Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Interdisciplinary Performance

Study physical theatre, improvisation, solo and collaborative performance creation, as well as intercultural theatre and world performance traditions.

Interdisciplinary PerformanceStudents from the Interdisciplinary Performance program in their final year end performance, Animals.

What You Need to Know

Why study Interdisciplinary Performance at UBC's Okanagan campus?

Research connections
Interdisciplinary Performance professors actively engage students in research projects that range from public performances, community-based, educational, and cultural outreach initiatives, interactive new media and live art installations, happenings and interventions, as well as site-specific durational events.

Career opportunities
Interdisciplinary Performance opens up career options in acting and directing, applied theatre, arts-based research, education and health, digital arts, curating, and cultural outreach.

Diverse Culture
Through its focus on the interrelation of creativity, personal growth, collaboration, and artistic versatility, the INTP Program fosters an inclusive student-centered environment and promotes cultural diversity through its pedagogical commitment to Indigenous and international students.

Co-op experience
Put your classroom learning to the test with Co-op job placements throughout the region and beyond. Co-op helps you to gain beneficial skills such as how to build your resumé, apply for jobs, expand your professional network and earn money to pay for tuition.

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Interdisciplinary Performance is a four-year degree program that offers studio training in physical theatre, improvisation, solo and collaborative performance creation, as well as courses in the history and theory of theatre and world performance traditions, plus creative writing and visual arts.

In your first year, you receive training in the three disciplines of Performance/Theatre (THTR) with courses in Creative Writing (CRWR) and Visual Arts (VISA). From the second to the fourth year, students continue to take core courses in Performance/Theatre and select courses from a wide range of Creative Writing and/or Visual Arts offerings.

The program’s emphasis on dynamic and intercultural dimensions of the performing arts attracts students from diverse social backgrounds and cultural legacies.

Undergraduates can complete a BFA with a Major in Interdisciplinary Performance. The Minor in Interdisciplinary Performance offers UBC Okanagan students the opportunity to develop a concentration in Performance/Theatre in addition to their major area of study.


UBC Okanagan's Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program offers a wide variety of foundational and advanced courses.

Sample courses:

  • THTR 103 – Acting for Stage and Screen
  • THTR 111 – Introduction to Theatre and World Performance Traditions
  • THTR 302 – Indigenous Performance Practices

Browse here for all Interdisciplinary Performance courses and descriptions.

Degree Options

Detailed information on the Interdisciplinary Performance program can be found in the Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services, and academic policies at The University of British Columbia:

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Interdisciplinary Performance

Undergraduates can complete a BFA with a Major in Interdisciplinary Performance. The Minor in Interdisciplinary Performance offers UBC Okanagan students the opportunity to develop a concentration in Performance/Theatre in addition to their major area of study.

Learn about the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Interdisciplinary Studies program.


British Columbia High School Requirements

  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Three other approved Grade 12 courses

Did you know that UBC outlines admission requirements according to where you attended high school or university?

Visit for general admission requirements and program specific requirements for students from high schools in other Canadian provinces or transferring from other post-secondary institutions.

Deadlines and Fees

Application Deadlines
Plan ahead to ensure you meet important deadlines and other target dates listed at

Tuition Fees
UBC Okanagan's fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre. See Financial Planning for helpful resources, and add up your first-year costs with our Cost Calculator.

How to Apply

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Check out the steps to apply to UBC, and be sure to choose "Okanagan campus."

Or let our Student Recruitment & Advising experts guide you: call 1-877-807-8521.

Audition Requirement

Auditions are required for acceptance into the Interdisciplinary Performance program. Applicants for the Major can audition either in person or by submitting a video audition. 

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Your Career Options

The Interdisciplinary Performance program opens up career options in acting and directing, applied theatre, arts-based research, education and health, digital arts and new media, curating, and cultural outreach. The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree also prepares students for further study in a variety of fields, such as drama, acting, directing, arts-based teaching, drama therapy, etc.



  • Actor
  • Artistic Director
  • Dramaturge
  • Playwright
  • Producer
  • Casting Director
  • Arts-based Educator
  • Cultural Consultant
  • Curator
  • Cultural Organizer (community engagement, environmentalism, social justice)

Potential Employers

  • Local, regional and international theatre companies
  • Digital arts and new media production companies
  • Galleries and museums
  • Primary and secondary education
  • Non-profit cultural and social organizations

Co-op Experience

Learn and earn with Co-op, a paid opportunity for students to enrich their education with work experience. At UBC’s Okanagan campus, sign up for Co-op to: build your resumé with professional experience; learn valuable tips on how to successfully apply for jobs; expand your network of industry contacts; and earn money to pay for tuition. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

Further Studies

UBC Okanagan offers a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) with a specialization in Interdisciplinary Studies (IS)links to external site. The MFA program is comprised of the creative production of a body of work and a written research paper in a secondary area of study, or a creative work in a different field from the primary area.

