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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.

Learning outcomes

  • 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.

Intakes

There are no upcoming intakes for this program. To receive updates on upcoming intakes, please visit the Request Information page.

How to Apply

Are you applying as a domestic or as an international student?

Every student must apply to CapU through EducationPlannerBC (EPBC), a website for applying to universities and colleges across British Columbia.

Visit Apply Now to make sure you're ready to fill in your application.

  • When you submit your application, you will need to pay an application fee of $50, which gives you the opportunity to apply for 2 programs. 
  • You will need to upload a digital (PDF) copy of your transcripts and supporting documents at this time.
  • If you are currently in Grade 12, you must request that the Ministry of Education submit your transcript directly to Capilano University.
  • Documents must be in the original language of issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.
Apply on EPBC

After submitting your application on EducationPlannerBC you will receive an acknowledgement message from us to your personal email.

  • This email will include your Student ID number and your myCapU account and email address.
  • Instructions on how to track your application will also be included.
  • All future messages from us will be sent to your myCapU email.
  • If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.

Applications

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.

Auditions

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.

Interview

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 students who have previously attended post-secondary, even though you submitted a digital copy of your transcripts on EducationPlannerBC, you must submit official university or college transcripts for transfer credit.

Please send all official documents to:

Registrar's Office
Birch Building, Room BR230
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, BC
V7J 3H5

Official documents may include:

These documents must be sent directly from that institution to Capilano University. They must include the seal of the institution and the signature of the authorizing school representative.

We will accept photocopies of transcripts if certified by the authorizing university or college officer. Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Students may also submit photocopies of academic documents verified by the issuing authority. These authorities include the Ministry of Education, the high school, university, or college, the apostille* or by the appropriate examination board.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

*Apostille countries refers to an international form of a notary seal as certified by the Hague convention. These would be official notary documents from countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, etc. and can be accepted in place of original or school-certified documents. The Apostille is prepared by either the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Justice in these countries.

Please note: Documents issued in a language other than English must also include certified English translations. Documents must be in the original language of the issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.

An academic document is original if issued to the student by the institution following that institution’s policies.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Once you've been accepted into a program, you'll need to start planning your courses.

  • You will be notified of your acceptance through your CapU email and your myCapU account.
  • View our page for admitted students to learn how to prepare for your first day.
  • If you wish to receive transfer credits, please submit official university/college/International Baccalaureate (IB)/Advanced Placements (AP) transcripts either electronically or by mail:

     

    Registrar's Office
    Birch Building, Room BR230
    2055 Purcell Way
    North Vancouver, BC
    V7J 3H5

Admitted Students

Most CapU programs need proof that you:

Every student must apply to CapU through EducationPlannerBC (EPBC), a website for applying to universities and colleges across British Columbia.

Visit Apply Now to make sure you're ready to fill in your application.

  • When you submit your application, you will need to pay a non-refundable application fee of C$135, which gives you the opportunity to apply for 2 programs.
  • You will need to upload a digital (PDF) copy of your transcripts and supporting documents at this time.
  • If your original transcripts and supporting documents are not written in English, please submit a translated copy.
Apply on EPBC

After submitting your application on EducationPlannerBC you will receive an acknowledgement message from us to your personal email.

  • This email will include your Student ID number and your myCapU account and email address.
  • Instructions on how to track your application will also be included.
  • All future messages from us will be sent to your myCapU email.
  • If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.
Funding for International Students

Applications

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.

Auditions

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.

Interview

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. 

You've already sent digital copies of your transcripts to EducationPlannerBC as part of your CapU application, but we also need physical copies of your official high school, college or university transcripts.

If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.

Please send your official documents to:

Capilano University
Centre for International Experience, Room LB127
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, B.C.
V7J 3H5

Official documents may include:

Students must submit official high school and university or college transcripts for admission.

These documents must be sent directly from that institution to Capilano University. They must include the seal of the institution and signature of the authorizing school representative.

We will accept photocopies of transcripts if certified by the authorizing high school, university, or college officer. Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Students may also submit photocopies of academic documents verified by the issuing authority. These authorities include the Ministry of Education, the high school, university, or college, the apostille* or by the appropriate examination board.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

*Apostille countries refers to an international form of a notary seal as certified by the Hague convention. These would be official notary documents from countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, etc. and can be accepted in place of original or school-certified documents. The Apostille is prepared by either the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Justice in these countries.

Please note: Documents issued in a language other than English must also include certified English translations. Documents must be in the original language of the issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.

An academic document is original if issued to the student by the institution following that institution’s policies.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

If you are accepted into a program, you will receive a letter of offer in your myCapU email inbox.

  • You will need to confirm your acceptance into the program by paying a tuition deposit outlined in your letter of offer.
  • This deposit will go towards your first-semester tuition once you are registered for courses at CapU.

After paying your tuition deposit, you will receive a letter of acceptance in your myCapU inbox. This may be used to apply for, or renew, a study permit.

  • Depending on your citizenship, you may also need to apply for an entry visa.
Permits & Visas

Once you've been accepted into a program and have applied for your study permit, you'll need to start planning your courses.

  • You will be notified of your acceptance through your CapU email and your myCapU account.
  • View our page for admitted international students to learn how to prepare for your first day.
Info for Admitted International Students

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.

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Transfer Students

Find out how you can transfer your credits from another post-secondary institution to CapU.

Applying as a Transfer Student

Returning Students

If you're returning to CapU to complete your program or to apply into a new program, please contact the Registrar's Office.

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Switching Programs

If you want to change your program of study, you need to submit a new application to CapU.

Re-apply to CapU

Tuition and Fees

Are you applying as a domestic or as an international student?

Tuition Fees Total
Year 1 $0 $0 $0
Year 4 $8,005 $1,638 $9,643
Total $8,005 $1,638 $9,643
Tuition Fees Total
Year 1 $0 $0 $0
Year 4 $23,871 $1,638 $25,509
Total $23,871 $1,638 $25,509

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Entrance Awards

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Term Awards

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Required Courses

Years 1 - 3

Total credits: 87.00

Required:
Completion of a performing arts program at a partner institution or another post-secondary institution.
Required:
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

Required:
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

Have a question?

Get in touch with us!

About this program

School of Performing Arts
604 984 4911
bpa@capilanou.ca

General inquiries

Student Information Services
Birch Building, room BR230

604-984-4900
604-984-1798 (fax)
registration@capilanou.ca