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Acting for the Theatre (BFA)

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Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
Program type
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
3 to 4 years
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Why study Acting for the Theatre?

Develop a clear sense of your own theatrical identity as you train to become an adaptable performer, grounded in a full range of acting for contemporary theatre. Our program offers room to be artistically daring as you create your own work.

First, you’ll acquire a broad theatre base, building a creative vocabulary for collaborative projects. Then, you’ll take courses in movement, voice, and character. As you progress and your skill base grows, you’ll focus on specialty performance and advanced techniques, such as Elizabethan text, Chinese opera, or stage combat.

Finally, you’ll have the opportunity to gain performance experience. Many students elect to complete a supervised internship in the field.

By the end of the program, you will be at ease with multiple theatrical styles, with profound knowledge of theatre performance that you can apply directly to the stage.

Program structure

A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.

Program option

  • Specialization in Acting for the Theatre (60 credits)


Acting for the Theatre students begin by taking core theatre courses with all theatre students. As you progress and your skill base grows, you will take classes in specialty performance areas and advanced techniques.

You may also choose from courses that cover all practical aspects of theatre, including stage management, production, and dramaturgy.

Admission requirements

This program is available for Fall admission only.

Minimum cut-off averages

  • Quebec CEGEP: DEC
  • High School: C+
  • University Transfers (internal/external): C
  • Bacc. français: 11
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 26

Course requirements for admission

No specific courses required. However:

Additional requirements for admission

It is your responsibility to book an interview. 

When preparing your application, please remember:

  • Audition booking deadline: March 1
  • Check program availability for the fall as late applications will continue to be accepted for certain programs for an undetermined amount of time
  • Applicants must apply online before booking an audition.

Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

After your degree

At the end of the program, you will be at ease with multiple theatrical styles and will have gained profound knowledge of theatre you can apply directly to the stage. This program also serves as an excellent basis for advanced studies at the graduate level or in specialized schools.  The program encourages the development of autonomous thinkers and theatre-makers, with the ability to create their own work, and many students go on to form their own theatre companies.

Studying acting at Concordia gives you training in a wide range of communication and collaborative skills, which are sought after in many work environments outside of traditional theatre practice.  

Our graduates possess an excellent foundation for any career in which communication and collaboration are integral, including:

  • Actor
  • Producer or director
  • Running a theatre company
  • Acting instructor
  • Artistic director
  • Performance curator

Other programs of interest

Design for the Theatre (BFA)
  • Specialization
Performance Creation (BFA)
  • Specialization
Performance Creation (BFA)

A growing number of theatre professionals no longer see themselves solely as directors, playwrights or dramaturges, but rather as performance creators.



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