Diploma in Stage and Screen Arts

Learn everything from stagecraft and improvisation to mime and stage combat. You’ll have the opportunity to perform at professional theatres and in Te Auaha productions. Work with our film students. Audition for well-known theatre directors. Our tutors include actors Carmel McGlone, Ricky Dey and Tess Jamieson-Karaha.

The Diploma in Stage and Screen Arts is a full-time, two year programme that introduces and develops skills, knowledge and attitude of professional standard to enable students to seek work in theatre, television and film. 

Through industry secondment opportunities and self-generated performance projects, students make a transition into working in the stage and screen professions.

On successful completion, students may apply to enrol in year three of the Bachelor of Creativity (Performing Arts) and create a body of work in their discipline.

Programme outline

  • Performance
  • Stagecraft
  • Self-management
  • Acting
  • Improvisation
  • Text
  • Theatre history/styles
  • Vocal techniques
  • Singing
  • Devising work
  • Audition technique
  • Acting for screen
  • Fitness
  • Physical theatre
  • Stage combat

2019 Performing Arts auditions

Auditions for our performing arts programmes are held towards the end of the year. They usually involve workshops or groups classes as well as some individual demonstration. The Te Auaha Performing Arts Audition Timetable for October 2018 is available here.

Entry criteria

Domestic students

NCEA Level 2 or equivalent plus evidence of skills/ability/aptitude based on interview and audition

International students

Proven equivalence to domestic entry requirements and IELTS 6.5 (no band lower than 6.0)