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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: brocku.ca/admissions/apply

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 2022.

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. *Please note the in-person 2022 DART Invitational has been cancelled, please contact the Department of Dramatic Arts at dramatic@brocku.ca to book a virtual 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.

IMPORTANT UPDATE:

Due to on-going public health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the  interest of student and staff safety, the in-person 2022 DART Invitational has been  cancelled. Candidates must complete the mandatory virtual interview with the Department of Dramatic Arts as part of the application process.

Please contact the Department of Dramatic Arts at dramatic@brocku.ca to book a virtual interview.


The DART Invitational is part of the admissions process for students interested in entering the Department of Dramatic Arts (DART) at Brock University. Applicants for the Dramatic Arts and BA/BEd Intermediate-Senior (Dramatic Arts) programs must register in and successfully complete the DART Invitational before an admissions decision is made.

This exciting, full day of workshops will introduce you to all of the facets of theatre study that 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. This allows you to walk away with some introductory skills, an original piece of theatre you’ve created with peers and the opportunity to engage with many of our faculty, staff, current students and alumni.

 How much does it cost?    

The DART Invitational event has a registration fee of $80, which includes materials, snacks, refreshments and lunch. There is no cost for the Dramatic Arts Invitational Interview.

International applicants and applicants who live further than 500 km from Niagara

You are invited to contact the department to schedule an alternate Invitational experience.

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

Contact the Department of Dramatic Arts at dramatic@brocku.ca to book a personal alternate interview.

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 dramatic@brocku.ca
For questions related to the admissions process, including minimum academic requirements for entry, please contact our Admissions Office at futurestudent@brocku.ca

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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