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Design 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 Design for the Theatre?

Theatre designers create entire worlds onstage. Discover and develop your own unique artistic voice as you immerse yourself in the imaginative and analytical processes of communicating design ideas. You’ll learn how to conceive of and realize the visual framework of a theatrical production through the creative use of costumes, lighting and props.

With classes in acting and directing, you’ll gain insights into all facets of mounting a theatrical performance and be prepared to make a fundamental contribution to the creative direction of a production.

You’ll benefit from the expertise of faculty members who are professional working theatre designers. Many students take advantage of the opportunity to obtain credit for work completed for a recognized theatre.

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 Design for the Theatre (60 credits) 


Design for Theatre courses give you practical and theoretical knowledge of how lighting, costume, and set and props designers engage in a theatrical production.

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

  • Interview (Applicants must bring the portfolio to the interview)
  • Letter of Intent
  • Portfolio

It is your responsibility to book an interview and submit your portfolio. 

When preparing your application, please remember:

  • Interview booking deadline: March 1
  • Applicants must bring their portfolio to the interview. Please do not submit your portfolio in advance of the interview.
  • Check program availabillity for the Fall, as late applications will continue to be accepted for certain programs for an undetermined amount of time.

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

The Design for the Theatre program opens up careers paths in many fields, including:

  • Stage design
  • Costume design
  • Fashion
  • Music
  • Film
  • Art direction
  • Exhibition design
  • Performance art

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Performance Creation (BFA)
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