Study with us
Learn about the creation and production of live and recorded dramatic performance.
Gain skills such as: comprehensive knowledge of theatre production techniques, an understanding of the techniques and procedures of play and screenwriting, the ability to analyze the form and content of theatre productions and the ability to develop creative solutions to complex problems.
What our students say
“The theatre courses I’ve taken have taught me many practical skills, including effective public speaking, confidence, empathy and teamwork. I’m so thankful for the community of like-minded individuals that I have met at the UM theatre program!”
- Sophie George, theatre student
Many of our theatre graduates have gone on to pursue professional careers in theatre, opera and film, with or without further study. Other students have pursued graduate studies or have taken the skills of theatre and applied them in careers as diverse as education, advertising, media, law, business, politics, psychology, fine arts and design.
Affiliated with PTE
A unique affiliation with Prairie Theatre Exchange (PTE) as an accredited teaching institute allows students to take practical courses taught by theatre professionals at PTE for credit.
Performance, production and interpretation are learned in the state-of-the-art John J. Conklin Theatre. Students have access to set, prop and costume shops in the Gail Asper Performing Arts Hall along with rehearsal spaces, a theatre control room, recording studio and Media Lab.
The Faculty of Arts offers three-year and four-year undergraduate degree options in theatre.
BA degrees at a glance
BA General: 90 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all courses in the chosen major. This program is particularly suited to students who wish to seek employment or enter a professional academic program following graduation from Arts.
BA Advanced: 120 credit hours of study with a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all faculty-required courses. Students select a major and minor program of study or a double major in lieu of a minor.
Bachelor of Arts (General)
Expected duration: 3 years
The general program offers general exposure to the humanities and social sciences and an opportunity to concentrate studies in at least two subject areas. This program is particularly suited to students who wish to seek employment or enter a professional academic program following graduation from Arts.
A student must complete 90 credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 in all courses that comprise the major.
You can complete the BA General degree on a part-time basis.
Bachelor of Arts (Advanced)
Expected duration: 4 years
The advanced program offers a general education along with a reasonable degree of specialization in one area of study through the major.
Graduates of the advanced major program who demonstrate high academic performance may be eligible for entrance to graduate studies. The advanced degree is also well suited to students seeking to build an academic term or year of studies abroad into their undergraduate degree.
To earn a BA Advanced degree, a student must successfully complete 120 credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all faculty-required courses. The program requires at least 48 credit hours in a major subject area, as well as a minor field of study that includes a minimum of 18 credit hours in a subject area. In lieu of a minor, students may complete a double advanced major program.
Students should apply to enter the advanced program only after successfully completing a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework.
You can complete this degree on a part-time basis.
Earning a minor in Arts
A minor is comprised of 18 credit hours which are in a subject field that is different from a declared major. To earn a minor in a subject field as part of a Bachelor of Arts degree, a student must successfully complete 18 credit hours in a subject field approved by the Faculty of Arts as a minor.
Minors offered by the Faculty of Arts are listed under each area of study’s section of the Academic Calendar. Arts students may complete minor programs offered by other Faculties/Schools providing the minor program consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours and all other degree requirements are satisfied.
Degree requirements for all BA degrees
Students in the BA General, BA Advanced and BA Honours degree must complete the following requirements as part of their degree:
- 6 credit hours of humanities
- 6 credit hours of social sciences
- 6 credit hours of sciences
- 3 credit hours of written English (W)
- 3 credit hours of mathematics (M)
- 3 credit hours of Indigenous course content (students entering as of fall 2021)
- 6 credit hours in each of 5 different subject fields
The 3 credit hours of written English and 3 credit hours of mathematics are to satisfy the written English and mathematics requirement.
For full details on these requirements, refer to the Academic Calendar.
Sample course offerings
- THTR 1220: Introduction to Theatre (6 credit hours)
- THTR 2150: Theatrical Techniques: Onstage (6 credit hours)
- THTR 2160: Theatrical Techniques: Backstage (6 credit hours)
- THTR 2470: Fundamentals of Dramatic Analysis (3 credit hours)
- THTR 2480: Theatre History (3 credit hours)
- THTR 2600: Theatre and Diversity (3 credit hours)
- THTR 3460: Theory of Drama and Performance (3 credit hours)
- THTR 3470: Text and Performance (3 credit hours)
- THTR 3630: Practicum 1 (with Prairie Theatre Exchange) (3 credit hours)
For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.
The following are minimum requirements for entry into the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
Direct entry applicants are those who have not attended a post-secondary institution or have completed fewer than 24 credit hours at a recognized university or college.
Advanced entry applicants are those who have completed one year (24 credit hours) or more of studies in another faculty at the University of Manitoba or another recognized post-secondary institution.
How to apply
Domestic student application fee: $100
International student application fee: $120
Applications to the University of Manitoba are completed online.
The online application includes several parts, and you may be required to submit transcripts, proof of English Language proficiency, and other documents.
You apply to the Bachelor of Arts program without selecting your major and minor areas of study (e.g., anthropology, political science, etc.). You make these choices after you are in the BA program.
Admission and application inquiries
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