Acting - Undergraduate Program - University of Windsor - Windsor, Ontario, Canada

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Acting BFA

Take centre stage in this program that finds the perfect balance of conservatory style classes, performance, and academic course work. Develop your talent in this internationally recognized program. Audition required.

In pursuit of Equity and Accessibility, we encourage student applications from designated groups: persons who are Indigenous (FNMI), BIPOC, women, LGBTQ+ and persons with disabilities. If you require an accommodation to complete your audition or interview, please let us know by sending an email to

Sample Courses: Introduction to Acting and Improvisation for the Theatre, Movement for the Actor, Voice for the Actor, Introduction to Theatre and Performance Studies

Career Tracks: Actor, director, voice-over artist, artistic director, producer

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada

Course Requirements: English/ENG4U. Audition. Audtion info:
Minimum Average: 70%
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): 86%

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

  • Co-op Co-op Available
  • G General 3-year program
  • H Honours 4-year program
  • T Thesis Available
  • C Combined Honours programs available

About the Audition

Candidates are asked to memorize and prepare two monologues. Each monologue should be approximately one minute in length. One monologue should be by a character from a play by Shakespeare. The other should be by a character from a published modern or contemporary play. You will also learn and present a movement sequence. In addition, your audition will include an improvised scene and cold reading.

Functional Knowledge

  • Identify and apply specific acting exercises and techniques essential to the development of a theatre artist
  • Embody the principles of flexibility, strength, and endurance as they apply to the development of the theatre artist
  • Communicate articulately, effectively, and efficiently by incorporating voice and movement techniques into the creation of a role
  • Observe and think critically as a theatre artist
  • Communicate analytically about theatre practice in verbal and written form
  • Research, develop, and embody creative work
  • Analyze, interpret, rehearse, and perform text from various periods, theatrical styles, and genres


Employment Rate of Graduates

(OUGS Fine and Applied Arts, 2018)

Sean Sennet

"In my time in the University of Windsor’s BFA Acting program I found a home, and a family. The School of Dramatic Art fosters a collaborative environment in which students are encouraged to work positively with their peers to challenge one another and guide one another to their full potential. They provide a rigours, comprehensive program tying together extensive opportunities to master both theory and practice for success. I am delighted and honoured to be a graduate of the BFA Acting program. I cannot think of a better place to get the training that I have received. It has led me to a professional career directly out of school and has fostered incredible opportunities for me.”

Sean Sennett
BFA in Acting
Actor, "We Will Rock You"

Career Tracks*

  • Actor
  • Announcer
  • Artistic director
  • Artistic producer
  • Broadcaster
  • Casting director
  • Comedian
  • Fight Choreographer
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Playwright
  • Professor
  • Radio/Television Announcer
  • Stunt person
  • Teacher
  • Television actor
  • Voice coach
  • Voice-over artist

* Additional education and/or training required for some of the above careers.

Common sectors for graduates

  • Acting: Professional theatre, Film and TV, Animated Film
  • Education: Elementary, Secondary, and post-secondary; public and private streams; corporate, motivational speaking
  • Media and journalism: Theatre Criticism, live performance, radio and television news and entertainment; podcasting
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