA provides students a range of options for specialization and innovation, both within and across its participating divisions.

Dance provides a four-year BA (Dance) degree and a four-year BFA (Dance) degree that explores dance from multiple perspectives, as well as a five-year combined BKIN/BA degree that highlights the relationships between the sciences, arts and humanities and a five-year Concurrent Program with the Werklund School of Education that combines a Bachelor of Education with a BA Dance with a concentration in Dance Pedagogy. Students delve into choreography, performance, technique, improvisation, dance for the camera, dance science, global dance, history, and theory in order to understand the place of dance in the twenty-first century. From ballet to contact improvisation, hip hop to contemporary, dance at the University of Calgary helps students gain in-depth experience as well as a broad understanding of a range of cultural forms. With emphasis on both practice and analysis, our program is designed to prepare graduates for careers in professional performance, choreography, scholarship, and education, as well as further dance study in graduate programs.

Drama offers a four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree comprised of a broad curriculum including: acting, directing, scenography, playwriting, performance creation, drama education, theatre history and dramatic literature and criticism. The program allows the student to tailor their degree to their interests and their desired career path. Drama also offers a five-year concurrent BFA/BED degree with the Werklund School of Education. Many of our courses are available to non-Drama students and can contribute to an elective requirement.

Music offers a four-year Bachelor of Music (BMus) Degree that is designed for students wishing to enter a professional career in music, as performers, teachers, composers, sound designers, theorists, historians or musicologists. The BMus degree provides the opportunity for students to Major in Performance, Composition or Integrated Studies. In addition there is a major in Music Education that is available in the context of a five-year concurrent BMus/Bachelor of Education degree for students wishing to pursue the Secondary Route. Students wishing to pursue the Elementary Route should complete a BA Music/Bachelor of Education degree. All BMus programs have a common first year.

Music also offers four-year programs leading to Bachelor of Arts (Music) and Honours Bachelor of Arts (Music) degrees for the student who wishes to pursue a general liberal arts education with an emphasis on Music. It is an ideal degree for students who are interested in music but may wish to pursue careers in law, medicine, arts administration, media studies, elementary education, digital arts, and so on. In addition to music courses, BA (Music) students have the flexibility to take a large number of courses outside of the field of Music, allowing them to create degree plans that cater to their individual interests and needs.

In addition to the three discipline-specific divisions, the School of Creative and Performing Arts provides unique opportunities for interdisciplinary instruction and collaboration. Specifically, there is one interdisciplinary course required of all students enrolled in a major program in SCPA. This course provides both theoretical and practical instruction in interdisciplinary exchange and creative process. Beyond this required course SCPA students enjoy a wide range of special topics electives and extra-curricular opportunities that explore a variety of interdisciplinary practices and subject material.

Contact Information

School of Creative and Performing Arts Office: Craigie Hall D100

For Program Advice

Students should consult an undergraduate program advisor in the Arts Students’ Centre for information and advice on their overall program requirements. Advising contact information can be found online:


Prospective students wishing to enter any of the programs in the School of Creative and Performing Arts must meet the criteria listed in section A.5 Undergraduate Admission Requirements of this Calendar. The application deadline is March 1.

Several of our programs require additional materials such as an audition and/or a statement of intent. These requirements are noted below.

Admission to the BA, BA/BEd, BFA and BKin/BA in Dance

Applicants to the BA Dance, BA Dance (with a Concentration in Dance Pedagogy)/BEd, BFA Dance and BKin/BA Dance combined degree programs will be assessed on the basis of a dance audition and an Entrance Audition Form. For information about the Entrance Audition Form and application deadlines, refer to the BA/BFA Dance Entrance Auditions website:

Applicants to the BKin/BA Dance combined degree program must meet the admissions requirements for both the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Kinesiology (see A.5 Undergraduate Admission Requirements).

Applicants to the BA Dance (Dance Pedagogy concentration)/BEd concurrent degree must meet the admissions requirements for both the Faculty of Arts and the Werklund School of Education (see A.5 Undergraduate Admission Requirements).

Dance Audition

After submitting an Admission Application to the University of Calgary Admissions Office and an Entrance Audition Form to the Division of Dance by the deadlines, all applicants will be expected to audition.

Auditions are conducted by the Dance Committee and are held on the University of Calgary campus in March. During the audition, applicants will be required to participate in dance classes, written assignments and improvisation.

It is strongly suggested that applicants audition in person. Applicants who are unable to audition in person must submit a video audition by the deadline. Refer to the SCPA Audition website for further information and requirements for video auditions.

Admission to the BFA in Drama

An audition is not required for admission to the program.

Admission to the BA in Music

While not required for admission completion of Royal Conservatory Level 8 Theory (formerly Advanced Rudiments) or the Division music theory diagnostic exam is required for registration in certain required music courses. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete this requirement prior to beginning the BA Music program.

Admission to the BA Honours Music

Students wishing to be considered for admission into the BA Honours (Music) Program must have completed at least 30 units in the BA (Music) Program and must meet the criteria established by the Faculty of Arts in section 3.3.2 Honours Degrees. Students wishing to apply to an Honours program must apply through their Student Centre for a change of program to Honours by February 1.

