How to Apply and Admission Requirements

(Download the BFA Theatre Design Info Sheet (PDF, 231 KB) for printable version)

Selection Process:

It is a 2-step process. You must meet both the Academic Requirements and Artistic Requirements.

Academic requirements are assessed by the Faculty of Arts.  Artistic requirements are based on interviews and a review of portfolio and additional materials.

How to Apply & Deadlines:

  • Apply online to the UofA  (Deadline May 1)
    • Remember to list all of the grade 12 and grade 11 classes you are taking along with final grades.  The Faculty of Arts will use these grades to calculate your early admission average.

High School Academic Admission Requirements:

All requirements are listed as Alberta courses – see provincial equivalents here: www.admissions.ualberta.ca/requirements/provincial-equivalents.aspx

  • You need five (5), 30-level (grade 12) classes (5 credits)
  • Of these five classes, no mark can be below 50%
  • You must have English Language Arts 30-1
  • You must have four (4) other classes from Groups A, B or C.
    • Such as: Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Physics 30, Science 30, Mathematics 31, Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2, Computing Science ADV (CTS – 5 credits), Social Studies 30-1, 30-level language other than English, additional 30-level language other than English, one (1) Fine Arts subject.
    • Search for specific programs and complete course listings 

Example of classes used for admission:


English 30-1 *req’d


Drama 30 or Performing Arts 35 or Technical Theatre 35 or Art 30


Biology 30


Social 30


French 30

IB and AP course work: Visit Admissions Information for more information at www.admissions.ualberta.ca/AP-IB.aspx

Transfer Academic Admission Requirements:

You must meet the academic entrance requirements listed above for high school students and present an Admission Grade Point Average (AGPA) of 2.3 out of 4.0.  Applicants who lack the minimum average of five required high school courses will not be considered until they have successfully completed 24 credits transferable to the BA program.  Transfer credit may be granted for coursework completed at a recognized postsecondary institution and a minimum final grade of C- must be presented. 

International Academic Admission Requirements:

Information is available online through the UofA’s International site: www.studyincanada.ualberta.ca

Portfolio and Additional Materials:

Submit the following additional materials (postmarked by April 1 – early applications are strongly encouraged):

  • Printed and completed Request for Interview form
  • Portfolio
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Letter of intent
  • List of grade 12 and grade 11 classes with final/interim marks and unofficial post-secondary transcript(s) (if applicable)
  • Resume


Submit all additional materials directly to DRAMA (additional materials may be dropped off in person, mailed or couriered):


Connie Golden, Undergraduate Advisor

Department of Drama

3-146 Fine Arts Bldg

University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB  T6G 2C9


Artistic Requirements – Portfolio and Interview:

• Entrance to this program is competitive, with a maximum of 6 spots in each incoming class
• Portfolios are reviewed as they are received to start the program in September
• Artistic assessments are based on a review of your design portfolio and additional supporting materials as well as an interview
• You must demonstrate your creative skills as well as your commitment to undertake the program
• You must have a successful portfolio review AND meet the academic requirements to be offered a spot in the program
• See our tips for building your portfolio



Interviews will be scheduled once your additional materials have been received and will start as early as February (that’s why early applications are strongly encouraged).  Interviews will be conducted in person (if you live in the Edmonton area) or over the phone/skype.