Bachelor of Performing Arts
The degree is conferred by the four-partner consortium of Capilano University, Douglas College, Langara and Vancouver Community College.
Currently this program is hosted at Capilano University. For complete details on admission requirements, information session dates, audition dates, events and more, visit the Bachelor of Performing Arts at Capilano University.
To be eligible for admission, applicants will have some post-secondary education and training in at least one performing arts discipline. In the BPA program, students examine the historical and cultural context of the performing arts in Canada and around the world. They investigate, critique, and challenge the sociopolitical and cultural environment of the performing arts industry – what gets made, why, and how.
Students do practical coursework in fundamental business skills, such as grant writing, founding an arts organization, and individual career development.
Also, students will form a production company which creates, develops and mounts its own full production – an original, interdisciplinary performance event designed to reflect the creative interests and formal skills of the company members themselves.
The program’s 12-credit production phase challenges students to explore, master and apply the interdisciplinary performance theory and skills they have studied, putting it to highly practical use.
There will be considerable variety in the individual educational pathways students follow to be eligible for the BPA program. The program itself is the final (capstone) year, contributing 33 credits towards a bachelor’s degree.
The 120 credits in the Bachelor of Performing Arts degree are usually comprised of the following:
- 60-90 credits in a performing arts program, depending on the performing arts credential, plus:
- 0-27 additional credits in breadth, English and upper-level electives, plus:
- 33 credits gained in the fourth year of the BPA program to get to the 120 credits needed for the Bachelor of Performing Arts degree.
The BPA degree will be given to students who, in addition to meeting the admission requirements listed above, complete the 33 upper-level credits in the fourth year of the program, bringing their total credits to 120, with at least 45 of those coming at the upper-level.For more program details, including admission requirements, information session dates, audition dates, events and more, visit the Bachelor of Performing Arts at Capilano University.
If you have a specific question about the program, you can contact us via email or call 604 986 1911 ext. 7152.