Design for Performing Arts

Application to the MFA in Theatre is a three step process:

STEP ONE: Online Application – The below application materials can all be submitted online.

  • Application for Graduate Admission & Application Fee

Once your application has been processed, you'll be able to upload the following application materials:

  • Supplementary Program Information Form
  • Three Professional Letters of Reference
  • Resume
  • Statement of Interest which briefly describe your present interests and directions in theatre. Discuss how you feel that the MFA Theatre program will contribute to your career plans and artistic goals. Indicate related interests in the arts and sciences or other fine arts disciplines. (1–2 pages)

STEP TWO: Transcripts – Once you have submitted your online application, you should submit transcripts. Note you do not have to wait until all of your online application materials are submitted to submit transcripts.
The University requires one original, official copy of all post-secondary transcripts and should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions from the issuing institution:

By Regular Mail:
York University
Office of Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box GA2300
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON
Canada M3J 1P3
By Courier:
York University
Office of Graduate Admissions
W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
99 Ian MacDonald Blvd
Toronto, ON
Canada M3J 1P3

STEP THREE: Audition + Stream–Specific Audition Materials – Each stream requires an audition/evaluation.  We will be contacting candidates for evaluations and interviews to take place in late February to mid March 2017.  You will be contacted after your application has been received to schedule your evaluation.

Design -

  •  $50.00 Audition Fee (payable by cash)
  • Design Portfolio (Other visual documentation of candidate’s work in theatre or other fields (DVD or paper)
  • Other visual materials as applicable

Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission are expected to have:

  • an honours four-year BA or BFA degree with a minimum “B” average in theatre


  •  an ordinary three-year degree in theatre with a minimum “B” average and a minimum of three years' additional theatre or related experience

However, exceptions may be made for applicants with significant professional experience.