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We'll begin accepting applications for fall 2017 admission on October 1, 2016.

BA and BFA in Dance 2017-18

Application Forms: All applicants to the BA and BFA Dance degree program must complete an online audition application form by Feb. 14, 2017. Any audition materials received after Feb. 14, 2017 will not be considered (with the exception of video auditions submitted via DVD, which must be received by the Division of Dance by Feb. 19, 2017). Reference letters are not used in the audition process and will not be considered. Transcripts do not accompany the audition form, but must be sent directly from the applicant's institution to the University of Calgary Admissions Office.

Audition: After submitting a general application to the University of Calgary Admissions Office and an audition application form to the Division of Dance, all applicants will be expected to audition, either in-person or by video submission. Auditions are conducted by the BA/BFA Dance Committee and will be held on the University of Calgary campus on March 17 and 18, 2017.

In-Person Audition: The audition takes place over 2 days: Friday, March 17, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. All applicants must be prepared to attend both days. The audition includes technique classes (contemporary and jazz), structured improvisation, a dance composition assignment, and a short writing assignment. These activities will be performed in groups. Applicants do not need to prepare a solo or any other material, nor bring any music to the audition. Out of town applicants should plan to arrive the night before the first day of auditions.

Video Audition: Applicants who live more than 500 km outside of Calgary, or who cannot otherwise attend the in-person audition will be required to submit a video audition. The material on the audition video should be recent and not exceed 10 minutes in length. The video must include the following:

Part One – Personal Introduction (please use a close-up shot)

1. Your full name;
2. Description of what is included on the video, e.g. the sequence of events, the name of the choreographer.

Part Two – Performance

1. A warm-up sequence:
a. In the center: pliés; tendu or dégagé phrase; développé or grand battement phrase; leg swings; roll down and up the spine in profile;
b. Across the floor: walking; progressing from standing to the floor and back up in three unique ways across the floor; leaps.

2. A movement sequence that shows your ability to move through space using weight change, level change, and direction changes.

Format: Video Auditions may be submitted as Vimeo or YouTube links in your application, or as a DVD mailed to the SCPA. Additional details on video requirements and options for submission can be found here.

Clothing Requirements for In-Person and Video Auditions: Please wear close-fitting dance clothes to allow the jury to see full body movement; no sweats or baggy clothing. Contemporary Class is danced barefoot; jazz shoes for jazz class are optional. Hair should be tied back, and jewelry should be removed.

Parent Participation: Parents are invited to stay for the preliminary sign-in and for the welcome at the beginning of the audition, but are not able to stay for the audition. Parents are invited to return to attend the question and answer period at the end of the day.

Level of Expertise: Some previous dance training is expected in order to be accepted as a BA/BFA Dance student at the University of Calgary. Beginner dancers are encouraged to take 200-level non-major dance courses at the University of Calgary before auditioning, or seek quality dance training elsewhere. Training in contemporary dance is helpful but not expected of audition applicants.

Information: For further information about the audition or the program please contact danceug@ucalgary.ca

Bachelor of Music 2017-2018

Application Forms: After submitting a general application to the University of Calgary Admissions Office, students must submit a BMus audition application form to assist us in scheduling you in for an audition, as well as informing the division on your past musical experience/abilities. Reference letters are not required. 

Auditions: 

Auditions occur on March 3, 6, 7th 2017 at the Eckhardt-Grammatte Hall on the University of Calgary campus. Please note specific times will be assigned after the application deadline passes, but you will be able to see which day your instrument is planned for in the application.

Students are assessed on technique, performance, talent, potential, and musicality during their audition. In addition to repertoire performance, both sight-reading and scale playing may be included as part of the audition. Please review the audition repertoire suggestions for additional details.

Pianists and vocalists should be prepared to perform repertoire at the RCM Grade X level. All others should be prepared to perform repertoire at the RCM Grade VIII level. Students who have not reached the Grade VIII level but who have a serious interest in a career in music are encouraged to apply and to audition at the level of performance they have reached.

Accompanists: An accompanist 
will not be provided; you are encouraged to supply your own accompanist. If this is not possible please contact one of the accompanists listed on the audition repertoire suggestions at least two weeks prior to the audition. 

Applicants living more than 150 km from Calgary may submit a video audition. Video auditions may be submitted as Vimeo or YouTube links in your application, or as a DVD mailed to the SCPA. Additional details on video audition requirements and options for submission can be found here. If a video audition is submitted, the student may be required to perform a live audition upon arrival.

All application documents for in-person auditions must be submitted online by Feb. 20, 2017.
All application documents for video auditions must be submitted online by Feb. 20, 2017 (DVD audition videos must arrive at the Division of Music by Feb. 27, 2017). 

Each applicant will be notified by email with the exact day, time and location of their audition shortly after the application deadline.

Please review additional information available in our FAQs. If you still have questions, please email musicug@ucalgary.ca

Theory Requirements for All Music Students

Students applying to any Music program must provide proof of completion of Advanced Rudiments OR Level 8 Theory from the Royal Conservatory (ABRSM Level 5 will also be accepted). If you are applying for the BMus program, a photocopy of the examination certificate should be submitted with the BMus audition application form. If you are applying to the BA Music program, please email a copy of your certificate to musicug@ucalgary.ca and provide your name and UCID number.

Students who do not have this documentation or who have not taken any formal examinations will be required to do a music theory diagnostic exam on the day of the entrance auditions: March 3, 6 and 7, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (Room CHF 214). An exam will also be scheduled during the Fall block week (TBA). If you would like to take the examination, please email musicug@ucalgary.ca and provide your name, your UCID number, and which date you would like to write the exam.

