Academic Calendar Winter/Summer 2019


Theatre diploma

The Theatre diploma is a 60-credit program that introduces students to all areas of theatre, including acting, stagecraft, and performance studies. All students enrolled in the diploma gain applied, practical experience by working on UFV Theatre productions.

The Theatre diploma is for anyone interested in learning more about theatre, the performing arts, or performance studies. It is suitable for people from a wide range of backgrounds, including direct-entry from high school, international students, mature students, adults who wish to access life-long learning opportunities, and Indigenous students. Applicants do not need to have theatre experience.

Students graduate from the Theatre diploma with enhanced performance and stagecraft skills, a deep appreciation of theatre and performance, and the ability to collaborate and communicate effectively. Program learning outcomes are available on the Theatre department website,

Entrance requirements

  1. B.C. Secondary school graduation or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older before classes begin.
  2. Students with university-level credit must have a grade point average of 2.00 on all credits attempted. Transcripts must be submitted to substantiate this.
  3. Applicants must meet the Degree/diploma level English language proficiency requirement. For details on how this requirement may be met, see the English language proficiency requirement section of the calendar.

Students who do not meet these requirements might consider Qualifying Studies.

When to apply

Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall and Winter semesters For application deadlines, see Specific intake application process.

How to apply

1. Apply online at

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. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to UFV from the originating institution; see the Transfer Credit section for details. 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 applicants will be provided with registration information. A deposit is required prior to registration (see the Fees and Other Costs section) and will be applied toward tuition fees.

If you meet all of the entrance requirements, but the program is full, you will be given an opportunity to register in Qualifying Studies. 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.

Part-time students

Students who attend UFV part-time, or who are enrolled in other programs, may take any available theatre course for which they have the prerequisites. Part-time students wanting to complete the Theatre diploma should consult the calendar or meet with an Advisor to ensure they are completing the appropriate courses in the correct sequence.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section for more information. Books and additional supplies cost approximately $100-200 per course. Additional costs may include theatre tours, workshop fees, art supplies, makeup, exercise mats, and suitable acting-class clothing.


The Theatre department’s facilities are located at the CEP and Yale Road campus locations in Chilliwack. Most classes are held at CEP and most activities related to the department’s production season are carried out in the performance theatre on Yale Road. The department also offers courses in Abbotsford.

Standing required for continuance

All students accepted into this program at UFV are expected to maintain acceptable standards of scholarship. Specifically, they are expected to maintain a minimum 2.00 CGPA on all courses.

Undergraduate continuance

Academic standing will be governed by UFV’s Undergraduate Continuance policy (92). Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or above) must maintain an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled in Good Academic Standing at UFV. Students in Good Academic Standing will have no registration limits placed on them. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirement will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to academic suspension from undergraduate studies at UFV. Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation are limited to registering in 10 credits.

The academic standing of all students covered under this policy for courses where letter grades are assigned will be determined at intervals of 9 credits at the start of a student’s academic career and then at the end of every term after 27 credits have been completed. Students will be assessed after every term enrolled, but Academic Standing will only change at the intervals noted above. Students’ academic standing will be permanently reflected on their student record and will appear on official and unofficial transcripts.

After each semester, students put on Academic Warning, Academic Probation, or Required to Withdraw status or who are continued on Warning or Probation will be notified by the Registrar.

For assistance, see an Advisor or contact

Required to withdraw

Students who have been Required to Withdraw from UFV under the Undergraduate Continuance policy (92) are subject to readmission and continuance requirements as listed in the UFV academic calendar. Students are normally only readmitted once to the same program.


A cumulative grade point average of 2.00 is required in order to receive a diploma.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure all program requirements are met. This should be done through regular consultation with an Academic Advisor.

Diploma candidates who qualify to receive a UFV Theatre diploma must be approved by UFV Advising and the Senate.

Students must apply for graduation by completing the Graduation Request form available at, or from the Office of the Registrar. This should be done in the first month of the final semester. The final deadline for students who wish to attend the June Convocation ceremony is April 1 of each year, with all program requirements completed by the Winter semester grade deadline (see Important Registration Dates) of each year.

Program requirements

Course Title Credits
THEA 101 Introduction to Theatre and Performance Studies 3
THEA 121 Stagecraft I 3
THEA 123 Stagecraft II 3
THEA 299 Theatre Production Practicum 3
One of: 3
THEA 111 Acting Skills for Work and Life  
or THEA 112 Acting I: Essentials of Acting  
or THEA 250/ENGL 253 Introduction to Storytelling in Indigenous, Theatrical, and Global Communities  
Theatre electives 21 credits selected from Theatre courses 21
Creative Arts electives 9 credits selected from Art History, Film Studies, Graphic Design, Media and Communication Studies, or English courses designated as Creative Writing 9
General electives 15 additional credits selected from any subject, including Theatre 15

Note 1: Students planning to use the diploma to transfer into a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, or other program should meet with an Advisor to ensure they select electives that meet the requirements of that program.

Note 2: Students planning to transfer into the Bachelor of Arts, Theatre major should consult the calendar or meet with an Advisor to ensure they select courses and electives that meet the requirements of the Theatre major.

Note 3: Students should be aware that many Theatre courses at the 200 level and above have specific prerequisites.

Work Study

The Theatre department participates in UFV's Work Study program. Contact the Career Centre for more information.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see course descriptions section.

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