Bachelor of Performing Arts Degree
Faculty of Fine & Applied Arts
School of Performing Arts
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. There are many ways to do so, and most require the ability to create one’s own opportunities, often in collaboration with peers.
- 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.
Tuition and Fees Per Year
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Total program credits: 120.00
Mar 15, 2019 - Sep 3, 2019
Note: Dates are subject to change.
Completion of a minimum 87 credits of 100-level or higher coursework as follows: 60 performing arts credits with a minimum GPA of 2.5; 6 English credits; 9 elective credits (non-performing arts); and 12 additional upper-level credits.
Resume or CV, including relevant artistic/arts experience. Two reference letters from non-related individuals familiar with the applicant’s creative work. Letter of Intent outlining “As you see your future, what are the ways you can imagine working as an artist?”
For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University 2018-2019 Calendar (pdf).
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 an academic advisor.
If you have a specific question about the program, contact the Bachelor of Performing Arts office by email or call 604 984 4911.