The Bachelor of Arts, Major in Theatre, is a four-year program, which includes introductory courses in the areas of Theatre Studies, Acting, and Design and Production, as well as participation in the department’s productions.

Subsequent years require a strong focus on Theatre Studies, the history, dramaturgy, and methods of the theatre.

Some popular courses include:

  • Theatre 445 (3) –  Major and Honours Seminar: History of Vancouver Theatre, 1886 to the Present, taught by Prof Jerry Wasserman.
  • Drama 200 (3) – Forms and Ideas I: The Anatomy of Drama: Its history, aesthetic principles, performative potential, taught by Dr. Annie Smith.

In addition, students may also choose courses in ActingDesign and ProductionCreative Writing or Film.

Honours and a minor in Theatre are also available.

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Admission to the Honours program requires an application. The major or minor can be declared on the Student Service Centre (SSC) when you have third-year standing. If you have any questions regarding applications, please contact the department.


Amanda Larder: In Pursuit of a Vision

Amanda Larder is a recent UBC alumna who graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in both Design and Technical Theatre in May of 2012. Her extensive involvement in theatre at UBC and in Greater Vancouver has led her to the position of Paint and Props Supervisor at Douglas College.

Ken Lin: A Career in the Spotlight

It is hard to believe that a nationally-famous actor only stumbled into the field by coincidence, but Ken Lin has shown that with hard work and patience, anything is possible. An international student, Ken came to Canada from Taiwan to finish high school and to start university at UBC.

Brian Cochrane: Directing Anton Chekhov’s ‘Wild Honey’

The mere mention of Russian playwright/author Anton Chekhov brings to mind titles such as The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters, and The Seagull. However, UBC Theatre director Brian Cochrane instead chose to stage Wild Honey, an obscure posthumously discovered Chekhov play.

Stephen Heatley takes on the mantle of “Fearless Leader”

The Department of Theatre and Film has found itself a new “Fearless Leader” to lead the charge. Through June 2011, Stephen Heatley will be taking on the role of interim Department Head while Jerry Wasserman is on administrative leave.

A Shine of Rainbows, pot of gold for UBC Alumni

It’s a small world after all: Editor Alison Grace (BA ’71 Film) ,Screenwriter Dennis Foon (MFA ’75 Creative Writing), and Associate Producer John Bolton (BA ’99 Hon. English) collaborated on the recently released and award winning film A Shine of Rainbows. A UBC Arts degree can connect you with talented peers for years after you graduate and take you around the world; in this case, a film set in Ireland.


Department of Theatre and Film
Frederic Wood Theatre Building
6354 Crescent Road
Tel: 604-822-3880, Ext. 0