Bachelor of Creative Arts (Performing Arts) (Level 7)

Programme highlights

Specialise in your chosen area of performing arts and continue to develop skills within imaginative, project-based contexts.

Perform in a multi-genre theatre show lead by one of Aotearoa's most innovative theatre directors.  

Establish your own creative practice as a performance artist by leading your own project in your final year of study. Receive
mentoring throughout this process from one of our specialist practice-based lecturers that encourages creativity and a reciprocal
learning exchange.

Engage in an industry based internship to develop professional practice and relationship building relevant to the performing arts.
As well as the compulsory courses for a Performing Arts specialisation, you'll get to choose from elective courses. This means you
can study other Creative Arts subjects that fit your career goals.

Pathway to Post Graduate Study at University of Auckland

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Creative Arts (BCA) with the required grade point average ( B+) provides direct entry to Post Graduate Study at the University of Auckland.

Key facts

Start Month(s) February, July
Study Location(s) MIT Otara
Level 7
Domestic fees $6,000 (approx.) per year
Youth Guarantee Not available
Programme Code MN4530
Duration

Three years (full-time)

Study Method Three years (full-time)
Credits 360
International Fees $21,200 (approx.) per year
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship Not available
Qualification MIT Degree

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Information is correct at December 2016. Programme fees may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted on this website are based on the indicative 2017 fee structure. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. If your fees are paid by credit card, a credit card fee will be payable in addition to programme fees. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989.

Entry requirements

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • NCEA LEVEL 3: Have at least 42 NCEA credits at Level 3, including a minimum of 14 credits in each of three approved subjects, and a minimum of 5 credits in reading and a minimum of 5 credits in writing both at Level 2 or equivalent, plus a minimum of 10 credits in numeracy at Level 1 or above or
  • NCEA Level 2: Have at least 72 NCEA credits at Level 2, including a minimum of 14 credits in each of two approved subjects and including 30 credits achieved at Merit or Excellence or equivalent, and a minimum of 5 credits in reading and a minimum of 5 credits in writing both at Level 2 or equivalent, plus a minimum of 10 credits in numeracy at Level 1 or above or
  • Have at least 60 NZQA recognised credits at Level 4 or higher or equivalent or
  • Have relevant work/life experience and be able to demonstrate that they can work/study at a level appropriate to the programme. Each applicant will be considered on an individual basis. To support their application applicants will be required to demonstrate their ability to study at Level 5 (Year 1) including a file providing evidence of personal life skills and previous activities. Applicants will be invited to an interview. Among attributes an applicant must demonstrate are a mature and positive approach to study, commitment and motivation to undertake degree study and
  • Have English language competence to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English. Any applicants whose first language is not English may be asked to provide evidence of an overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 (with no score below 6.0) or equivalent and
  • Participate in a group audition and attend an interview
  • Complete a 500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for choosing to apply for the programme.

To apply for an audition time please book a time with us. 

Phone: +64 9 968 8780
Email: creativearts@manukau.ac.nz
Or request an audition time online Form

Applicants will be accepted in order of application until the programme is full.

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Provisional Entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Faculty Dean.

Career opportunities

Actor for theatre, film and television, street performer, performing arts manager, theatre deviser, creator, acting trainer or teacher.

Programme structure

Compulsory courses

Year 1
  • Aotearoa on Stage and Screen
  • Modern and Contemporary Dance
  • Performance Theory and Practice
  • Voice
Year 2
  • Professional Practice
  • Contemporary Pasifika Performance
  • Performance Theory and Practice 2
  • Musical Theatre: Show
Year 3
  • Capstone 1
  • Capstone 2

Elective courses

Electives include the following areas of study:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Tattoo Design
  • Print Media
  • Photography
  • Video Production
  • Dance Genres
  • Band
  • Theatre Practice
  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Graphic Novel

Key dates

To find the start date of your programme intake listed above, please view the Academic year and key dates.

Offered by

Faculty of Creative Arts - School of Performing Arts

Need help applying?

