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.
Once you have applied, please submit the following support material to the BPA office:
- Résumé including relevant artistic/arts management/technical experience. Please note any other creative disciplines you have experience with plus numbers of years you have been practicing.
- Two (2) reference letters from those familiar with your creative work.
- A letter of intent, answering the following question: “As you see your future, what are the ways you can imagine working as an artist?”
The BPA program will move to Capilano University for the 2019 intake.
Upcoming Audition Dates for 2019: TBD
Click here for more information on the Capilano University website.
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 quite quickly.
In order to prepare fully for your interview in advance, you should familiarize yourself with what will be required. Everyone will be asked for an audition of some kind 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 original pieces that you have created. You will be expected to present 2 short pieces for your audition:
- One performance in your main discipline of study (no more than 2 minutes);
- One performance inspired by the audio, video and written materials provided below (no more than 2 minutes). You may use your own discipline in the piece, but the piece must also include multi-discipline aspects.
For the second presentation, we have provided some inspirational materials below. Please reflect on these and create a work that incorporates them in some form. Try not to be too literal in your approach; the materials are for inspiration only. 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.
Following your audition, you will be asked a series of questions, and you will be 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 that we audition and interview our candidates in person and we suggest that you make every effort to attend. Candidates who are unable to attend in person will be asked to submit their audition electronically, we will then arrange the interview by Skype.
If you have any questions about the audition and interview, please do not hesitate to contact us the BPA office.
Note Regarding Academic Expectations
This is a final fourth-year level degree program. It will require a level of writing and research ability that you may not have experienced in your diploma or other post-secondary training. Writing and researching at a fourth-year level is rigorous, and you would be advised to prepare yourself for this experience in advance. 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.