How to Apply and FAQs

How To Apply and Admission Requirements:

  • Request an Audition (download form here) and submit form with supporting materials by January 31.
  • If you are not currently a U of A student, you do not have to "officially" apply to the U of A unless you are offered a spot in the program.
Download the Academic Requirements Info Sheet (PDF, 162KB) and Audition Info Sheet (PDF, 145KB) for more details.

Audition FAQs:

I have questions or concerns about the auditions. Who can I contact?

Contact Connie Golden, Undergraduate Advisor at 780.492.8710 or at connie.golden@ualberta.ca.

What if I can’t make it on the scheduled dates?  What if I can’t come for a callback?

If you have extenuating circumstances contact Connie Golden, Undergraduate Advisor at connie.golden@ualberta.ca or at 780.492.8710 as soon as possible, and we will try our best to make different arrangements.  However, special requests are not guaranteed.  

I’ve chosen Edmonton as my audition city, but I need to fly or drive 5 hrs+ to get to Edmonton. When do I audition and come for callbacks?

Applicants who select Edmonton as their audition city and who live more than a 5 hour drive from Edmonton, will audition their first and only time, during the Edmonton callback time slots. Contact Connie Golden, Undergraduate Advisor at connie.golden@ualberta.ca or 780.492.8710 when you apply online.

Will all cities have callbacks?

In-person callbacks take place in Edmonton only.  Auditions in other cities will be recorded and reviewed by the audition committee. (i.e. if you audition in Vancouver you will audition only once – no callback).

How do I know if I am selected for a callback?

Once all the in-person auditions are completed the committee meets and makes their selections on who they want to see again.  You will be notified by email and/or phone.  

Is there a group audition? Group callback?

Auditions are individual. Callbacks have a group session in the morning, followed by individual sessions.

What should I bring to the audition?

Bring a water bottle and your music for your singing and movement pieces (CD player will be provided – ipod dock guaranteed in Edmonton only).  Dress so that you can move comfortably – do not wear clothes that are very baggy or very revealing.

Do you have a list of monologues to choose from?

No. We encourage you to select monologues that you feel best demonstrate your abilities.  Not sure what to pick? Start with an internet search or speak to one of your drama teachers or professors.

What is a letter of intent?

It is a way for the selection committee to better understand why you are pursuing professional acting training – what you want to get out of the program, what you will bring to the program, etc. Recommended length is approximately 1 page, single spaced (or 2 pages double-spaced).

Is there a reference letter form or template?

No. Your referees can write whatever/however they choose.

Who should the letters of reference and letter of intent be addressed to?

Please have these letters addressed to The BFA Acting Selection Committee.

How many students are admitted?

A maximum of 12 students are admitted each year. Normally we take 6 men and 6 women.

When are the final selections made?

Offers are made by the end of March. Waiting list spots for 4-6 students are also offered at this time. 

I’m on the waiting list, what are my chances of getting into the program?  When will I know?

This depends if all 12 students accept their offer, if anyone declines, or if anyone is refused (due to academics). If you are on the waiting list you could be offered a spot right away, throughout the summer, or not at all.  It is very important that waiting listed students apply to the UofA by May 1.  If you are offered a spot after this deadline, but have not applied to the UofA, you will not be eligible to accept the offer.