Friday, October 21, 2011

Douglas College partners to launch Bachelor of Performing Arts degree


Watch a short video of Marcus Youssef describing the new Bachelor of Performing Arts program.  

If your goal is to become a professional performing artist, arts manager, administrator or entrepreneur, or if you plan to do graduate studies in the performing arts, have we got a program for you! Douglas College has partnered with Capilano University, Langara College and Vancouver Community College to offer a Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA) degree – the first of its kind in Canada – beginning in May 2012.

Designed for students and working professionals with a significant background in dance, music, film arts, stagecraft, theatre, arts and entertainment management, musical theatre or digital media, the nine-month program focuses on collaboration, entrepreneurship and creative development.

“It’s the kind of real-world training that is too often neglected in performing arts programs,” says Marcus Youssef, special appointee project manager to the BPA program and artistic director of Neworld Theatre, in Vancouver. “Nowhere else in the country have four academic arts institutions partnered to offer a cross-disciplinary performing arts degree that has, at its heart, a commitment to collaboration and self-generation. These are elements which we believe are crucial to young artists’ future success.”

The first BPA cohort will begin classes in May 2012 at Capilano University. Early applications are now being accepted; the final application deadline is Jan. 10.

If you're interested in this program, join Marcus for a special information session. It's on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 6-8pm, Room 2690B at the New Westminster Campus of Douglas College. Please RSVP by email.

For more information on the program see capilanou.ca/bpa. If you have specific questions about the program, please email Marcus.

Read more about the BPA program in the Vancouver Sun and Royal City Record!