New Zealand Diploma in Drama (L6)

Get centre stage and in front of the camera, and get the tools to tell your own stories for stage and screen. Train and perform in Te Auaha’s professional theatres and see your work on the big screen at our cinema. The course is taught by arts industry professionals including actors Carmel McGlone, Ricky Dey and Tess Jamieson-Karaha.

What you will learn

This two-year practical course puts you centre stage and in front of the camera, giving you the tools to develop your own stories for stage and screen. Learn about the many roles that exist within the theatre, film, broadcast and digital screen industries. Training includes classes in acting techniques - improvisation, script analysis, movement and voice – as well as theatre production practices. You’ll have the opportunity to train and perform in Te Auaha’s professional theatres and see your work on the big screen at Te Auaha’s cinema.  During the course you will collaborate with the Film School and audition in front of industry professionals. Our teachers are passionate about you and your learning. The course is taught by leading tutors from the arts industry including professional actors Carmel McGlone, Ricky Dey and Tess Jamieson-Karaha.

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 

Students will learn the following skills: 

  • Voice
  • Movement
  • Interpreting text
  • Acting techniques
  • Public Performance
  • Film Co-productions
  • Theatre and film history/styles
  • Singing
  • Devising work
  • Theatre Production skills
  • Audition technique
  • Improvisation

More detail about this qualification

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. 

Auditions for 2022 are being held on Saturday 30th October

10:30 am – 1 pm audition workshop 

Audition Information

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Entry requirements

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)

  * International fees shown here do not include insurance and administration (currently approximately $780 per year of study)