York University's Dept. of Theatre offers a 360 degree view of the world of theatre, with degree programs in Theatre leading to a Bachelor of Arts Honours (BA Hon), Bachelor of Arts (BA), or Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours (BFA Hon).

All students who enter the department come in as BA Honours students, and do a General First Year that introduces them to all aspects of Theatre, including Acting, Production, and Theatre Studies. At the end of first year, students choose their path in our Next Steps process in order to enter Theatre Studies, Devised Theatre, Playwriting & New Play Dramaturgy, Production & Design, and Acting

Students concentrating in studio work (acting or production/design) graduate with a BFA Honours degree. Those concentrating in theatre studies (devised theatre, playwriting, history, theory and criticism) graduate with a BA or a BA Honours degree.

The Department of Theatre Undergraduate Student Handbook (PDF) details all the information you need to know about: Programs & Options, Degree Requirements, Degree Requirement Worksheets, Grading & Academic Standards, Important Dates, Scholarships Awards & Bursaries, Student Resources, and much more. The Department of Theatre Undergraduate Student Handbook is also available as a standalone PDF for download.

For complete information on each of the specific undergraduate programs in the Department of Theatre, and the course requirements, see the University Academic Calendar for Theatre.


The Department of Theatre offers two kinds of graduate programs:

  1. the MA/PhD programs offered in Theatre Studies in the Department of Theatre
  2.  the MFA programs in Theatre, including Acting, Directing and Design