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The Creative School

Program Format

Full Time: Four Years

Degree Earned

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Join the world’s stage at one of Canada’s premier schools for theatre education.

The School of Performance Acting program is a four year, full-time BFA program, admitting students through audition and academic requirements. With a mix of small ensemble studio classes and academic classes, the programme offers rigorous training in classical and contemporary approaches for a solid grounding in all areas of performance. Each semester, students train in acting rudiments such as voice, movement, text, and creative performance development, along with classes in music, dance, acting for camera, stage combat, and mask, among others. The programme focuses on creative exploration and experiential learning in response to the constantly emerging world of arts and culture. Upon graduation our students are prepared to contribute to the cultural fabric of Canada and beyond as creative practitioners, performers and leaders.

Admission Information

What We Offer

 Learn Fundamentals of Theatre

Build skills in acting, movement, and voice and study contemporary theatre and film acting techniques in a range of styles and genres

 Career Preparation

Learn about the business side of performance in courses covering company regulations and organization, Equity rules, contracts, unions, and agents

 Comprehensive Performance Toolkit

Instruction in classical and modern text, improvisation, clowning, Commedia del’ Arte and mask

Related Studies

Expand on your training with courses exploring the generation of original performance material, playwriting, and directing

 Performance Opportunities

Participate in studio and public performances in a variety of classic and original works every semester

Professional Connections

Work with internationally acclaimed guest directors and professional companies

Core Curriculum

For more information on additional required courses please see Ryerson's Course Calendar

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Music I: Introduction The Moving Image in Performance I Creative Performance Studies V Creative Performance Studies VII
Music I: Advanced Introduction Music II: Introduction to Singing Creative Performance Studies VI Independent Study Seminars
Creative Performance Studies I Music II: Intermediate Singing Conceiving the Production Advanced Performance Tech I: Acting
Creative Performance Studies II Creative Performance Studies III Performance Tech I: Acting Advanced Performance Tech II: Acting
Anatomy of Movement and Lifestyle I Creative Performance Studies IV Performance Tech II: Acting  
Elements of Production I Intermediary Tech I: Acting    
Timelines of Performance History I Intermediary Tech II: Acting    
Timelines of Performance History II Landmarks in Canadian Theatre    
Fundamentals of Tech I: Acting      
Fundamentals of Tech II: Acting