Course Sequence - Honours BA in Theatre

Welcome to centre stage! From practice to theory, from performance to reception, the Department of Theatre offers training in most aspects of theatre and prepares students for a career of creative expression and intellectual stimulation. We teach acting, directing, playwriting, arts administration, dramaturgy, theatre history, production, technical theatre and design as well as theory and aesthetics. When it comes to practice, opportunities abound: the Department produces up to twenty-five original productions a season.


The Theatre program at the University of Ottawa leads to an honours bachelor’s degree, which requires the equivalent of four years of university studies and 120 credits (40 courses).

Bachelor’s degrees

  • Honours BA in Theatre FI
  • Honours BA with Major in Theatre FI
  • Introduction to Acting profile
  • Theory profile
  • Education profile
  • Arts Administration profile
  • Theatre Studies profile


  • Minor in Theatre

FI French Immersion Studies available

Language of instruction

Programs are offered in English or in French. Certain courses required for the Honours with Specialization program are bilingual.


  • Actor
  • Director/Administrator
  • Artistic director
  • Theatre or drama teacher
  • Stage manager
  • Production Manager

What can I do with my studies? ( is a tool that provides information on career opportunities in theatre.




1 This course has variable themes.  Students may take this course twice
2 Students who wish to audition for the courses required by the Introduction to Acting profile should register for THE2122 in their second year.
3 A practical course in theatre production involving substantial responsibilities in four areas of theatrical practice. Specific requirements regarding procedures for the allocation, execution and evaluation of these production assignments may be obtained from the Department. Completion of requirements for the course normally takes more than one session.

3 credits = 1 course

  Total 1st year 2nd year 3rd year 4th year

120 credits 

(40 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

Core courses

12 credits

(4 courses)

ENG1100 Workshop in Essay Writing

3 credits from: 
PHI1101 Reasoning and Critical Thinking 
PHI1301 Philosophy: Ideas and Arguments 

3 credits from:

AHL1100 Introduction to  interdisciplinary study in the Arts 1
AHL1900 Initiation aux études interdisciplinaires en Arts / Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts 1
ENG1120  Literature and Composition I: Prose Fiction 
ENG1121  Literature and Composition II: Drama and Poetry  

3 credits from:

AHL1100 Introduction to  interdisciplinary study in the Arts 1
AHL1900 Initiation aux études interdisciplinaires en Arts / Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts 1
PHI1102 Moral reasoning
PHI1103 Fundamental Philosophical Questions
PHI1104 Great Philosophers
PHI1302 Philosophy: Themes and Texts 




First module Theatre

60 credits

(20 courses)

THE1100 Introduction to the Practice of Theatre: Onstage

THE1101 Introduction to the Practice of Theatre: Backstage

THE2100 The Theatrical Event 
THE2111 Introduction to Acting
THE2123 Principles of Play Analysis
THE2131 Theatre History I
THE2132 Theatre History II
THE2150 Technical Theatre I

THE3121 Theatre Production3
THE3132 Theory of Theatrical Event
THE3152 Technical Theatre II
THE3310 Selected topics in Theatre Studies
THE3347 Theatre in English Canada
3 credits from: 2
THE2122 Fundamental Techniques of Voice and Movement
THE3111 Principles of Play Direction

THE4123 Practice of Dramaturgy

3 credits from:
THE4151 Theatre Research
THE4333 Theatre Criticism

12 credits from list A

Second module Minor

0 or 30 credits

(0 or 10 courses)

Optional minor added after first year.

Students have the option of adding a minor (30 credits) in any of a number of disciplines offered at the Telfer School of Management or at the faculties of Arts, Engineering, Science, Health Sciences or Social Sciences.
Note that secondary school prerequisite courses may be required for the second program.


18 or 48 credits

(6 or 16 courses)

In the minor option, students must take 18 elective credits (6 courses)
In all other cases, students must take 48 elective credits (16 courses)



THE3126 Classical Repertoire
THE3141 Realistic Acting
THE3524 Diction et lecture
THE3528 Jeu classique
THE3746 Le théâtre au Canada français
THE4111 Practice of Stage Direction
THE4122 Non-Realistic 20th Century Acting
THE4311 Sound and Lighting
THE4315 Scenography
THE4525 Jeu moderne et contemporain
THE4919 Shakespeare rencontre Molière / Shakespeare Meets Molière
THE4922 Travail dirigé en jeu / Special Study in Acting
THE4930 Régie / Stage Management
THE4960 Administration théâtrale / Theatre Administration
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