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Theatre Arts diploma

UCFV offers a two-year, 60 credit program (including practical skill development courses and university transfer courses) leading to a diploma in theatre. The program prepares students for a life-long enjoyment of the theatre. Graduates are qualified to seek entry into professional training schools, transfer to university degree programs, or pursue involvement in community theatre. Exceptional students may be qualified to seek professional work upon graduation.


The majority of courses in the Theatre Arts diploma program are transferable. Consult the B.C. Provincial Transfer Guide at for details. Students who plan to continue their education at another post-secondary institution should make themselves fully aware of its requirements, particularly when choosing electives. Consult the program head, this calendar, the B.C. Provincial Transfer Guide, and a UCFV education advisor for advice.

Entrance requirements

B.C. Secondary school graduation or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older before classes begin. Students with university-level credit must have a grade point average of 2.0 on all credits attempted.

Note: While the Composition Placement Test (CPT) is not necessary to apply to this program, it is one way to meet the prerequisite for ENGL 105, one of the required program courses. Students who intend to take the CPT are advised to register for the CPT well before they plan to register for ENGL 105.

Students who do not meet these requirements might consider the Arts Studies program path.

How to apply

1. Submit the application fee along with your UCFV application for admission form to the Admissions and Records (A&R) office. Application forms are available from any A&R or Student Services office. You can also print an application form from our website at, or you can apply directly through the internet at See the Program Charts for a complete list of application dates and general information.

Additional documents required for a complete application:
• proof of B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent
• transcripts (or interim transcripts) showing grade/course achievement as per entrance requirements.

2. Students who have attended a post-secondary institution must submit an official transcript (sealed envelope) for each institution attended, whether or not they have completed courses there. If transcripts are being sent directly from the institution(s) attended, please indicate they are on order. To retain your original application date, order early so transcripts arrive within two weeks of the date your application is mailed or submitted.

3. Upon admission to the program you will be provided with registration information. A deposit is required when you register (see the Fees and Other Costs section). This money will be applied toward your tuition fees. Final payment of all course fees is due the end of the second week of classes.

If you meet all of the entrance requirements, but the program is full, you will be given an opportunity to register in the Arts Studies program path. Should a space become available at a later date, you will be contacted.

4. In cases where interim transcripts are submitted, an admission decision may be made conditional upon completion of academic requirements. Proof of completion of entrance requirements are due the beginning of August.

Basis for admission decision

Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.

Fees and other costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section for more information. Books and additional supplies cost approximately $100 per course. Additional costs may include theatre tours, workshop fees, art supplies, makeup, and suitable acting-class clothing.

Workload and classroom expectations

Full-time students will carry a workload of five courses per semester, either five university-level courses, or four university-level and one practicum. Each university-level course meets for three or four hours each week and requires approximately twice that time out of class, in study and preparation time. The practicums require from 60 to 200 total hours spread over approximately 10 weeks. Students must have flexibility in their scheduling to accommodate the varied time demands of the practicums. Rehearsals take place in the evenings and on weekends.

There is a definite need to learn to balance time and workload in order to succeed in the program.

Dates and locations

The normal academic year is from September to the end of April. Admission for the program is for the fall semester. Students wishing to start in January may do so by taking any course for which they have the stated prerequisites and then applying for the following September. However, they should be aware that because of timetabling and sequencing of courses they can expect to spend 2.5 years to complete the program.

It is possible to earn credits by participating in the external study tours. Contact the program head.

The Theatre department is based on the Chilliwack campus. Most courses and practicums are offered in Chilliwack; however, some courses each year are offered in Abbotsford.

Part-time students

Part-time students may enrol in any available theatre course at any time convenient to them, provided they meet the stated prerequisites. Part-time students wanting to complete the Theatre program should consult with the program head as early as possible in order to ensure they are taking the right courses in the right sequence.

Standing required for continuance

Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (CGPA).

Academic warning

Students whose grades fall below a 2.0 CGPA will be placed on Academic Warning for the next semester. A student on Academic Warning may not register in a course overload. Students who achieve a semester grade point average of 2.0 will continue on Academic Warning until the CGPA equals or exceeds 2.0

Required to withdraw

Students who do not achieve a minimum semester grade point average of 2.0 while on Academic Warning will be withdrawn from the Theatre program. A student who has been required to withdraw may continue to take courses as an Arts Studies student.

Readmission to the program

To be readmitted to the Theatre diploma, you must complete nine university-level credits (can be duplicate courses), with a minimum 2.0 CGPA. Once these criteria are met, you may apply for readmission at the Admissions and Records office. When readmitted, you will remain on Academic Warning until your overall CGPA is 2.0.


It is the student’s responsibility to ensure all program requirements are met. This should be done by regular consultation with the Theatre department head.

Diploma candidates who qualify to receive a UCFV Theatre diploma must be approved by the UCFV Arts division and the University College Board.