An MFA in IS with a primary discipline in performance requires a publicized event equivalent in scope and profile to a full-length evening performance, with documentation of the creation and development of the work.

Meet Your Peers and Profs

Find out what students, faculty, and alumni have to say about UBC Okanagan's campus:

Gain Valuable Experience

Learning experiences beyond the classroom help prepare you for a career and life after university. Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with your fellow students.

Travel and Learn

  • See the world through Go Global, a UBC program that allows students to complete courses or conduct research at one of more than 150 international partner institutions in 45 countries worldwide.
  • Travel to a conference or competition with financial assistance available through the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund, which provides financial support up to $3,500.

Undergraduate Research

Follow your ideas and get a head start on your career.

  • Follow your ideas and get a head start on your career. FCCS professors engage students in research projects, labs and centres that range from Indigenous studies and the study of animal ethics to digitized cultural history.
  • Take part in Eco Art Incubator, a research initiative that provides students and artists with a platform from which to work, as well as access to artist-friendly resources for conservation and ecological initiatives.
  • Investigate opportunities offered through the Centre for Culture and Technology (CCT), an interdisciplinary institute that engages in multiple forms of art, media, and information technologies as vehicles for the exploration and expression of community, culture, and identity.
  • Work collaboratively with artists and communities at the Centre for Indigenous Media Arts (CIMA) and foster contemporary artistic practices of indigenous media artists.

Research Scholarships

Get a financial boost to start your research experience and help pay for travel and other expenses. Merit-based cash awards also look impressive on your resumé.

Work Opportunities

  • Learn through doing, create strong connections, and develop professional skills with a campus job arranged by UBC’s Work Study Program.
  • Meet a community need and get practical experience by volunteering for a Community Service Learning project — a life-changing experience.
  • Build up your portfolio by flexing those creative muscles—write, edit, interview and perform other journalistic roles at UBC Okanagan's newspaper, The Phoenix, the official students' free press.
  • Co-op puts your classroom learning to the test, allowing you to explore career options while earning money. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

Welcome to UBC's Okanagan Campus

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the Interdisciplinary Performance program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.

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Tour the Campus

  • Get a glimpse into life on UBC’s Okanagan campus at
  • Take a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art labs, modern facilities, campus residences.
  • Visit the campus for a personal guided tour led by a student ambassador.
  • Tour the campus, city and lake with this interactive 360-degree Kelowna From Above* video.

Day One: What to Expect

On the first day of university, take part in "Meet the Dean" sessions where you can get to know the Dean, professors, and the staff who provide student support. It’s all part of CREATE, UBC Okanagan's new student orientation.

Attend an orientation that’s tailored to your needs as an aboriginal student, domestic student, international student, or a student living in residence. You can even register your parents for an orientation that includes a workshop and campus tour.

Academic Support

  • Peer mentors are a great resource — ask questions and learn from students who've been there, done that.
  • The Library's Writing and Research Centre can help you articulate your ideas. Pursue your research in a range of subject areas and scholarly genres including essay writing, grammar, presentation skills, punctuation, thesis development, and coursework.
  • Familiarize yourself with campus resources designed to help you succeed. Student Services offers a variety of academic supports, from study sessions to tutoring and writing workshops.


Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and stay active—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness Centre, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes, and varsity athletics.

Learn more at Sports and Recreation, which includes links to fitness facilities, sport clubs, intramurals and recreation programs, as well as the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat varsity teams that compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.

Clubs and Associations

  • Make friends with similar interests, attend events, and explore career options in the Theatre Course Union.
  • Branch out, get involved in student life, and have fun by joining a campus club or association.

  • Living in Residence

    Meet new people while living in a study-oriented environment with easy access to academic and personal support.

    UBC Okanagan offers modern residence living surrounded by hiking and biking trails. One of the newest residences, Purcell, features a rooftop patio that offers a panoramic view of the campus and the Okanagan Valley.

    Find out more about living in residence.

    The Okanagan: What to Expect

    UBC's Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people - the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.

    More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna's cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

    UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.

    A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

    Explore the Okanagan lifestyle.


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