Undergraduate Student Handbook
Please note: A hard copy of the Handbook will be distributed to all incoming students on September 6 at the FSPA Welcome event. A full PDF version can be downloaded - see Useful Downloads on right of screen.
Students are urged to study all general rules and regulations concerning them in the university's academic calendar and in the FSPA undergraduate handbook. It is the responsibility of students to be aware of all matters relating to the curriculum standards and graduation requirements pertaining to degree programs.
Academic and performance policies
From methods of assessment to plagiarism, ensembles to graduation recitals, you'll find the policies and procedures you need to know about studying at the Fountain School of Performing Arts. Learn more about our academic and perfomance policies.
Whether you're looking for a classroom, or the time of your ensemble, or Apprenticeship application forms, we've provided links to the websites and documents you need to navigate your schedule. Learn more about currently offered classes.
How do we get a hold of you? What's the best way to get in touch with us? Find answers to these questions as well as the policies and etiquette for department communications. Learn more about FSPA communication requirements.
Exams and juries
Most Music exams and juries are scheduled by the Fountain School independently of the Registrar's Office. Be sure to carefully follow the scheduling and policies outlined by the School. Learn more about exam and jury scheduling and policies.
ALL students (preparatory, majors, non-majors, and elective students) enrolled in an applied study class (instrument or voice) are required to participate in ensembles, normally in a minimum of two per year. Learn more about participation in ensembles.
Facilities and resources
Many facilities and resources are available to FSPA students. Please respect the guidelines and policies regarding their use. Learn more about facilities and resources.
There are several student societies in the Fountain School of Performing Arts. Learn more about:
Dalhousie Theatre Society
Society of Dalhousie Music Students
Dalhousie Costume Society
Dalhousie Cinema & Media Studies Society
Undergraduate program guidelines
When are the Acting program auditions? When do you need to apply for a Music concentration? What are the standards you need to achieve? What program options are available? Learn more about our undergraduate programs and procedures.
Other useful information
- FSPA Apprenticeship Forms and Guidelines
- BMus Application for Third Year Studies/Area of Concentration [PDF -31 kB]
- BMus General: Graduation Requirements [PDF - 91 kB]
- MUSC 4599 Graduation Project Form [PDF - 10 kB]
- MUSC 4399 Thesis Guidelines [PDF - 68 kB]
- MUSC 4399 Thesis Form [PDF - 11 kB]
- Application to Audition for Half-Recital (for Non-BMus students)
Scholarships & prizes
Recommendations for all scholarships, prizes, medals and awards for FSPA students are the responsibility of the Student Affairs Committee whose decisions in this regard are final.
See more details in the Scholarships section of the FSPA web site.
Tickets for Fountain School of Performing Arts events
Students enrolled in Music and Theatre Degree programs and Applied Study Electives receive free admission to most FSPA stage productions and ensemble concerts. Mandatory attendance may be required at some events. Please check with your class professor. For most stage productions, there is a student preview night and admission is first-come, first-served. For most music concerts, students must visit the FSPA Office to obtain a complimentary ticket. Students will be advised via the Bulletin Boards and e-mail notices regarding other free events, special price events or workshops offered by the FSPA or any other communication organization.