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EXCEL School of Performing Arts


EXCEL School of Performing Arts

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New Zealand Certificate in Drama (Level 4)

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1 year
Start date: February-2022
EXCEL School of Performing Arts
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The drama programme is performance focused and students will cover a range of courses covering skills and techniques for stage and screen. In these courses, students will often be working alongside each other developing/devising scripts and will explore several dramatic forms. Students will learn how to prepare for an audition and what is involved in working with artistic agents, theatre and commercial crews as well as other professional settings. Guest tutors are invited to share their personal experiences and offer industry perspective.

Students will also learn how to project their voices and how to maintain healthy voice technique. There is a Drama Performance Showcase where they present performances which may include short pieces they have devised themselves. The courses PARTS-407 and DEVLP-408 are taken by all dance, drama and music students together.


Performance Drama 1

Perform solo and in group on stage and gain confidence and performance skills (Semester One).


Performance Drama 2

Perform solo and in group on stage and gain confidence and performance skills (Semester Two).


Acting Technique

Learning the basic techniques to make for a strong actor in a range of dramatic forms.


Physical Movement

A practical course aiming at improving awareness of how your body can communicate without using words.


Acting for Screen

Learning about the difference in acting for screen and stage with practical application.


Drama Studies

Delving into the rich history of dramatic forms and using this to improve your own devising and performances


Performing Arts Industry Studies

Finding out about the Performing Arts sector and how you can practically plan a potential career pathway


Personal Development

Learning how to be a stronger person and finding out more about God, yourself and others and how it fits into living in Aotearoa, New Zealand

Entry criteria

The minimum entry requirement for our Level 4 Certificate is NCEA Level 1 or equivalent.

If English is a second language applicants must be able to provide evidence of meeting English Language proficiency requirements. Listed under Rule 18 of NZQA Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013.

The minimum age for entry is 18. In the audition, we are looking for evidence of previous experience or training and that the applicant has sufficient skill and talent to cope with the demands of the course. An audition panel assesses whether a place will be offered to you based on your performance ability and English language skills.


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