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We are accepting applications now. Students whose transcripts need assessing for transfer credit purposes are encouraged to apply by early Fall, to allow adequate review and processing time.
Bachelor of Performing Arts: Degree Completion Program (Fourth Year).
This degree is conferred by Capilano University, and Douglas College.
The program is currently being hosted at Douglas College.
The Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA) program is unique in Canada. Nowhere else in the country have two academic arts institutions partnered to offer a cross-disciplinary performing arts degree that has, at its heart, 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 program offers students the unique opportunity to create original multi-disciplinary shows while developing the entrepreneurial skills necessary to make a self-directed performing arts career feasible.
The program runs May – January, with classes during the summer and fall semesters, and the capstone Interdisciplinary Production (project) each January. If you have a specific question about the program, you can contact us via email or call 604.527.5495
Deadlines and Auditions
If you are applying to the BPA program from an institution other than Capilano University or Douglas College, we recommend an application deadline of 1st November 2017, to give us adequate time to assess your transfer credits and confirm your eligibility prior to the early audition date in December. (Exact date, TBA.)
Applications from Douglas and Capilano alumni received by 15th November 2017 will be considered in time for the early (December) audition.
Applications from all prospective students will continue to be accepted after these dates, and auditions will also be scheduled in January and February 2018. However, offers will be made to qualified applicants after each round of auditions, so space availability will lessen with each audition round.
The final application deadline for the 2018 – 2019 BPA intake will be Friday, 2nd February 2018, after which any qualified applicants will be offered any seats still available.
Not sure if you qualify (yet)?
Admission to the BPA requires 87 credits, primarily in one or more performing arts discipline but also including English and breadth requirements, with a minimum of 12 credits at the upper level. Students with traditional two-year diplomas (60 credits) usually need to complete additional credits, often including the 12 at the upper level, in order to become eligible for the BPA program, which offers the fourth year of a Bachelor’s degree (the last 33 of the required 120 credits).
If you have at least a performing arts credential with 60 cr. or more but have completed fewer than 87 cr. in total, and you are intending to apply for the May 2018 intake, you may submit an application while completing additional coursework in the Fall and Winter semesters. We can help advise on appropriate course selection for any outstanding credits, which can be completed at Douglas, Capilano or elsewhere (subject to transfer recognition—prior approval is advised, to avoid disappointment).
In exceptional circumstances, and at the discretion of the program, some students may be accepted to the program for May and complete a small number of outstanding credits during or after program completion.
For more information about admission requirements and courses, and to apply, please visit the Program and Course Catalogue.
Bachelor of Performing Arts graduate Cathy Wilmot loves the thrill of live performance.