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Bachelor of Performing Arts Degree
Bachelor of Performing Arts Degree

Bachelor of Performing Arts Degree

  • ID:CU10068
  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
  • Duration:
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  • Type:Full-time

Fees (CAD)

  • TuitionFee/Month:$650.20
  • LivingFee/Month:$148.20
  • TuitionFee/Month:$650.20
  • LivingFee/Month:$148.20
Estimated Total/program:
$7,185.60
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • Basic requirements

  • Completion of a minimum 87 credits of 100-level or higher coursework as follows:

    • 60 performing arts credits with a minimum GPA of 2.5

    • 6 English credits

    • 9 elective credits (non-performing arts)

    • 12 additional upper-level credits

  • Program-specific requirements

  • Interview/Audition

  • Resume or CV

  • Two reference letters

  • Letter of intent

  • Additional information

  • Resume or CV - include relevant artistic/arts experience

  • Reference letters - from non-related individuals familiar with the applicant’s creative work

  • Letter of intent - outline “As you see your future, what are the ways you can imagine working as an artist?

  English requirements

  • Students at CapU write assignments, follow class lectures and take part in class discussions in English.

  • If English is not your first language or you’ve received your education in a language other than English you must take one of the following English language assessment tests:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

    • Required minimum marks:

      • online test (TOEFL iBT®): 83

      • paper-delivered test: 560

    • Capilano University TOEFL code: 0505

  • ELA (English Language Assessment Test)

    • Required minimum mark: 145

  • Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

    • Required minimum mark: 6.5 overall, with no single score below 6

    • Alternate contact: ielts@sfu.ca

  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment Test)

    • Required minimum mark: 70

  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English – Academic)

    • Required minimum mark: 56

  • DET (Duolingo English Test) – Being accepted on a temporary basis until September 2021

    • Required minimum mark: 110

Course Information

The Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA) program is unique in Canada.

Co-administered by Capilano University and Douglas College, nowhere else in the country have two academic arts institutions partnered to offer an interdisciplinary performing arts degree that has a commitment to collaboration and self-generation – elements which are crucial to young artists’ future success.

The program’s primary objective is real-world training. It is ideal for those who want to practice as a professional performing artist, arts manager, administrator or cultural entrepreneur, or those who wish to continue on to graduate studies in the performing arts.

The BPA is designed to address a gap in most performing arts education: serious consideration of how students will develop the means to put their training to use once they graduate. 

Vancouver Film School (VFS) educational pathway

After completing a VFS Acting for Film & Television diploma (within the past five years), you can apply for the BPA program through the VFS to BPA block transfer agreement.

Through this pathway, students with a VFS Acting diploma will be awarded 75 credits towards the 87 credits required for entrance into the BPA program.

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Years 1 - 3

Total credits: 87.00

  • Completion of a performing arts program at a partner institution or another post-secondary institution.

  • Students complete degree program requirements of 6 credits of English, 12 upper level credits in performing arts and/or electives and 9 credits of breadth electives in one of the following ways: Option A: Transferring credit for coursework already completed at a post-secondary institution; or Applying for PLA credit for learning acquired through experience in the performing arts; or Completing a one-year advanced certificate program at a partner institution; and/or Enrolling in courses and/or programs at a partner institution; and/or Enrolling in courses at another post-secondary institution with a Letter of Permission Option B: The completion of the third year of a three-year diploma program at a partner institution.

 Year 4 - Term 1

Total credits: 15.00

  • BPAC 400, Contemporary Cultural Practices, 3.00 credits

  • BPAC 401, Canadian Cultural Policy and the Performing Arts, 3.00 credits

  • BPAC 402, Advanced Production Planning I, 3.00 credits

  • BPAC 403, Studies in Interdisciplinary Creation and Collaboration, 6.00 credits

 Year 4 - Term 2

Total credits: 18.00

  • Required:

  • BPAC 404, Contemporary Performance Practices, 3.00 credits

  • BPAC 405, Advanced Production Planning II, 1.50 credits

  • BPAC 406, Strategic Career Planning, 1.50 credits

  • BPAC 407, Studies in Interdisciplinary Performance and Production, 12.00 credits

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