* Please note tuition fees have been rounded off.Tuition fees may differ.
Gain a solid foundation of skills for a rewarding career on stage.
This three-year degree will give you the skills needed to succeed in a number of branches of the performing arts.
You'll gain practical experience in performance and production work in key theatre disciplines such as acting, singing and dance, as well as studies in spoken voice, music theory, theatre history, technical theatre skills and research methods. From the second year, you will refine your programme of study to suit your strengths and interests within the broad fields of acting or acting for music theatre. In the final year, most assessment is focused on performance in practice and allows for considerable work integrated learning in industry settings and further specialisation to develop other, performance-related skills within the worlds of applied theatre and theatre for the stage.
You'll learn from experienced performers and teachers who are dedicated to helping you make the most of your career.
You'll graduate with the knowledge, concepts and practical experience needed for a wide range of professional opportunities including musical theatre, acting for stage and other media, teaching and working in the tourism and entertainment industry.
Ara, in conjunction with Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), is delivering postgraduate programmes for graduates from the BPA. This gives you the opportunity to study in Christchurch to Honours or Masters level.
University Entrance: NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at level 3 and 20 credits at level 2 or higher) which must include 14 credits at Level 3 in each of three approved* subjects and:
Literacy* - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing,
Numeracy* - 14 credits at Level 1 or above
OR New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) Ara Performing Arts Pathway or equivalent
Due to Covid-19 disruption, if you studied and achieved NCEA Level 3 during 2020, you only need 12 credits per Level 3 subject (i.e. total of 36 credits). Literacy and Numeracy requirements remain the same
If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.
* NZQA approved subjects
Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?
If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.
English language requirement:
IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
SPEAKING – 5.5
READING - 5.5
WRITING - 5.5
LISTENING – 5.5
TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 60 or higher (with a writing score of 18)
Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42
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