Bachelor of Performing Arts Degree

Faculty of Fine & Applied Arts
School of Performing Arts


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. 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.


CampusTermsFull/Part Time
North VancouverSpringFull-Time

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$3,429 $481 $3,910
Year 2$4,115 $720 $4,835
Total$7,543 $1,201 $8,745

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 405Advanced Production Planning II1.50 credits
BPAC 406Strategic Career Planning1.50 credits
BPAC 407Interdisciplinary Performance and Production12.00 credits


Year 4 - Term 3


Total program credits: 120.00

Important Dates

Application Dates

Mar 15, 2019 - Sep 3, 2019

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Nov 12, 2019

Fee Payment Deadline

Dec 17, 2019 4:00 PM

Note: Dates are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

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).

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 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.

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School of Performing Arts

604 984 4911

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604 984 4900
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