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Performance Creation (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 Performance Creation?

Create original, contemporary performances. Learn to make audiences think, react and engage. Take a critical, experimental, and practical, approach to learning about how stories get performed and deepen your understanding of their power to enact social change. Develop skills to produce performance in a variety of spaces and situations, as you discover how to creatively respond to diverse social, historical and cultural contexts.  

As part of developing your performance practice you’ll engage with a broad range of approaches to understanding the creation of performance through a variety of lenses and diverse practices including: Indigenous storytelling, gender & sexuality in performance, the avant-garde, puppetry, urbanism, and post-colonial critique. As an emerging performer creator, you will benefit from training that moves across disciplinary boundaries, and that will provide you with core foundational courses in theatre history, directing, playwriting, performance studies, and dramaturgy.

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 Performance Creation (60 credits)


Performance Creation 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.

United States students: A U.S. Federal Student Aid-eligible version of this program is offered. This version meets all U.S. regulations (such as no co-operative education or e-courses) for eligible programs.

Admission criteria

This program is available for Fall admission only.

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements

Additional requirements for admission

Applicants must submit additional requirements for admission directly to the department.

  • Audition video (Submission deadline: March 1)
  • Letter of Intent

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.

Check program availability 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.

Application deadlines

Fall term


March 1 is the deadline to apply for fall term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by February 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Winter term


Admission to this program is available for the Fall Term only.

We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.

After your degree

Performance Creation graduates are well-positioned for graduate-level studies or further training leading to careers in a variety of disciplines including:

  • Theatre arts
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Community work
  • Writing, criticism, and publishing

Other programs of interest

Acting for the Theatre (BFA)

Actors who can contribute to theatrical productions on many levels become sought-after artists. Our strong and challenging program trains you to be an adaptable performer, understanding the full range of performance in contemporary theatre.



Theatre (Minor)

The Minor in Theatre is a flexible introduction to many aspects of theatre.



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