We're here to support you to succeed.

If you need help with applying or advice on choosing a programme, our Information and Application Centre is here to give you guidance.

Send us a message, call us on 0800 62 62 52 or come in and see us.

Information is correct at December 2016. Programme fees may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted on this website are based on the indicative 2017 fee structure. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. If your fees are paid by credit card, a credit card fee will be payable in addition to programme fees. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989.

Key information for students

Bachelor of Creative Arts

Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements [?] Any minimum or preferred criteria for entry to this qualification. Applicants must meet the following entry requirements: (a) Have at least 42 NCEA credits at Level 3, including a minimum of 14 credits in each of two approved subjects, plus a minimum of 14 credits in one or two subjects and a minimum of 4 credits in reading and a minimum of 4 credits in writing, both at level 2 or equivalent OR (b) Have at least 72 NCEA credits at Level 2 including a minimum of 14 credits in each of two approved subjects and including 8 credits in reading/writing and including 30 credits achieved at Merit or Excellence or equivalent OR (c) Have at least 60 NZQA recognised credits at Level 5 or higher or equivalent OR (d) Have relevant work/life experience and be able to demonstrate that they can work/study at a level appropriate to the programme. Each applicant will be considered on an individual basis. To support their application applicants will be required to demonstrate their ability to study at Level 5 (Year 1) including a file providing evidence of personal life skills and previous activities. Applicants will be invited to an interview. Among attributes an applicant must demonstrate are a mature and positive approach to study, commitment and motivation to succeed, and the ability to read and write at the required level for degree study. 9.1.213.1.2 English language entry requirements All applicants must have English language competence to undertake this programme, which is taught and assessed in English. Any applicants whose first language is not English may be asked to provide evidence of an overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6 (with no score below 5.5) or equivalent. 9.1.313.1.3 Other specialisation specific admission In addition to the general and academic admission requirements, applicants must meet the following requirements relevant to their specialisation: (a) In the case of the School of Visual Arts Present examples of creative visual work completed in the previous 18 months and a personal statement outlining the reason
Detailed requirements [?] Click here for more information on any additional entry criteria for this qualification. More information about entry to this qualification
Duration [?] The minimum amount of time it takes to complete this qualification. 3 Years
Tuition Fees Annual Total Qualification
Student fees [?] Annual:
The annual tuition fees payable by a student to study this qualification, additional to what the government contributes. (This is an average based on recent course enrolments. Your fees may differ depending on your course selection.)

Total Qualification:
The total tuition fees payable by a student to study this qualification, additional to what the government contributes. (This is an average based on recent course enrolments. Your fees may differ depending on your course selection.)
$5,960 $17,879
Government tuition subsidy [?] Annual:
The average annual amount paid by government towards the tuition fees for this qualification, additional to what the student pays. (This is an estimate based on the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)

Total Qualification:
The average total amount paid by government towards the tuition fees for this qualification, additional to what the student pays. (This is an estimate based on the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)
$8,650 $25,949
Total [?] Annual:
The combined total of the annual amount paid by both the student and government towards the tuition fees for this qualification. (This is an estimate based on recent course enrolments and the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)

Total Qualification:
The combined total of the amount paid by both the student and government towards the total tuition fees for this qualification. (This is an estimate based on recent course enrolments and the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)
$14,610 $43,829
Compulsory student services fee
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Student Success
Successful course completions [?] The percentage of students who successfully completed courses towards this qualification last year. 85%
National Graduate Outcomes (3 years after completion)
Median earnings [?] The median represents the middle value for all earnings of young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally. Earnings do not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. $33,649
Earnings range [?] The range shows the upper and lower quartile values representing the one quarter point and three quarters point for all earnings of young graduates who completed qualifications in this subject area. Half of all graduates had earnings within this range. $19,408 - $46,097
In employment [?] This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. 66%
In further study [?] This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. 24%
On a benefit [?] This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. 3%
Note: all KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only.
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