FALL 2018

Program entry for all levels for Dance, Film, Music, Theatre, or Visual Art BFAs is by audition, interview or portfolio each Spring. Depending on the Area, the audition, interview or portfolio review will occur from February to April. Entry into Art, Performance and Cinema Studies is based on GPA only. As our programs are cohort based, students usually start our programs in the Fall. Those interested in January or May start dates should contact us for a review of the specific details.

  

ADMISSIONS TO SFU

The application deadline for the 2018 Fall Semester for all students is February 28, 2018.

Most of our programs have secondary application deadlines prior to this. 

Upcoming Tours

SCA Tour: Tues., October 3 at 4:30pm (meet in the lobby of SFU at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts)

FPA is now CA

As of September 2017, all Contemporary Arts classes have changed code from FPA to CA. If you have been advised to take a class with an FPA prefix, please take the class with the CA prefix. It is the same class.

Apply to SFU First

Students for Dance, Film, Music, Theatre, or Visual Art must have applied to SFU prior to the Audition/Interview/Portfolio process. This does not mean that you must be admitted to SFU... you probably won’t be admitted yet and that’s OK. Shortly after you fill out the SFU Admissions form, you will be given a 9-digit reference number (eg. 303333333) and you will need that to take the next step in the process.

Grades
SFU Admissions will post a competitive GPA for admission each semester. The School for the Contemporary Arts will take students' Audition/Interview/Portfolio into account in the application process and make recommendations to Admissions where appropriate. Our School expects students in our majors to maintain a 3.0 Program GPA during the course of their studies at SFU. That is a B average in all Contemporary Arts (CA) courses.

Dance

Entry is by audition. Auditions will take place Friday, February 16 and Monday, April 16, all days beginning at 9am. Please e-mail ca@sfu.ca to book your time.

It is a full day with a class in the morning and an interview in the afternoon. It is strongly recommended that you attend the audition, but if you cannot attend, please contact Dean Lastoria (lastoria@sfu.ca) to discuss your options. 

Audition by Video Instructions – ALL LEVELS

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Film

The process to apply for the Film program is a questionnaire followed by an interview. Film questionnaires can be submitted by either January 15 or April 1. A phone or in-person interview will follow later based on a review of the questionnaire. Please note, unsuccessful applicants who have submitted their questionnaires in January will be reconsidered in April so there is no need to re-submit.

Film Questionnaire – ALL LEVELS

Based on the results of the submitted questionnaire, a phone or in-person interview will follow later for approximately half the students who have applied. Find out more about the program: Film FAQ

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Music

Entry to music is by Questionnaire, which can be submitted by either January 15 or April 1. After Questionnaires are reviewed, prospective students will be contacted about a possible music theory placement test.

If you are from outside the BC Lower Mainland, we can send the test to teachers or counselors who would be willing to supervise a 45 minute test, or if you have post-secondary music credit and extensive composition experience, please contact lastoria@sfu.ca for information on submitting a portfolio for a placement assessment.

Music QuestionnaireHERE

SCA Music Placement Exam

Please contact ca@sfu.ca for an individual sitting time for the music placement exam. 

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Theatre: Performance

Prospective Performance students will audition in-person December 9 & 10 and Spring TBA. Please email ca@sfu.ca to book your time locally and to find out more information about the audition times.

Students from high school, or without post-secondary theatre courses, will audition for entry into the first year of the program; students with post-secondary theatre transfer credit will audition for entry into the second year of the program. It is strongly recommended that you attend the audition, but if you cannot attend, please contact Dean Lastoria (LASTORIA@SFU.CA) to discuss your options.

Click here for Theatre Performance Program Instructions for Exceptional Audition by Video.

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Theatre: Production and Design

All prospective Production and Design students will submit an online questionnaire either January 15 or April 1.

Production and Design Questionnaire – High school  |  Post secondary

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Visual Art

All prospective Visual Art students’ portfolios will be due January 15 or April 1. Students will be interviewed after submitting a PDF portfolio with images and written responses. Please note, unsuccessful applicants who have submitted their portfolios in January will be reconsidered in March, so there is no need to re-submit.

Visual Arts Questionnaire – High school  |  Post secondary

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Art, Performance and Cinema Studies

Prospective students can submit a questionnaire by either January 15 or April 1.

Art, Performance and Cinema Studies Questionnaire – All Applicants 

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Staff Profile

Dean Lastoria

Dean Lastoria

New Students and Retention

Dean has worked at SFU for 20 years in various roles including Admissions, Operations, and Continuing Studies. He has advised Contemporary Arts students for 10… More

Alumni Reflections

"The music program at Simon Fraser University is absolutely unique and absolutely the way of the future. Forward-thinking in the extreme, its finger is right on the pulse of the art world today: perfect for a learning creative mind. Its innovation is only matched by its openness – during my time there, I was only ever encouraged to dream big, and it's because of the motivation and inspiration from my wonderful teachers that I've accomplished what I have. The school is just 'different' – ask any artist and they will tell you that's a very, very good thing." 

James O'Callaghan (BFA Music 2010) and Composer in Residence for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada

sca works

  • SFU Film Grad Trailer 2012
  • Visual Art  - 2nd Annual Campus Project - Image Gallery
  • Here Be Dragons - Non Plus Ultra
  • Videognome - 2013 SFU Film GRAD TRAILER - YouTube