Explore your options

Our tutors have high expectations. This means that you’ll find the programme rigorous, involved and designed to inspire your journey as an artist. You are in control of your studies, with a wide variety of both ensemble and individual work. Our conservatory approach will develop the range of skills you need to realise your full potential as an actor.

Year One is structured around building a foundation with hours of voice, movement, singing, dance, screen acting, and text analysis.

Year Two consolidates technique with public performances, writing and directing classes, and sustained technique classes; voice, movement, and text. 

Year Three puts all learning into practice with extended acting technique classes for stage and screen, public performances of classic and contemporary plays and self-devised works for screen and theatre.

Unitec has a strong ethos of collaboration across design and production with live and screen performances. You’ll work directly with students studying costume, lighting and sound design as well as industry directors to create rich theatrical worlds.

Our ensemble of tutors make up a faculty rich in industry experience who carry a strong commitment to teaching and support. 

  • John G Davies, Curriculum Manager
  • Alexandra Witham, Voice
  • Pedro Ilgenfritz, Movement and Mask
  • Elizabeth Hawthorne, Text and Technique
  • Vicki Yiannoutsos and Will Wallace, Acting for Screen

Unitec Acting offers a happy place of laughter, tears and the intense joy of self-discovery.


Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Acting and Technical Production4Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available.This programme prepares you for further study toward a career in the performing arts and productionFebruary or July pending NZQA approval
Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts (Acting for Screen and Theatre)7Full-time for three yearsActing trainer/teacher, Actor for theatre, film and television, Performer, Performing arts manager, Presenter, Theatre deviser/creatorFebruary. Summer School also available
Graduate Diploma in Creative Practice7Full-time for one yearArt director, Costume designer, Composer for theatre and screen works, Lighting designer, Production manager for theatre, Screen actor, Set designer, Sound/audio-visual designer, Stage manager, Director, Theatre and/or screen scriptwriterFebruary or July
Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Practice8Full-time for one year or part-time for two yearsArtist, Creative director, Curator, Digital artist, Director, Graphic designer, Photographer, Producer, Visual artistFebruary or July
Master of Creative Practice9Full-time for 18 months or part-time for three yearsArtist, Art director, Product designer, Graphic designer, Director, Photographer, Experience designer, Producer, Production designer, Sculptor, Visual artist, Performance designer, Service designer, Curator, Actor for theatre, film and television, Choreographer, FilmmakerFebruary or July

Industry connections

Industry partners are often on campus working with students, holding auditions for industry projects, or are here in residency.

In your 3rd year you can undertake a seven-week secondment/negotiated study. Our students have undertaken extra study in China, England, United States, Japan, Scotland, Australia and have been integrated into industry projects locally and internationally.

We're members of, and work closely with:

  • SPADA (Screen Production and Development Association)
  • WIFT (Women in Film and Television)
  • Playmarket
  • New Zealand Writers Guild
  • Entertainment Technology NZ

  • New Zealand Film and Video Technicians' Guild
  • Auckland Theatre Company
  • Conch Theatre Co
  • Oryza Foundation for Asian Performing Arts
  • New Zealand Film Commission
  • Script to Screen
  • TVNZ



Study acting at Unitec and you’ll work closely with your future colleagues - other actors, designers, dancers, directors, editors, sound and lighting technicians, and stage managers. Together you’ll produce over 100 stage and screen productions each year.

You’ll practice your skills in the four acting studios, and perform in regular stage productions. Plays range from works by theatre heavyweights like Chekhov or Brecht to short contemporary performances by our own directing and writing students. Our theatre and workshop studio is transformed by performance technology students for each production.

As an acting student you’ll also have access to some of the cameras, lighting, and sound equipment from the Screen Department to further hone your craft.


To join Unitec's Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts (Acting for Screen and Theatre), you'll need to have an audition.

First-round auditions are held throughout New Zealand in early October and second round auditions are held in Auckland over a weekend in early November.

We’ll let you know what to learn and how to prepare. 
Upcoming auditions and interviews. 

Unitec students in the dance studio