You are now in the main content area

Performance: Acting (BFA)

A student wearing motion capture gear while another students assists them in putting the gear on.

The Performance program at The Creative School is now offering students the opportunity to learn 21st-century skills in motion capture training and voiceover acting as a way to launch students into booming video game acting careers. Leading the way is instructor and established actor Ivan Sherry, an expert in the field of video game performance with numerous AAA video game acting credits that include the last five Assassin’s Creeds — video game developer Ubisoft’s most popular franchise.

Read more: Motion capture training to launch careers in booming video game sector

Is It for You?

Join one of Canada’s premier acting conservatory programs in a university environment. Here you’ll train with talented actors from diverse backgrounds and be ready for the industry as changemakers of the future. This is a creative place where hard work and courage help you to become your best self as an actor, artist and human. It’s an intersectional place where your unique strengths and talents are identified and invested in, and a dedicated place where faculty sustain you through all aspects of your training — from performance opportunities to personal wellbeing to industry connections. You’ll build your artistry in acting through a deepened understanding of theory, text analysis, technique, movement and voice for a wide variety of performance opportunities. You’ll also learn the business side of performance and gain a global perspective as you work with internationally acclaimed guest directors and professional companies. You’ll do it all in the heart of Toronto, home to the third-largest English language theatre district in the world and a North American hot spot for television and film production.

 Faculty
The Creative School

 Program Format(s)
Full Time: Four Year

 Degree Earned
Bachelor of Fine Arts

 Minimum Grade Range

 Non-Academic Requirements
Audition/interview, personal statement, photograph

 Experiential Learning
Studio and public performances

Stay Connected with Our Community

Our student ambassadors are on board to give you a taste of all that Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) has to offer. Learn about the city of Toronto, transitioning to university, the student experience and more!

Two students smiling sitting behind a laptop

What You Need to Know

 Thinking of applying? Make sure the program is still accepting applications.

*Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2023 admission/wait list consideration will be determined based on grades and qualifications presented by the applicant pool as they become available. Required grade ranges may fluctuate from year to year (up or down) as a result of competition. Applicants not educated in Ontario may present the equivalent of the Ontario requirements. TMU reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion.

Tuition and Fees 2022/2023

Domestic Ontario Students Fees Range: $7,103 - $7,821
Domestic Out-of-Province Students Fees Range: $7,600 - $8,328
International Fees Range: $31,841 - $32,453

For detailed fees information visit Tuition and Fees by Program.

Academic Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements.

Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher prerequisite grades and/or higher overall averages:

  • English/anglais (ENG 4U/EAE 4U preferred).
  • The minimum grade required in the subject prerequisite (normally in the 65-70% range) will be determined subject to competition.

Academic admission requirements for all other applicants are available at:
Admission Requirements.

Non-Academic Requirements

In addition to meeting competitive academic requirements, you are required to submit the following non-academic requirements. Your ability to follow and adhere to the requirements is part of the assessment of your application.

 Your non-academic requirements are due by February 1, 2023 or 10 business days from your application submission date, whichever comes later.

Submit a recent 8x10 photograph of yourself.

 Please save the image as a .pdf file and upload it per the submission instructions below.

Toronto Metropolitan University’s audition panel uses your personal statement to learn more about you as an individual and gain a sense of who you are beyond your application, transcript, and audition.

Please describe your artistic goals and why you have decided to become an actor. We are not asking for an academic essay, rather we are asking you to frankly share the heart of who you are and your creative ambitions in this personal statement. We encourage you to write about your relationship to performance and why you think it’s necessary to perform in today’s world. Consider pointing towards your passion for people, community, politics, different forms of art, or anything that is of great importance to you. We want to see YOU in your writing.

Your statement should be 400 words, typed and in English. It must be your own original work.

 Please save your personal statement as a .pdf file.

Stage 1: Online Audition

Use YouTube or Vimeo to show us your work. Please provide a link to your work in a .pdf file and upload this file (see Submission Instructions below). Ensure the link does not expire. Make the link public or be sure to include the password in your .pdf file. Confirm that your link works. Your application will not be considered if the link you provide does not work.

You are to include Speech A and Speech B (see below) in one video. Introduce each speech with your full name, pronouns if it is safe for you to do so, age, and the name of the high school or last program you attended. Include the name of the play the speech is from, the writer of the speech, and the name of the character you are playing (if applicable).

  • Background: If possible, choose a wide-open space that you can move around in for your speech. Some people find a neutral background useful.
  • Lighting: Try to ensure that you are lit in such a manner to avoid stark contrast and dark shadows. 
  • Sound: Please check your digital recording to make sure that you can be heard.
  • Size of shot: Use a full shot for your poetic speech and full or medium shot for your contemporary speech. Please refrain from using close-up shots. 
  • Length: Your video should be no longer than five minutes. The panel may stop watching if your recording exceeds this time. 

