New Zealand Certificate in Performing Arts (Level 4) - in development New Zealand Certificate in Performing Arts (Level 4) - in development

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CertificateFull-time, 1 year

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code




Feb 2021




Course related costs



Domestic Applications due

30 August 2020

International Applications due


City campus - Christchurch


If your dream is to work in the entertainment industry, this course will equip you with the skills required for employment and ensure you have a solid foundation to build on.

You'll gain a repertoire of essential technical skills and develop your abilities in the areas of singing, dancing, acting, movement and performance. Together, these skills will enable you to work in both community and professional settings.

This qualification is the only Level 4 performing arts programme in New Zealand.

Please note: This programme is currently under development

Career opportunities

This qualification can lead to employment or self-employment as an entry-level performer in performing arts industry roles.

Study pathways

After completing this qualification, you can broaden your skills and opportunities by studying the Bachelor of Performing Arts with optional specialisation in Music Theatre (subject to audition).

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete 120 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
Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you are also required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below. Refer also to the Acceptable Alternatives Chart which includes credits in English-rich subjects from New Zealand educational institutions. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.
Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme complete:

Application documents

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.