Programme overview

This programme is open soon for applications, pending NZQA approval.

This programme is ideal if you want to go on to higher-level study in performance or the technical aspects of production in theatre, or aren't sure exactly what area to focus on. It's also perfect for people already in employment who want to improve their personal communication and professional presentation skills.

This programme starts with a base in performance history, acting and technical production basics, as well as collaborative project-based learning, and builds with Identity and Communication 

This programme replaces the Certificate in Communication and Media Arts (Level 4). 


  • Emphasis on practical skills and project-based learning: you could be designing an advertising campaign; participating in a panel discussion with your fellow students; creating performance pieces or making your own videos
  • Lecturers who are eager to share their industry experience with you
  • Access to Unitec's and performing arts facilities and collaboration with other students
  • A mix of classroom sessions, practical workshops, critique sessions, student seminars, discussions, presentations and online learning
  • Option to take some courses on a stand-alone basis
  • A chance to take classes in Unitec's on-campus marae, a great setting to explore Maori oratorical traditions and the role of culture in communication


Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

  1. A minimum of 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in three different subjects, one subject must be English
  2. A minimum of 4 years secondary education
  3. You may be required to attend an interview, audition or to a Skills Review session at our Mt Albert campus 
  4. Candidates who have English as a second language must have achieved one or more of the following:
    • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
    • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
    • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don’t meet these requirements? We also accept:

  • A relevant qualification at Level 2 on the NZQF or above or an equivalent qualification; or
  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

Pending NZQA approval.

Courses and timetables

All courses and timetables for 2018 will be available shortly.