About Program Admission Requirements

One of the largest and most comprehensive programs of its kind in Canada.

All students accepted into the Department of Theatre in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) enter as Specialized Honours BA Theatre-Theatre Studies majors. The first year is a program common to all Theatre students, and offers courses in Acting, Production/Design and Performance Creation & Research.  At the end of the first year, there is a selection process (either by audition or interview) to proceed into the various areas of interest, or students may remain in the program as Performance Creation & Research students.

Learn what “doing theatre” is all about: onstage, backstage, front-of-house. Work hands-on with practicing professionals in exceptional production and performance facilities. program deals with the creative processes and technical skills involved in performance, directing and production, lighting, costume and set design. Integrated with these are courses in dramatic literature and playwriting as well as theatre history, theory and criticism.

Showcase your talent in Theatre @ York’s annual season. Specialize in Production & Design (including stage management), Acting Conservatory (voice, movement, performance) or Theatre Studies (playwriting, dramaturgy, devised theatre, drama in education) in a premier program that’s launched a generation of celebrated talent for the stage and screen.

Students concentrating in studio work (performance or production) graduate with a BFA degree. Those concentrating in theatre studies (history, theory and criticism) graduate with a BA degree.

  • The Department of Theatre is part of Ontario's only School of the Arts, Performance, Media & Design which also houses degree programs in Cinema & Media ArtsDanceDesignDigital Media,  Theatre, and Visual Art & Art History. Cross-departmental activities are strongly encouraged, and Theatre students enrich their educational experience by drawing on courses and resources from these areas as well as the University at large.
  • To give you additional insight into the working world of theatre, the department regularly presents talks by theatre artists active in all aspects of the profession.
  • The York Theatre Journal, published annually in the Department, provides a public forum, enabling you to sharpen your skills as theatre writers, researchers, critics and editors.
  • Each year the Department's in-house production company, Theatre @ York, mounts a season of fully-staged productions as well as workshop performances. All are open to the public. All Theatre students are involved in some capacity, on stage or backstage, designing the lighting, constructing sets, researching the background of the play, acting, creating costumes, managing the box office etc.
  • Student works-in-progress are showcased in the Department's annual playGround series.

Sample First-year Schedule

  • Introduction to Acting
  • Introduction to Stagecraft
  • Introduction to Theatre and Performance Studies
  • Art in the City
  • Understanding Colour

Possible Career Path

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  • performer
  • artistic director
  • technical director
  • stage designer
  • playwright

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (Gene). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum of 550 (Reading) and 550 (Math) or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.

You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.