Bachelor of Performing Arts (Music Theatre) Bachelor of Performing Arts (Music Theatre)

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DegreeFull time - 3 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2017)

Programme code



$7,100- $7,700







Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

4 September

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Madras Street


Gain a solid grounding in acting, singing and dancing while developing the skills needed to succeed in a career in the performing arts and professional theatre with our NASDA (National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art) programme.

You will gain plenty of practical experience in performance and production work in the disciplines of acting, singing, dance and theatre studies. This is supported by relevant classroom, studio and masterclass-based teaching and learning in music theory, theatre history, technical theatre skills and research methods.

Within the programme there is an emphasis on developing skills in musicianship and spoken voice and dance elements include jazz, tap and ballet.

If you have experience and a strong interest in music theatre, acting and dance you are likely to be successful in this programme; academic research skills are developed through the historical and cultural study of theatre across the three years of the degree.

Find out more about studying music theatre

Programme structure

To complete this Degree you are required to complete a minimum total of 360 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • 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 and
    • Numeracy* - 10 credits at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627)

    Note: Students who have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (eg International Baccalaureate, Cambridge examination) should contact us for requirements.

    * NZQA approved subjects: see

Alternative requirements
  • Evidence of literacy, numeracy and an ability to study at the appropriate level. This can be through study, work and/or life experience. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
  • Application
    Applicants are responsible for submitting the completed Application to Study form with the requested information. Applications are accepted throughout the academic year.

  • All applicants will be required to attend an audition. Auditions are held during August and September of each year, however, early or late applications and auditions may be arranged in consultation with the programme leader.

  • Applicants will be ranked from the audition process. Candidates are given marks under the following headings: Interpretation, Communication, Intonation, Technique, Vocal Quality, Sense of Pitch and Rhythm, Cold Read, Comprehension, Diction, Alignment, Physical Expressiveness.

  • Absentee auditions may be arranged (such as overseas applicants) via video-tape or DVD with applicants interviewed by telephone.

English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










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Selection criteria

  • Successful applicants who are selected from audition and upon meeting academic criteria will be notified of their place in the programme subject to availability, to commence study in the next February intake.
  • Students sitting NCEA will be accepted conditionally pending notification of their NCEA results. In the event that a student does not achieve the required result, their application will be reassessed and alternative choices suggested.
  • If programme numbers are exceeded a waiting list will be compiled. The waiting list will be ranked on the applicant's audition score and academic entry.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an music thetare domestic application pack or an music theatre international application pack.

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

Your on-the-job experience may count towards part or even all of this qualification. To learn more, contact our Centre for Assessment of Prior Learning (CAPL) .

Application documents

Career opportunities

As a graduate of this programme, you will have the knowledge and practical experience to equip you for a range of jobs in the performance and entertainment industry. Not only will this experience help you launch your career in the industry but it will also give you the tools to keep growing professionally as you advance.

Graduates can be found working successfully in all areas of the arts profession and entertainment industry including theatre, musical theatre, film, television, radio and in other performance events.

Study pathways

Many of our graduate students use this degree as a launchpad into postgraduate studies and a qualification in teaching.

Recommended school subjects

  • Drama
  • Music
  • Physical education
  • English literacy
  • Relevant industry experience