Students must apply for graduation by completing a Request to Graduate form available at the Admissions and Records office. We recommend this be done in the first month of the graduating semester. The final deadline for submissions is April 1, with all program requirements completed by April 30 for students wishing to attend the June convocation ceremony.

Program requirements

A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required in order to receive a diploma.

Students are required to attend an interview with the program head either prior to registration or during the first week of the first semester. Additional interviews will be scheduled to monitor individual student progress.

Acting roles in the practicum sections are obtained through audition.

Theatre students are strongly encouraged to take a high school and/or college-level language course.

Students are not required but are encouraged to take a selected reasoning course. These courses are Philosophy 100, Mathematics 104, 105, or 110.

Required courses: 36 credits

Course Title Credits
THEA 101 Introduction to Theatre 3
THEA 111 Acting I 3
THEA 112 Acting II 3
THEA 121 Introduction to Technical Theatre 3
THEA 123 Introduction to Technical Theatre II 3
THEA 199 Practicum I 3
THEA 201 History of Theatre — Major Trends and Issues of the 20th Century  
 or THEA 202 History of Theatre — Major Trends and Issues to the 19th Century 3
THEA 211 Acting III 3
THEA 212 Acting IV 3
THEA 299 Practicum II 3
ENGL 105 The Reading and Writing of Prose 3
ENGL 130 Introduction to Modern Drama 3

Elective courses: 24 credits

• All elective credits must be university transferable.
• Students planning to “ladder” the diploma into a Bachelor of Arts: Theatre minor or extended minor program should plan their electives carefully to meet the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts.
• At least three elective credits are required from each of Option 1, Option 2, or Option 3 below.
• At least three arts elective credits must be from a subject area other than Theatre, and from courses other than English 105 or 130.

Program outline

First Year

Semester I

Course Title Credits
THEA 101 Introduction to Theatre 3
THEA 111 Acting I 3
THEA 121 Introduction to Technical Theatre I 3
ENGL 105 The Reading and Writing of Prose 3
Elective Choose from Option 1, 2, or 3 (see Note) 3
Total   15

Semester II

Course Title Credits
THEA 201 History of Theatre — Major Trends and Issues of the 20th century  
 or THEA 202 History of Theatre — Major Trends and Issues to the 19th century 3
THEA 112 Acting II 3
THEA 123 Introduction to Technical Theatre II 3
ENGL 130 Introduction to Modern Drama 3
Elective Choose from Option 1, 2, or 3 (see Note) 3
Total   15

Note: Students are strongly recommended to complete a theatre practicum (THEA 199 or 299), and at least three elective credits in either the Social Sciences or Sciences during their first year of the Theatre diploma.

Second Year

Semester III

Course Title Credits
THEA 211 Acting III 3
THEA 199 Practicum I (if not taken in Semester I) 3
Elective Choose from Option 1, 2, or 3 (see Note) 3
Elective Choose from Option 1, 2, or 3 3
Elective Choose from Option 1, 2, or 3 3
Total   15

Note: ENGL 211 or ENGL 230 are strongly recommended.

Semester IV

Course Title Credits
THEA 212 Acting IV 3
THEA 299 Practicum II (if not taken in Semester II) 3
Elective Choose from Option 1, 2, or 3 (see Note 1) 3
Elective Choose from Option 1, 2, or 3 (see Note 2) 3
Elective Choose from Option 1, 2, or 3 3
Total   15–16

Note 1: THEA 201 or 202 are strongly recommended if not taken already.

Note 2: Students may take an upper-level theatre course, provided they have met the necessary prerequisites.


Must be university transferable. Students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to take a selected reasoning course chosen from PHIL 100, or MATH 104, 105, or 110.

Option 1: Social Science electives

• Anthropology
• Criminology (please contact the Arts advisor for details regarding acceptable Criminology electives)
• Economics
• Geography (except those listed under the Science elective category under Option 2)
• Latin American Studies
• Media and Communication Studies
• Political Science
• Psychology
• Sociology
• Social, Cultural, and Media Studies

Option 2: Science electives

• Biology (100-level or higher)
• Chemistry (100-level or higher)
• Computing Science
• Geography 101, 102, 201, 202
• Kinesiology and Physical Education 163 or 170
• Physics (100-level or higher)
• Psychology 202

Option 3: Arts electives

• Art History
• English
• Film
• History
• Languages
• Mathematics
• Philosophy
• Religious Studies
• Theatre
• Visual Arts


Two practica are required during the two-year program, one in each year. Students are allowed to take more than two practica, however, these additional practica must not interfere with course work. A maximum of six practicum credits will be counted towards the diploma.

All theatre courses require some production team work (usually 10 hours). Involvement in a practicum removes the production team requirement for the course in that semester except for Theatre 121 and 123 (30 hour requirement). Actors in the productions are encouraged and sometimes required to work on backstage aspects of the department shows.

Practica count for some credit towards Theatre 101, 201 and 202.

Work Study

The Theatre department participates in UCFV’s work study program. Consult the student Financial Aid department.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see course descriptions section.

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