Student Experience

The Undergraduate Experience

The first undergraduate year is a time for all Theatre majors to learn about every aspects of theatre, to get involved in both acting and backstage work, and to understand theatre as it existed in other times and places.  In this apprentice year, students must also complete several courses in other areas of the University.  In their remaining years, students may choose a broad program of study or follow a more specialized option in acting, devised theatre, production, design, playwriting and dramaturgy, criticism, dramatic literature or theatre history. How to apply.

Most majors take far more than the minimum number of courses in Theatre and, for that reason, the Department recommends completing the general education requirements as soon as possible.  The BA Honours degree, which is usually chosen by those considering graduate study and careers in teaching or writing, requires at least 51 credits in Theatre with a majority of these in theatre studies.  The BFA Honours degree for professionally oriented students in acting, production and design allows students to take up to 84 credits (fourteen full course equivalents) in Theatre, the majority in studio. Undergraduate Programs

The Graduate Experience

The Department of Theatre at York University offers two major streams of Graduate study: MA/PhD programs in Theatre Studies, and MFA programs in Acting, Directing, and Design.

MA/PhD Programs

Graduate students participate in seminars and student research in Theatre and Performance Studies supervised by an internationally recognized faculty.

The program emphasizes the following fields of specialization:

  1. Post-Colonial Theatre and Drama, with specific reference to Canadian First Nations theatre and performance, as well as African and Latin American theatre and performance;
  2. Performance Studies and Theories of Theatre and Performance, with particular attention to criticism and publishing;
  3. Theatre, Health and Social Change, with specific reference to theatre for social change as well as gender and sexuality studies, theatre and spirituality, and the applications of theatre within medical and health disciplines.

For More on the MA/PhD program see their website.

MFA Programs

Graduate students in Acting, Directing, and Design MFA programs work extensively in practical studio courses, seminars and workshops taught by internationally recognized faculty specializing in movement, voice, acting, directing and design. All programs are two-year, 5 semester courses, culminating in a thesis, which can take the shape of the performance of a role or the direction of a mainstage show in our Theatre @ York season; designers work on projects outside of the Theatre @ York season for their thesis projects.

For More on the MFA programs see their website.