Why study Theatre

Why study in Theatre?

Theatre is a fundamental and always pertinent mode of expression of Canada's cultural identities, whether Francophone or Anglophone. As a multidisciplinary art form, theatre includes playwriting, acting, directing, as well as the various technical specializations that allow for its practice. As a living art form, it embraces theoretical modes of thinking, and is nourished by multiple historical traditions. Contemporary practice is defined by these very dynamics. Theatre, more than ever, is the crossroad of formal and aesthetic research.

Student profile

  • Vitality
  • Creativity
  • Visionary spirit
  • Communication and leadership skills

The road to a rich and fulfilling career!

In the Globe and Mail, Antonia Maioni, President of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, states that Arts graduates are best prepared for the unexpected. The B.A. programs help students develop critical thinking and creative skills required to succeed in current and future job markets. According to her, B.A. students gain practical and cross-disciplinary knowledge. The juxtaposed viewpoints they study throughout their undergraduate degree prepare them to tackle today’s complex challenges. Read more.

BA in Theatre : An Intelligent Choice

Jean-Marc Mangin, the Executive Director of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, shares his reflections on the changing BA and its growing pertinence in today's and tomorrow's job market. He explains how, in a rapidly changing and fast-paced environment, BA programs have adapted their curriculum in order to better prepare students to the challenges and realities they will face in the job market. The proliferation of cross-disciplinary degrees will help students to be ready for the unexpected. Read more.

Learning to learn and adapt

In a world where the traditional career path will soon disappear, it is more important to "learn how to learn and adapt" than to train for an actual job that will disappear within the lifespan of the worker.

Brian Sibley explains how his college degree in theatre helped him in a practical way when he got a job in the real world, by giving him advanced critical thinking and problem solving skills, as well as a versatility and a flexibility that many people underestimate. Read more.

Theatre, drama are vital for building Skills, learning to learn and adapt

The Chronicle of Higher Education featured a piece on how studying theatre at the postsecondary level remains a vital place of discussion and debate in today’s high ed landscape. The article highlights the many benefits of theatre, including the development of creativity, communication, and conflict resolution skills. But theatre may also hold benefits for students looking to learn English, as outlined by a study released by Brock University this week. Former graduate student Angelica Galante and Associate Professor of Linguistics Ron Thomson charted the progress of 24 adolescents taking a four-month, drama-based English program in Brazil, and found that these students were more effective communicating with native English speakers than a control group. Thomson suggests that this success of this method stems from having students inhabit their “second language identity” more fully.”

Employment and Wages Strong Results for Faculty of Arts Graduates

A recent study conducted by Dr. Ross Finnie and his colleagues at the University of Ottawa’s Education Policy Research Initiative (EPRI) shows strong and positive labour market earning patterns for graduates of the Faculty of Arts.




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