We encourage you to use the full capacity of your body and to move freely within the architecture of your space when making your digital recordings.

Speech A – Poetic Monologue (approximately 2 minutes)

The audition piece should be in poetic form using heightened language. This is a piece in which words are chosen for their sound and suggestive power as opposed to a naturalistic speech. While it need not be originally written in English, we ask that you perform an English translation for your poetic monologue. There is no boundary in time period, culture, or form (as long as it’s poetic) in which you choose this speech from. For example, Shakespeare, Tang Zianzu, Kate Tempest, Aleshea Harris, The Mahabharata, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Joseph A. Dandurand are all appropriate choices.

Speech B – Contemporary Monologue (approximately 2 minutes)

The contemporary piece should provide a clear contrast to your poetic piece. It ideally uses naturalistic speech and was written after 1960.

Speech C - Alternative Contemporary Speech (approximately 2 minutes)

We request that you have an alternative contemporary speech prepared for Stage 3. You may or may not be asked to share this alternative speech.

 The same parameters of Speech B apply.

 Stage 2: Call-Back Audition

Only select applicants will receive an invitation (by email) to participate in a call-back audition. 

The call-back will occur on campus with the audition panel. For those who live out of province, arrangements can be made for the call-back to occur on Google Meet or Zoom. Further details will be provided in an invitation.

You will be asked to repeat Speech A and Speech B. 

You will also be required to sing a short unaccompanied song (one chorus only). 

There may be a short interview component of the call-back, where we try to learn more about you beyond what you shared in your speeches and personal statement.

 Final Stage: Workshop Day

Candidates who are successful in Stage 2, will be invited to participate in an in-person workshop weekend with other applicants to the program.

There will be two Final Workshop dates for two different callback groups:

  • Saturday, April 1, 2023 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 15, 2023 from 10 a.m. - 5p.m.

The workshop will utilize Speech B from earlier rounds. We may ask to see Speech C. The workshop will include opportunities to get to know other applicants, faculty, and a student from the program. You will work individually, in pairs, in groups, and as an ensemble. Training may include sessions in movement, voice, performance creation, and redirection of your speech. It is our hope that the workshop will be relaxed and fun for all applicants. We want you to have a rewarding experience regardless of the outcome.

The non-academic requirements assessment fee is $50 CDN and must be paid in order for your submission to be reviewed. Here’s how to pay:

  1. Access your ChooseTMU Applicant Portal account (instructions to access the portal can be found below under Submission Instructions).

  2. Click on the button to link to the eForms Centre.

    eForms Centre button highlighted in the applicant portal account
  3. Next, click on the eForms Centre tile.

    eForms Center tile indicated at bottom-left corner of Student Homepage
  4. Then click on the Non-Academic Fee Form link.

    Non-Academic Fee Form indicated on left navigation of eForms Center page

Applicants are required to submit all components of their non-academic requirements via the ChooseTMU Applicant Portal. Due to the volume of applications received and our system performance, we strongly encourage you to submit your documents well in advance of the noted deadlines.

Admission decisions are provided via the ChooseTMU Applicant Portal. The selection committee’s decision on admission is final. Unfortunately re-evaluation/reassessment of the non-academic requirements or individual feedback will not be available. Consider seeking feedback from a teacher or mentor who knows you more deeply than we can in our short time together.

Here’s how to access your ChooseTMU Applicant Portal account:

  1. Get your TMU Student Number in the email acknowledgement of your application
  2. Activate your TMU Online Identity. Fill in the Activation Form on the Accounts website. When asked for your Student/Applicant ID, enter your nine-digit TMU Student Number. Keep a record of your user name and password
  3. 24 hours after activating your TMU Online Identity, visit the ChooseTMU Applicant Portal

Instructions on how to upload documents, as well as common questions and answers, can be found on our Ready to Submit Your Documents? web page.

If you are applying for readmission or reinstatement, you may not be required to submit non-academic requirements. You must inform Undergraduate Admissions of your intentions.

 Contact ServiceHub at 416-979-5036 and ask to speak with the admissions officer by February 1, 2023, or 10 business days from your application submission date (whichever comes later).

After Graduation

Access various creative and business opportunities through practical experience and artistic knowledge, including acting for stage, film, or television; arts administration, trade and industrial shows; or become an educator or entrepreneur. You may work as an actor, casting director, acting coach, or director. Or, pursue graduate studies in the arts.

Virtual Tour

Explore Toronto Metropolitan University's unique urban campus in the heart of downtown Toronto from the comfort of your own home!