The diagnostic exam will cover the following topics:

  • Rudiments (scales, key signatures, intervals, triads, seventh chords, meter & rhythm)
  • Transposition
  • Roman numeral analysis and identification of non-chord tones
  • Aural skills (identifying intervals and chord types, melodic dictation, error dictation)

YOU MUST RECEIVE A GRADE OF AT LEAST 70% TO PASS THIS EXAM.

A good book to assist with your preparation is Tonal Harmony by Stefan Kostka. It is available in the Taylor Family Digital Library. If you are in Calgary and would like to work with a tutor to prepare you for the exam, please contact the Music Undergraduate Society at undmusic@ucalgary.ca

The last method of satisfying the requirement is the completion of the course MUSI 209 "Introduction to Music Theory", it is offered in the Winter and Summer semesters each academic year. *Please note that this course often fills up quickly*.

Students who have not completed the theory requirement prior to September will not be able to take required courses MUSI 211 or 225.

Course Auditions

Dance Technique courses (DNCE 207, 209, 305, 307, 311, 313, 321, 323, 405, 407, 411, 413, 421, 423, 505, 507)

Fall semester courses: All students will be required to audition for dance technique courses scheduled for the Fall semester.

Winter semester courses: Students will not have to audition if they have taken the prerequisite course in the Fall semester immediately preceding the current Winter term (e.g. if you completed DNCE 321 in the Fall 2014 semester, then you will not have to audition for DNCE 323 in the Winter 2015 semester).

These technique courses are designed for BA Dance majors. For non-majors who wish to take advanced-level technique courses, you must attend the first day(s) of class and perform a group audition. If you are successful, you will be notified by the division and granted permission to register.

DRAM 301/302 and 400 (Senior Level Acting Courses) 

Senior level acting classes (DRAM 301/302 and 400) do require an audition, which are held in April.

To audition:

  • Sign up at the Undergraduate Program Admin's desk in the SCPA office (CHD100)
  • Pick up information hand out and an audition form
  • Read the information hand out
  • Hand in Statement of Intent, photo (for DRAM 301/302 and transfer students only) and audition form.

The auditions are open to students who have completed the previous level of acting, and require both solo and group work. Results are issued shortly after and access is opened for registration by the Undergraduate Program Administrator.

Please note that there will be no fall auditions. The deadline to apply is 4:00pm on April 14th, 2017.

DRAM 371 and 471 (Playwriting Courses)

DRAM 371: Interested students who do not have the prerequisites for the course may submit a portfolio application to the Instructor. The deadline is mid-August.
DRAM 471: All interested students will submit a portfolio application to the Instructor. The deadline is mid-December. 

Portfolios should include:

  • Writing Samples (no more than 15 pages) – something related to drama is preferred, but prose fiction, poetry, and essays will also be accepted
  • Letter of Intent expressing what writing experience you may have and why you are interested in studying playwriting

Performance Auditions

Dance

Dance Montage

Auditions for Dance Montage 2017 take place in September. More information will follow in the summer of 2017.

Mainstage Dance

Auditions for Mainstage Dance 2018 will take place in October 2017. More information will follow in the summer of 2017.

Mainstage Dance may be used as course credit through DNCE 397, 395 or 495. Please contact the Undergraduate Programs Administrator for more information.

Questions?
Email Oriana Pagnotta, Production Coordinator.

Dance @ Night

Auditions for Dance @ Night take place in September. More information will follow soon.

Drama

Mainstage drama auditions take place during the first week of September, and are run individually by the directors. The sign-up sheets are posted on on the call board outside of CHE 004. Drama auditions are open to all students across campus.

Taking Flight: Festival of Student Work

Auditions for Taking Flight occur in the first week of classes in January. Generally speaking students cast in the winter production cannot audition for the festival due to overlapping rehearsal/show periods. Students can participate in more than one Taking Flight piece, providing that there are no direct conflicts with rehearsal or performance.

Each audition has different requirements; the director of the show should be contacted for specific requirements.

Practicums

Stay tuned for more information about specific opportunities available for practicum credit!

What can count as a practicum?

Mainstage Productions

  • Actor
  • Stage Manager (you cannot also receive credit for DRAM 321 for the same production)
  • Assistant Designer or Designer
  • Assistant to a specific production department (judged on a show by show basis for sufficient time and complexity)
  • Scenic Painter

Other

  • Taking Flight Assistant Production Manager
  • Taking Flight Production Stage Manager
  • ND Theatre Executive Member (may only receive 3.00 units of practicum credit for this role)

What does not count as a practicum?

  • Off Campus productions
  • Single show participation in Taking Flight
  • Single show participation in ND Theatre
  • Acting in undergraduate directing scenes

 

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of all opportunities, if you have a specific role that you would like to use for a practicum, please consult with a faculty member regarding course credit.

Other performance opportunities

ND Theatre

ND Theatre is a student run production company that runs many shows a year; their auditions are open to all and are posted on the CHE 004 call board.
Their shows run at lunch time and are a great way to get more experience.

Directing Student pieces (410/510/610)

There are always student directors looking for actors for their scenes. These scenes offer a wide variety of styles and are usually smaller time commitments.
Auditions are posted as needed on the CHE 004 call boards.

Music

Ensembles

Ensembles auditions take place during the first 2-3 weeks of September, and are run individually by the various directors. Most run in an individual manner in 10 minute slots. The sign-up sheets and detailed requirements are posted on the bulletin boards outside of CHD 100.
It should be noted that ensembles are open to the whole campus and auditions are primarily to identify your style, strengths and where you would fit best in the ensemble. More information about the ensembles can be found online. Please contact the director for specific repertoire questions.

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