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You can study Screen Arts at Unitec

Acting

Whether it’s on stage or screen, actors tell stories to bring plays, television shows, films, and commercials to life. Study acting at Unitec and you'll learn how performance and communication can capture your audience’s attention. Three years of intensive training prepares you for a career in both stage and screen as an innovator and artist.

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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 group 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 tutors make up a faculty rich in industry experience. Your studies will benefit from this and their 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.
PROGRAMME LEVEL DURATION CAREER OPTIONS START DATES
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Screen Arts, Acting and Technical Production 4 Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available Entry into further study toward a career in the media or performing and screen arts. February or July
Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts (Acting for Screen and Theatre) 7 Full-time for three years Acting trainer/teacher, Actor for theatre, film and television, Performer, Performing arts manager, Presenter, Theatre deviser/creator February
Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Practice 8 Full-time for one year or part-time for two years Artist, Creative director, Curator, Digital artist, Director, Graphic designer, Photographer, Producer, Visual artist February or July
Master of Creative Practice 9 Full-time for 18 months or part-time for three years Artist, 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, Filmmaker February 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

 

Facilities

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.

Auditions

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

Upcoming auditions and interviews

 

Unitec students in the dance studio