SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts is based in Vancouver, Canada. The school offers an innovative interdisciplinary program within a multi-campus university. It is situated in an ultramodern facility in the downtown core of the city. Specialized in providing a dynamic learning environment, the studio classes in dance, film, music, theatre and visual art are taught by practicing artists. Critical courses in art, culture and film are taught by scholars who engage students with the historical, philosophical and political contexts of the arts. SCA’s goal is to equip students with the skills, discipline, flexibility, creativity, understanding and acumen to excel in the arts on a global stage.

Dean Lastoria
New Student Advisor

Students applying for Dance, Film, Music, Theatre, or Visual Art BFAs will participate in an additional application process for entry into the School for the Contemporary Arts. Depending on the Area, the audition, interview or portfolio review will occur TBA. Please see below.

Please contact us to find about about alternative options if travel to Vancouver is not an option.

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.

US college or university transfer students can find the admission requirements here.

Admission from the US: high school students

Applicants studying at an accredited US high school/American international school will be considered on a combination of factors, including senior academic courses, test scores, and advanced academic course work (International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, honours, etc.).

General Requirements:

- English admission requirement
- Quantitative skills requirement
- Graduation from an accredited high school
SAT I score of 1550 out of 2400 or ACT Composite score of 22 
(SAT institution sending code: 0999; ACT institution sending code: 5374)
- Minimum of three senior level academic subjects

For full details, please go to the main SFU Admissions page for US students HERE

Admission from the US: college / university transfer students

You must have successfully completed 24 units of transferable post-secondary course work and may transfer up to a maximum of 60 units toward your degree program. If you have completed fewer than 24 units, you will be required to meet the high school admission requirements.

For full details, please go to the main SFU Admissions page for US students HERE

University Application

Step 1: Apply to SFU  |  APPLY NOW
Step 2: Follow the steps listed HERE
Step 3: You will be contacted by a representative from the School for the Contemporary Arts to discuss the additional requirements (i.e. audition, interview or porfolio) and make arrangements.

Application for Fall 2017

The application deadline for the 2017 Fall Semester for all students is February 28, 2017. Most of our programs have secondary application deadlines prior to this. 


Entry is by audition. Auditions will take place Friday, December 9, Friday, February 17, or Monday, April 10, 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



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 15. 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



Prospective Music students from high school must complete a Music Theory Placement Test. There will be multiple sittings of the exam from December to March.

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.

SCA Music Placement Exam
Please contact ca@sfu.ca for an individual sitting time for the music placement exam. 


Theatre: Performance

Prospective Performance students will audition in-person locally on December 10 + 11 and April 8 + 9, as well as December 12 in Calgary and December 14 in Toronto. Please email ca@sfu.ca to book your time locally and to find out more information about the audition times and locations for Calgary and Toronto.

Calgary Auditions
Monday December 12  4:30-8:30pm 
at Lunchbox Theatre
160 9 Ave SE, Calgary

Toronto Auditions
Wednesday December 14  4:30-8:30pm 
at Pia Bouman School For Ballet & Creative Movement
6 Noble St, Toronto.

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.


Theatre: Production and Design

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

Production and Design Questionnaire – High school  |  Post secondary


Visual Art

All prospective Visual Art students’ portfolios will be due January 1 (Extended) or March 10. 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


Art, Performance and Cinema Studies

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

Art, Performance and Cinema Studies Questionnaire – All Applicants 


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Dean Lastoria

Dean Lastoria

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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

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