Program Highlights

The Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA) program is unique in Canada.

Co-administered by Capilano University and Douglas College, nowhere else in the country have two academic arts institutions partnered to offer an interdisciplinary performing arts degree that has a commitment to collaboration and self-generation – elements which are crucial to young artists’ future success.

The program’s primary objective is real-world training. It is ideal for those who want to practice as a professional performing artist, arts manager, administrator or cultural entrepreneur, or those who wish to continue on to graduate studies in the performing arts.

The BPA is designed to address a gap in most performing arts education: serious consideration of how students will develop the means to put their training to use once they graduate. 

Vancouver Film School (VFS) educational pathway

After completing a VFS Acting for Film & Television diploma (within the past five years), you can apply for the BPA program through the VFS to BPA block transfer agreement.

Through this pathway, students with a VFS Acting diploma will be awarded 75 credits towards the 87 credits required for entrance into the BPA program.

  • Gain real-world performing arts creation and collaborative processes.
  • Produce two production works with the cohort at two venues in Greater Vancouver.
  • Develop entrepreneurial skills necessary to make a self-directed performing arts career feasible.
  • Examine the historical and cultural context of the performing arts in Canada and around the world.
  • Investigate, critique, and challenge the sociopolitical and cultural environment of the performing arts industry.
  • Practical coursework in fundamental business skills, such as grant writing, founding an arts organization, and individual career development.


CampusTermsFull/Part Time
North VancouverSpringFull-time

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$0 $0 $0
Year 2$0 $0 $0
Year 3$0 $0 $0
Year 4$8005 $1638 $9643
Year 5$0 $0 $0
Total$8005 $1638 $9643

Note: Fees are subject to change. Some programs have fees for supplies and equipment that aren’t included in the estimate. To get an idea of what you’ll pay to study at CapU, try out our Tuition & Fees Estimator.

Years 1 - 3

Total credits: 87.00

Completion of a performing arts program at a partner institution or another post-secondary institution.
Students complete degree program requirements of 6 credits of English, 12 upper level credits in performing arts and/or electives and 9 credits of breadth electives in one of the following ways: Option A: Transferring credit for coursework already completed at a post-secondary institution; or Applying for PLA credit for learning acquired through experience in the performing arts; or Completing a one-year advanced certificate program at a partner institution; and/or Enrolling in courses and/or programs at a partner institution; and/or Enrolling in courses at another post-secondary institution with a Letter of Permission Option B: The completion of the third year of a three-year diploma program at a partner institution.


Year 4 - Term 1

Total credits: 15.00


Year 4 - Term 2

Total credits: 18.00

BPAC 404Contemporary Performance Practices3.00 credits
BPAC 405Applied Production Planning1.50 credits
BPAC 406Strategic Career Planning1.50 credits
BPAC 407Studies in Interdisciplinary Performance and Production12.00 credits


Year 4 - Term 3


Total program credits: 120.00

Important Dates

Application Dates

Feb 2, 2021 - Nov 2, 2021

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Nov 15, 2021

Fee Payment Deadline

Dec 20, 2021 4:00 PM

Note: Dates are subject to change.

How to apply

  1. Check the admissions requirements.
  2. Check the application and document deadlines for your program.
  3. Complete and submit your application through EducationPlannerBC.
    1. Upload all your required/supporting official documents.
    2. Pay your application fee.
  4. Admissions will review your application and contact you.

Admission Requirements

Admission Notes

If you are already a Capilano student, or you are thinking of choosing Capilano and you want to plan your coursework so that you can be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Performing Arts program, you should speak with Academic Advising.

If you have a specific question about the program, contact the Bachelor of Performing Arts office by email or call 604 984 4911.

Additional Admission Information

Audition and interview


Please apply early, as applications may not guarantee an audition. Once you have applied and we have confirmed your eligibility, we will arrange an audition/interview.

Support material

Once you have applied, please submit the following support material to the School of Performing Arts office:

  1. All official post-secondary transcripts;
  2. Résumé outlining experience in any applied or performing arts discipline inducing any management, production and technical experience;
  3. Two (2) reference letters from those familiar with your creative work;
  4. Provide an answer for the following: “As you see your future, what are the ways you can imagine working as an artist?” in any form or medium you see fit.


Please note that it takes time for us to review applications and transcripts to assess your eligibility for auditions and audition spots can fill up quickly.

To prepare for your interview in advance, familiarize yourself with what will be required. Everyone will be asked for an audition as described below.

First and foremost, there will be no audio/visual aids supplied for this interview and you must bring everything you need for your individual presentation.

The Bachelor of Performing Arts is an interdisciplinary program that focuses heavily on creating new work. Your audition must include an original piece you have created.

We encourage you to explore a variety of disciplines, including those with which you have limited experience. Surprise yourself. Exploring new terrain is encouraged. Doing what is comfortable is not. We look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Your original creation for the audition should:

  1. Start by telling us the title of your original piece, and if applicable (i.e., if you are using an excerpt from a theatrical work or a snippet of a song, please inform us of that in your introduction.), credit any other artists whose work is included in your piece;
  2. The piece should draw from your primary discipline;
  3. The piece should also explore other performance forms;
  4. Be no more than four (4) minutes total.


Following your audition, you will be asked a series of questions and given time to consider them. These questions will focus on your aspirations as an artist and how you see yourself fitting into the Bachelor of Performing Arts degree.

It is very important you audition and interview in person. Candidates who are unable to attend in person will be asked to submit their audition electronically and we will arrange the interview by Skype.

If you have any questions about the audition and interview, please contact us.

Academic Expectations

This is a final fourth-year level degree program. Writing and researching at a fourth-year level is rigorous, and we recommend preparing yourself in advance to ensure success. 

We have a Learning Centre to help you once you are accepted and on campus, but you may consider reading the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Seventh Edition, 2009. It is a recommended text for one of our courses. 

For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar.

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Have questions about this program?

School of Performing Arts

604 984 4911

Student Information Services

604 984 4900
604 984 1798 (fax)
Birch Building, room BR230