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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?

Develop your ability to work visually in a collaborative setting. Immerse yourself in the imaginative and analytical processes of communicating design ideas to create entire worlds on stage and in diverse of performance spaces. Discover and develop your own unique artistic voice as you explore the vast possibilities inherent in the world of scenographic innovation.  

In a Faculty of Fine Arts that ranks among the very best in North America, with next-level facilities for creating set, costumes, lighting and props, you’ll learn how to conceive of and realize the visual framework of a theatrical production. 

Courses balance conceptual and technical training led by eminent practitioners in their field. With an emphasis on learning by experiencing — including helping design department productions — you’ll be well-positioned to take on the professional world of performance design in a live context.  

Take in Montreal’s vibrant cultural scene through field trips to venues like Le Grand Costumier and a constellation of theatres that regularly present new works by artists in Quebec and from around the world.

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 criteria

This program is available for Fall admission only.

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements

Additional requirements for admission

  • Letter of Intent
  • Portfolio

Following the review of your application, short-listed applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview via videoconference. It is your responsibility to book an interview and submit your portfolio.

Check program availabillity 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
  • Multimedia design
  • Fashion
  • Music
  • Film
  • Art direction
  • Exhibition design
  • Performance art

Other programs of interest

Studio Art (BFA)
  • Major
Studio Art (BFA)

As a Studio Art major, you’ll have the flexibility to choose a concentration or combine any of our seven disciplines: Ceramics, Fibres and Material Practices, Intermedia/Cyberarts (Performance, Video, Electronic Arts), Painting and Drawing, Photography, Print Media, Sculpture and Installation.



Intermedia (Video, Performance and Electronic Arts) (BFA)
  • Major
Intermedia (Video, Performance and Electronic Arts) (BFA)

If you want to be a pioneer, exploring relationships between emerging and existing media technologies and the fine arts, then this program for you.



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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