All prospective students are encouraged to apply and will be considered on the basis of marks and audition. The Dramatic Arts program is limited in its enrollment.

Applying to the Dramatic Arts program

All applicants should see this webpage for more information about application to Brock University:

Domestic students must apply via the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) and be accepted by Brock University. Acceptance is based on grades and meeting prerequisite subject requirements.  Co-op applicants are assessed in the same manner as all other applicants and are not required to submit any supplementary forms. Your application will be reviewed and if successful a conditional offer of admission will be made as early as December. Successful applicants will be invited to the DART Invitational Interview (online) to be scheduled from February to May 2021.

For details about the Invitational Interview for Domestic applicants please see this document.

In the event public health guidelines permit us to invite applicants to the Marilyn I. Walker campus in downtown St. Catharines, we will plan for the DART Invitational Event for those wishing to have an in person experience. Details will be posted on this page as soon as they are available:

International applicants AND applicants who reside more than 500 km from the university:

  1. International students: You must apply to Brock University.  Domestic students, please see above.
  2. You are invited to contact the department to schedule an Invitational Interview.  Whereas most applicants wait for a conditional offer of admission you are invited to contact us as soon as possible. This may include the submission of:

• a video portfolio,
• an interview by Skype or similar,
• a letter of reference,
• the assignments we ask students to complete at the DART Invitational.

For details please consult this document.

Contact the Department of Dramatic Arts at to book an Invitational Interview.

Please remember that the notice from the Department of the successful completion of the Invitational Interview is not the same thing as an offer of admission.  You must still receive an offer of admission from the University.

Please note that the number of offers of admission we can offer to the program is limited. Please also note that students may additionally be required to audition in order to proceed in certain performance courses in their second through fourth years of study.

The DART Invitational is part of the admissions process for students interested in entering the Department of Dramatic Arts (DART) at Brock University. Successful applicants for the Dramatic Arts and BA/BED Intermediate-Senior (Dramatic Arts) programs will be invited to register and complete the DART Invitational before an admissions decision is made.

An admission decision will be made after you successfully complete the Invitational.

For 2021, we have adapted the process to be consistent with public health guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We will schedule DART Invitational online Interviews for February to May 2021. 

In the event public health guidelines permit us to invite applicants to campus we will plan for the DART Invitational Event for those wishing to have an in person experience.

The DART Invitational is an exciting, full day event of workshops that will introduce you to all facets of theatre study our program offers – from drama in education and applied theatre, to production and design, to performance and theatre praxis. Whereas most drama programs ask you to prepare a classical monologue and give you a two-minute opportunity to “impress the judges,” we will be taking you through a series of workshops and theatre activities that introduce you to our four unique concentration areas and which will allow you to complete the day with some introductory skills.  You’ll work in a group to devise a short, original piece of theatre, and engage with many of our faculty, staff, current students and alumni.

To find out more about the DART Invitational visit the Invitational and FAQ pages.  

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about the Invitational process. Questions should be directed to the Chair of Dramatic
Arts at
For questions related to the admissions process, including minimum academic requirements for entry, please contact our Admissions Office at

Scholarships, bursaries and awards

In addition to the Scholarships, Bursaries, and Awards available to all incoming and continuing students at Brock University, the Department of Dramatic Arts offers a selection of need-based bursaries as well as awards for academic and community excellence. These include:

  • Amadeus Book Prize
  • Arthur Dalfen Scholarship for the Fine and Performing Arts
  • Distinguished Graduating Student Award – Dramatic Arts
  • Dramatic Arts Scholarship in Academic and Creative Achievement
  • Elizabeth Miller Bursary
  • F. Janet Dolman Prize in Playwrighting
  • General Brock Soiree Scholarship for the Marilyn I Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts
  • J. H. and J. F. Harding Prize in Dramatic Literature and Theatre
  • Jane Forrest Prize in Dramatic and Theatre Arts
  • Janet Murray MacKenzie Memorial Scholarship
  • Jean Harding Prize
  • L. Amy Kerr Book Prize
  • Marilyn I. Walker Textile Art Award
  • Marlene Moser Memorial Scholarship (new for 2011)
  • M.E. and L.E. Miller Prize in Drama and Theatre Arts
  • Mike Holmes Heron Memorial Bursary
  • Norah Morgan Book Prize for Drama in Education
  • Rosemary Drage Hale Scholarship in the Fine and Performing Arts
  • Theatre Students and Alumni Book Prize for Theatre
  • Warren Hartman Bursary – Theatre/Dramatic Literature

Canadian Dramatic Arts students of black ancestry should also check out the Branscombe Family Foundation Bursaries.
You can find more information for all of these awards using the search engine below.

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For a complete list of Dramatic Arts-related and other university awards use this search engine