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Bachelor of Performing Arts

STARTS: February 2021
Madras Street

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, choosing to specialise in music theatre, or continue with a broader pathway defined by your own areas of interest and ability.

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.

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$7,700 - $8,500 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320 per year
International costs
$22,560 per year
International Levy
$523.50 per year

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: see http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/

In addition you need to submit the completed Application to Study form with the requested information. Applications are accepted throughout the academic year

  • Attend an audition Auditions are held during August and September of each year.
  • Early or late applications and auditions may be arranged in consultation with the programme leader.
  • Absentee auditions may be arranged (such as overseas applicants) via digital media platforms such as Skype or Face Time or via YouTube and Vimeo with applicants interviewed by telephone.

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.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 6.0 Academic

  • 5.5 Listening
  • 5.5 Reading
  • 5.5 Writing
  • 5.5 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Career opportunities

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.

Study pathways

Recommended school subjects

  • English and English-rich subjects
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Physical Education

Bachelor of Performing Arts

FULL-TIME - 3 Years

Gain a solid foundation of skills for a rewarding career on stage.

Information
Type Degree
Code CH4065
Next Starts February 2021
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
Credits 360
Level 7
May be eligible for Studylink? Yes
Reference CH4065-PERF

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$7,700 - $8,500 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320 per year
International costs
$22,560 per year
International Levy
$523.50 per year
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Additional Entry Requirements

In addition you need to submit the completed Application to Study form with the requested information. Applications are accepted throughout the academic year

  • Attend an audition Auditions are held during August and September of each year.
  • Early or late applications and auditions may be arranged in consultation with the programme leader.
  • Absentee auditions may be arranged (such as overseas applicants) via digital media platforms such as Skype or Face Time or via YouTube and Vimeo with applicants interviewed by telephone.

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Credit Recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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