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Study contemporary dance at Unitec and you’ll learn to choreograph and perform at a professional level. You'll spend lots of time in the studio working on dance techniques that include ballet, yoga, contemporary and improvisation. And you’ll put your hard work into practice in performances throughout the year.

Live performance is a huge part of your training. You’ll take part in solo and group work as well as  projects by guest choreographers. Then there are your own dance projects, which you’ll choreograph for theatre, events, festivals and films.

Study contemporary dance at Unitec and you’ll be part of the biggest film and performing arts department in the country. It means you’ll also get practical experience in sound and music design, video editing, costume, lighting, props and scenery. It’s a unique environment that mimics the dance industry, so you'll be able to hit the ground running when you graduate.

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts (Contemporary Dance)7Full-time for three yearsProfessional dancer, Choreographer, Dance and performance artist, Dance teacher, Performing arts manager, Arts administratorFebruary

Industry connections

Getting practical experience before you graduate is really important. Study contemporary dance at Unitec and you’ll benefit from our relationship with a range of industry organisations. We're also affiliated with the Beijing Dance Academy. 

  • DANZ – Dance Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Tempo Dance Festival
  • Black Grace
  • Auckland Arts Festival
  • Auckland Theatre Company
  • Silo Theatre
  • Downstage Theatre

The department also has connections to the Oryza Foundation for Asian Performing Arts and Creative Coalition.


Study contemporary dance at Unitec and you’ll practice your skills in our three large dance studios. Each year, you can showcase your talents in several live performances at various locations, including Unitec's own dance studio theatre.

As a dance student you’ll also have access to some of the cameras, lighting, and sound equipment from the Screen Department.


To join Unitec's Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts (Contemporary Dance), you'll need to have an audition. Auditions usually take place over Labour Day weekend and we let you know how to prepare for it a couple of weeks in advance.
Upcoming auditions and interviews.