About

Study the evolution of theatre and learn the practice of acting, directing, stage management, writing, costume design, lighting and sound production.


Quick facts
  • Three of four year degree
  • Full or part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

What you will learn

You will learn to act for theatre, film, radio and television and explore the directing process through coaching, conducting auditions and developing rehearsal schedules. Develop your talents as playwrights, stage managers and designers as you learn to construct stage sets, design costumes and gain hands-on experience with lighting, sound production and stage management for on-campus performances. You will engage with every aspect of the theatrical process as you learn the theory and evolution of theatrical production.

A first-year schedule sample

This degree program is flexible and offers you the opportunity to take courses in many different subject areas. Here’s what a typical first-year schedule might look like:

CourseDescription

Fall Term
DRAM 110: Technical Theatre I Scenic Construction
DRAM 118* Acting 1
ENG 112* Literature and Composition Reading Drama
ARTH 120* Art and Visual Culture I
LING 111* Structure of Language

Winter Term
DRAM 113 Technical Theatre II Stage Properties
DRAM 119* Acting II
ARTH 121* Art and Visual Culture II
ENG 120* Introduction to Creative Writing
SOC 111* Foundations in Sociology Society Structure Process

* These are elective courses. You will be able to choose from a variety of electives based on your interests.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the full listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

DRAM 213: Technical Theatre IV Stage Management
Introduction to the fundamentals of the craft and art of stage lighting, sound production, and theatre stage management. There is a requirement of a minimum of 50 hours of production work beyond the regular class and lab hours. Students should avoid taking any evening classes because of the demands of evening production set-up and rehearsals.

DRAM 319: Acting VI 
Studio productions that focus on the acting demands of a specific period, genre, or style. The course will be an introduction to the concept of the ensemble as well as rehearsal and performance strategies.

DRAM 401: Dramatic Theory and Criticism
An examination of significant theories of major critics, theorists and writers of the theatre from ancient to modern.

Stage experience
We present four plays a year during our Greystone Mainstage season, showcasing the work of our student actors and technicians, both onstage and behind the scenes. Whether classical or cutting-edge and contemporary, every season offers a diverse mix of plays chosen to challenge you.

Facilities
The Department of Drama teaching facility is purpose-built; acting and movement classes have large bright studio spaces with sprung floors and there is a state of the art costume lab, as well as access to Q-lab software. Sound and theatrical design facilities produce high grade theatrical productions and the Greystone Theatre itself is recognized nationally and internationally for its history of stellar and premiere productions including consistent sell-out performances.

Faculty
Many of our faculty have been showcased on both national and international stages. 

Study Abroad Opportunities
You will have the opportunity to study drama abroad either in an exchange opportunity or as a short-term option with one to two courses abroad for two to six weeks.

The Drama Department has been actively involved in a student exchange program with Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. Students who participate in this exchange will normally be in their second or third year of studies.

Careers

Some graduates go on to use their practical experience within theatre companies, in film or television in the following positions:

  • Actor
  • Playwright
  • Screenwriter
  • Stage manager
  • Production manager
  • Stage designer
  • Costume designer
  • Lighting designer
  • Director
  • Professor
  • Arts administrator

Others find that the skills they've learned prepare them for a wide range of careers such as teaching, the media, public relations, publishing, project management or advertising.

Tuition estimates

Canadian studentsInternational students
Tuition $6,103 $15,867
Fees $835 $835
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $8,438 $18,202

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load (the maximum number of courses allowed).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Program options

These Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Studio Art degrees are offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science:

  • Bachelor of Arts Four-year
  • Bachelor of Arts Three-year
  • Bachelor of Arts or Honours
  • Bachelor of Arts Double Honours 
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours

You should consult with an academic advisor in the college when you begin your studies to decide if you want a four-year, three-year or honours degree.

Admission requirements and deadlines

Deadlines

Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
Winter
January 2018
Dec 1, 2017
Documents due: Dec 15, 2017
Sep 1, 2017
Documents due: Oct 1, 2017
Spring
May 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Documents due: May 1, 2018
Feb 1, 2018
Documents due: Mar 1, 2018
Summer
July 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018
Mar 1, 2018
Documents due: Apr 1, 2018
Fall
September 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Documents due: May 1, 2018

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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