Admission to BMus Degrees

Admission requires evidence of successful completion of Royal Conservatory Level 8 Theory (formerly Advanced Rudiments) or the Division music theory diagnostic exam.

Admission to BMus Programs is also contingent on an audition and interview where applicants are assessed not only on actual performance, but also on talent, potential, and musicality.

Audition Dates

Auditions typically occur in late February and/or early March.

More information, deadlines and audition forms are available on the Admission Requirements and Auditions section of the Music Undergraduate page:

BMus applicants who do not wish to audition in person may submit a video audition. If a recording is submitted, the student may be required to perform a live audition upon arrival. The recording should consist of approximately 10 minutes of music and conform to the requirements for auditions given above. The recording should have been made not more than two months prior to submission, should be of good quality and should be solo or solo with accompaniment. More information and deadlines for the receipt of video or are on the Admission Requirements and Auditions section of the Music Undergraduate

Audition Requirements

Applicants should be prepared to perform two pieces (except for piano and voice, who should be prepared to perform three pieces), each from a different style period; singers and instrumentalists must provide their own accompanist. Applicants should be prepared to perform for approximately 10 minutes; in addition, they will be asked to sight-read a short piece of music appropriate to their instrument or voice.

Applicants audition on the instrument of their choice or in voice. Those who would like to audition on two instruments may do so. The jury will determine which instrument (or voice) will become the major when the applicant is admitted to a Music program.

Previously accepted students who have not been enrolled in a performance practicum course for a year or more may be required to re-audition in order to determine if the previous level of attainment has been maintained.


As an indication of the level for admission to Music, the following guidelines should be noted:

  • Pianists and vocalists should be prepared to perform repertoire at the Grade X level.
  • All others should be prepared to perform repertoire at the Grade VIII level. Students who have not reached the Grade VIII level, but who have a serious interest in a career in music, are encouraged to apply and to audition at the level of performance they have reached. Suggested audition repertoire guidelines are available on the Admission Requirements and Auditions section of the Music Undergraduate page:
Bachelor of Music (BMus) - Major Fields of Specialization

Bachelor of Music students take a common first-year program of study and then select one of the following Major Fields of specialization:

  • Composition
  • Integrated Studies
  • Performance

Admission to each Major is conditional on:

  1. The completion of Music 213, 214, 221, 223, 225, and 230 or 232 with an average of "B-" (2.70) or better in those courses.
  2. Grades of "B" (3.00) or better in courses in their area: Composition or Performance.
  3. Approval of the Division Lead.

In order to continue in Performance, students must earn an average grade of “B-“ or better in courses in that area of specialization in each academic year. Student who do not achieve this average will be required to choose a different field of specialization.

Music Students: Keyboard Proficiency Tests

Music has a required minimum level of keyboard proficiency, which all Bachelor of Music students must achieve in order to graduate. Applicants who have never played a keyboard instrument, or whose proficiency does not meet the required level, will be advised to take remedial work in keyboard, either through the Music Division or privately.

Fields of Study
Courses Constituting the Field of Dance
  • All courses labelled Dance (DNCE).

While Dance majors may take Dance 201, 205, 206, 211 and/or 221, these courses will not count toward the minimum major field requirements.

Courses Constituting the Field of Drama
  • All courses labelled Drama (DRAM).

Drama 203, 205 and/or 358 will not count toward the minimum major or minor field requirements.

The following listing is provided to assist students in their selection of related groups of Drama courses:

Acting and Directing
209, 210, 309, 312, 316, 318, 409, 411, 412, 413, 416, 418, 509, 511, 512, 513

Design and Technical
223, 225, 313, 317, 319, 320, 321, 381, 419, 423, 481, 517

Theatre Studies
242, 243, 345, 346, 347, 348, 355, 455, 483, 573

Theatre for Young Audiences and Performance Creation
365, 367, 368, 468, 568

Senior Option Courses
371, 382, 471, 571, 574

Practicum Courses
391, 393, 491, 493

Courses Constituting the Field of Music

Courses Designed for Non-Music Majors*: Music 203, 209, 306, 307, 308, 309**, and all ensembles under Music Performance (MUPF).

*Music majors and Music minors may not count Music 209 and 309 toward their degree requirements.

*BMUS students may count a maximum of 6 units from Music 306, 307, 308 toward their degree requirements.

**Students in the Sonic Arts minor may count Music 309 towards their degree requirements.

Music Theory and Musicianship: Music 213, 214, 225, 313, 325, 329, 415, 417, 511, 513.

Performance: Music 221, 223, 321, 323, 327, 421, 423, 427, 429, 462, 521, 523, 525, 527, 562, all courses labelled Music Performance (MUPF).

Music History and Literature: Music 230, 232, 330, 332, 531, 533, 535.

Composition: Music 341, 343, 441, 443, 445, 447.

Sonic Arts: Music 255, 351, 355, 451, 453, 551, 552.

Music Education: All courses labelled Music Education (MUED).

Music Ensemble: All courses labelled Music Performance (MUPF).