Program entry for all levels for Dance, Film, Music, Theatre Performance, Theatre Production & Design, and Visual Art BFAs is by audition, interview, or portfolio. Depending on the Program Area, the audition, interview, or portfolio review will occur from January to April. Entry into the Art, Performance & Cinema Studies is based on a questionnaire. Please scroll down for Program Area-specific information, instructions, and documents.
The SCA offers cohort based programs in Dance, Film, Music, Theatre Performance, Theatre Production & Design, Visual Art, and Art, Performance & Cinema Studies. This means that students work with the same group or cohort of students for (usually) four years, starting in the Fall term of each year. For this reason, our entry process is limited to Fall term (September) entry for our Majors. Though SFU can admit you for the Spring term, and we can find some useful courses for you to take, we are not able to accept portfolios or questionnaires or run auditions for Spring term (January) entry.
When you apply to SFU you are asked to declare an “intended major,” and if SFU Admissions does admit you, it is only as an “intended major” – you haven't been officially accepted into a Major program yet. The decision about acceptance into a SCA Major program is made in February through April for the Fall term (2021). To review, this means that the processes of application and admission into SFU and the application and acceptance to the SCA are made up of several steps:
- Application to SFU
- Application to the SCA
- Admission to SFU (with intended Major) and acceptance to the SCA (entry is limited to the Fall term for our Majors)
As the steps above show, after (1.) applying first to SFU and (2.) applying to the SCA second, the processes (3.) for possible admission to SFU and acceptance to the SCA begin to run in parallel. This might seem confusing, but it shouldn't be: the two processes are in fact separate, but related. It's possible to be admitted to SFU and not accepted into the SCA, and it's also even possible to be accepted into the SCA and not admitted to SFU. A fully successful application process has only one outcome: Students are only accepted to the SCA if they have BOTH received an email from the SCA accepting them (limited to the Fall term for our Majors) AND if they have been officially admitted to SFU.
If you have applied to a Major program in the SCA, please wait for our official acceptance notification, which we will send via email. Again, notification of admission from SFU Admissions or The Faculty of Communication, Art & Technology (FCAT), the faculty the SCA is part of, does not count as acceptance to the SCA. We will also notify unsuccessful applicants to the SCA.
Our two-part online application form for submission to our programs for Fall 2021 is now open. If you have any questions about starting classes in the Spring or Summer, please contact the SCA's New Students Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admissions to SFU
The application deadline for the 2021 Fall Semester at SFU for all students is January 31, 2021. You can find SFU's Admissions Requirements HERE and you can Apply to SFU online HERE. Most of the SCA's programs have secondary application deadlines prior to this. Please see below for area-specific instructions and documents and a link to Apply to the SCA online.
SCA Friday Tours
Due to COVID-19, our tours are on hold. Please check back for updates.
We're holding SCA student-lead tours of SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts every Friday at 2:30 p.m., meeting in the lobby. Sign up for a date of your choice– and remember to bring your questions about the SCA.