Why study Theatre at Dal?

Make your dreams a reality

Whether your passion is for acting, directing, playwriting, dramaturgy, costume design or construction, scenic design or carpentry, lighting, sound, props, stage management, or studying the history of theatre, the Fountain School of Performing Arts can give you what you need to get you started in your chosen career.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts, BA
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Fountain School of Performing Arts
Campus: Studley Campus, Halifax
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: September

What will I learn?

The Fountain School of Performing Arts has a wide range of courses to get you started in your chosen career in theatre. Within the BA Theatre program, we offer  Honours degrees in Acting, Costume Studies, Stage Design & Technical Theatre, and Theatre Studies.  

You might want to get out of your seat with a course in dance and movement. Create clothing from any period in history. Learn about stage design or historical costume. Get spontaneous with an improv course. Get hands on in a lab for set construction, props, projection design, lighting, and sound. Bring out your inner Shakespeare with a course in playwriting. These are just a few of the many course options available to students in Theatre programs.

Sample courses:

  • Writing About Stage and Screen
  • Cave to Castle: Dress from Prehistory to 1450
  • Gender in Theatre: A Cross-Cultural Survey

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Careers and future study

Choosing Theatre at Dal opens you up to a world of opportunity through a wide variety of career options:

  • director, playwright, actor, artisan, technician, or designer in the professional theatre in Canada and abroad
  • high school drama teacher
  • arts administration in the theatre and film industries

Future studies could include programs at the graduate level in theatre, scenography, or a professional degree such as law.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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