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Performing Arts (Bachelor)

IMPORTANT NOTICE This program is currently being hosted at Douglas College until February 2019. It will then move to Capilano University and be administered there for the next four years beginning in May 2019. Interested students must apply directly to Capilano. Go to for more information.
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits: 33.0
Length: Three semesters
Campuses: New Westminster
Admission Type: Limited enrolment
Learning Format: Full-time
Offered: Summer
program overview
The Bachelor of Performing Arts is a full-time, cohort-based capstone program that enrols 25 students in a fourth year. Students earn the last 33 credits of a 120-credit bachelor’s degree over nine months.

The degree is conferred in partnership with Capilano University and Douglas College. Questions regarding the program can be sent to

curriculum framework

Semester I

Course  Title Credits
BPAC 4000 Contemporary Cultural Practices 3
BPAC 4001 Canadian Cultural Policy and the Performing Arts 3
BPAC 4002 Advanced Production Planning I 3
BPAC 4003 Studies in Interdisciplinary Creation and Collaboration 6

Semester II

Course Title Credits
BPAC 4004 Contemporary Performance Practices 3
BPAC 4005 Advanced Production Planning II 1.5
BPAC 4006 Strategic Career Planning 1.5
BPAC 4007 Interdisciplinary Performance and Production 12

Semester III

Course Title Credits
BPAC 4007 Interdisciplinary Performance and Production Continued from Sem. II
admission requirements

The BPA program is the final (capstone) year, contributing 33 credits to the 120 credit bachelor's degree. To be eligible for admission to the BPA, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • a minimum of 87 credits of course work comprising:
    • 60 performing arts credits in an approved program, or equivalent, with a minimum GPA of 2.5
    • 6 English credits
    • 9 elective credits (non-performance courses)
    • 12 upper level credits (performing arts or elective)
  • applicant support materials to include:
    • two (2) letters of reference from non-related individuals familiar with the applicant's creative work
    • resume or CV including relevant artistic/arts management/technical experience
    • letter of intent, answering the questions:  "As you see your future, what are the ways you can imagine working as an artist?"
  • audition
program cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

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