Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts (Production Design and Management)

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7, 360 3.0
Full-time for three years
Starts February
30 places
Interviews held in early October
Mt Albert campus
Semester dates for 2014:
Semester 1: 24 February - 27 June; Semester 2: 21 July - 21 November

NZ$8586 (Approximate fee only, find out more about the costs of study)

International fees

Programme summary

Explore the design and organisational management of screen and theatre production. Specialise in costume, lights/sound/stage management or scenery/props/art department. Participate in the making of a large body of work for theatre and film.

Learn about the creative development of production, and the key design and organisational management of areas of screen and theatre production by participating in the making of a large body of work for theatre and film.

You'll specialise in one of three areas of production:

  • Costume
  • Lights/sound/stage management
  • Scenery/props/art department.

Our aim is to produce creative practitioners who understand the professional requirements of their chosen field and can pursue careers in the film, TV and theatre industries.


  • Practical focus: work on industry-modelled projects from fully realised classic theatre pieces to new and original plays, short films (studio and location), contemporary dance works, commercials, and cutting-edge experimental and multi-disciplinary work.
  • A chance to work collaboratively across art forms.
  • Emphasis on developing an inquiring, flexible, creative and critical attitude in your approach to the conceptual and organisational skills required for the profession.
  • An industry placement in both your second and third years.
  • Access to fully equipped theatre, dance and television studios, and extensive production workshops.
  • Staff who are experienced industry professionals.
  • Strong industry links.
  • Visits from international experts.

In your first two years you will gain industry-standard experience and the technical skills needed for one of the following specialist areas:


Acquire experience and skill in costume making, sewing, pattern drafting and cutting, corset making, props and accessories, millinery, period costumes, fabric enhancement and dyeing, and the basics of costume design. Learn real-world wardrobe standby skills when making short films in the studio or on location.

Lights/sound/stage management

Specialise in performance operation and management utilising our state-of-the-art theatre equipment, Mac technology labs and production workshops. Gain industry-standard experience in equipment handling, safety and maintenance while you explore and perfect your creative and technical abilities in practical workshops, projects and events.

Art department

Acquire experience and specalist skills in sculpting, prop making, prop sourcing, moulding and casting, scenic painting, scenic furniture production, art direction (both on and off set), and television/ film set design and construction.

In your third year you'll focus on design (production, costume, lighting, set or sound) and management (art direction, production, stage, technical or costume), depending on your specialist area. You'll develop practical creative design and management skills by working collaboratively on a large range of projects, gaining experience in your specialist role and in leading teams of makers and technicians.

Across the three years you'll explore the historical development of drama, from its origins in ritual and religion to the age of digital communication. Alongside your future industry peers, you'll explore in-depth theoretical and critical thought, integrating theory and professional practice in an exciting cross-discipline environment.

Note: Students who complete the first two years of the programme and who wish to enter the industry as an entry-level technician may be awarded the Diploma in Performance Technology.

Interview workshop

The interview workshop will take place in early October and will consist of a combination of exercises which demonstrate your ability to carry out specific tasks (related to your chosen specialisation) both individually and as part of a group. You'll be notified of the exact nature of these tasks when you apply, to allow you time to prepare. From this workshop, the final selection of trainees is made for the following year.


Last edited: 05 September 2013