Diploma in Performing Arts (Level 5)

Programme highlights

Do you want to work in the theatre, film or television industries?

Take the first step toward the career of your dreams with the Diploma in Performing Arts. You'll learn skills in a wide range of performance crafts and how to work with others in the shared creative process.

You can credit this diploma towards the first year of the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Performing Arts) (Level 7).

Key facts

Start Month(s) February, July
Study Location(s) MIT Otara
Level 5
Domestic fees $6,200 (approx.)
Youth Guarantee Not Available
Programme Code MN4526
Duration

One year (full time)

Study Method Full-time
Credits 120
International Fees $21,700 (approx.)
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship Not Available
Qualification MIT Diploma

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Information is correct at September 2018. 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 in this publication are based on the indicative 2019 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2019 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2019 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here manukau.ac.nz/study/apply-and-enrol/fees-and-study-costs. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2019 are based on the 2018 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2019. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. 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. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.

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 contact Reginald Chand.
Reginald can be contacted in person at the Faculty of Creative Arts

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

*Want to have a chat, need help with your audition pieces or need help applying? Drop in on Fridays between 1-3pm, no appointment necessary.

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 Director/Head of School.

International students

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Career opportunities

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

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below eight courses (120 credits):

817.516 Aotearoa on Stage and Screen (15 credits)

The course will introduce you to the conventions and techniques of drama on both stage and screen in the context of Aotearoa’s developing industries.

817.517 Modern and Contemporary Dance (15 credits)

Gain a practical understanding of Modern and Contemporary dance techniques to enable you to develop a physical command over the body in order to perform and choreograph confidently within these techniques, and to gain an awareness of the social, cultural and political climates that Modern and Contemporary dance techniques are born from. The focus is on becoming a well-rounded and professional performer.

817.518 Performance Theory and Practice (15 credits)

Explore, analyse and practice a broad range of Performance Theory and Practice across the disciplines of singing, dancing and acting.

817.519 Voice (15 credits)

Consolidate structured skills in voice production and continue to develop practical ability and techniques through the exploration of different styles of voice, musical theory and analysis.

817.523 Hip-Hop Aotearoa (15 credits)

Explore urban street dance genres and the social, cultural and political climates from which they emerged. You will learn to develop the physical command over the body to confidently select and apply techniques to perform and choreograph within these genres.

817.524 Performing Identity (15 credits)

Explore the conventions and techniques of drama in self-expression and in an ensemble setting leading to a performance.

817.526 Spoken Word Poetry (15 credits)

Explore the conventions and techniques of Spoken Word, Slam and Performance Poetry.

817.528 Performance Activation (15 credits)

Enhance a range of creative dispositions, including inquiry, lateral and critical thinking, and empathy, with a particular emphasis on interdisciplinary project-focused collaboration.

Key dates

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

Offered by

School of Primary and Creative Industries

Need help applying?

We're here to support you to succeed.

If you need help with applying or advice on choosing a programme, our Ask Me! Student Services 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 September 2018. 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 in this publication are based on the indicative 2019 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2019 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2019 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here manukau.ac.nz/study/apply-and-enrol/fees-and-study-costs. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2019 are based on the 2018 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2019. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. 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. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.

Key information for students

MIT Diploma in Performing Arts (Level 5)

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 AND Applicants must have sufficient competence in the English language to undertake this programme, which is taught and assessed in English. Any applicant whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of their English language competency. AND Participate in a group audition and attend an interview; AND Complete a 500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for choosing to apply for the programme.
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. 1 Year
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.)
$6,320 $6,320
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.)
$8,561 $8,561
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.)
$14,880 $14,880
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. N/A
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. $27,017
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. $18,007 - $37,818
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. 50%
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. 35%
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. 11%
Note: all KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only.
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