Feb 23, 2024  
University of Alberta Calendar 2023-2024 
University of Alberta Calendar 2023-2024

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama

General Information

The Department of Drama offers a program leading to the Degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama.

Tuition Deposit

In addition to the specific admission requirements, a nonrefundable deposit toward tuition fees, on official notification of acceptance, will be required of successful applicants.

Program Requirements for BFA in Drama

Students must successfully complete the specialization in Acting or Production. 

There are three routes in the BFA in Drama (Production): Design, Stage Management and Technical Production.

The following are the required courses in recommended sequence:


  1. To be promoted to the next year, students will normally need a minimum grade point average of 2.3 and Departmental recommendation.
  2. Departmental recommendation for promotion may be withheld when a student receives a grade of less than B- in any of the following required courses in their respective program
  3. A student failing to receive Departmental recommendation for promotion at the end of any term of the second or third year, or failing to achieve a minimum GPA of 2.3 at the end of any Fall/Winter, may be required by the Faculty of Arts to withdraw from the BFA in Drama program immediately. Students who are required to withdraw may apply for transfer to another program in the Faculty if entrance requirements for the chosen program are met.
  4. Final-year requirements include a minimum grade point average of 2.3 and Departmental recommendation.
  5. Students who fail to meet the final year requirements in the program will be permitted to fulfil this requirement only with the approval of the Dean of Arts on the recommendation of the Department; otherwise, they must withdraw from the program and may apply for transfer to another program in the Faculty.
  6. A Bachelor of Fine Arts program may be interrupted only with Departmental consent.

Residence Requirement

Students must complete the BFA in Drama (Acting) or a BFA in Drama (Production) program as full-time students, in a full course load, at the University of Alberta.

Academic Performance

  1. To qualify for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama, students must have successfully completed the curriculum for the chosen area of specialization; have met all promotion, continuation, final year, and residence requirements; and receive the recommendation of the department.
  2. For the degree of BFA With Distinction, candidates are required to carry a full course load in each of the last two years and obtain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher over those last two years. Students who have taken part of their program at another university may be granted a degree “With Distinction” at the discretion of the Faculty.