Programme overview

This programme is ideal if you want to go on to higher-level study in performance, in the technical aspects of production in theatre, or if you’re unsure what area to focus on and want to explore acting and technical production. It's also perfect for people already in employment in this industry 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 


  • 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
  • Learn from Lecturers who are eager to share their industry experience with you
  • Access to Unitec's excellent performing arts facilities and collaboration with other students from other arts disciplines
  • 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 marae, a great setting to explore Māori 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. Be 16 years old by the time the programme starts
  4. You may be required to attend an interview, audition or to a Skills Review session at our Mt Albert campus 
  5. If English is not your first language you will need 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.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

Identity and Communication (BPED4001) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course introduces pathway-related concepts and develops pathway-related academic skills in order to prepare students for further academic study in their chosen pathway.
Acting and Technical Production (BECI4803) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course aims to provide students with a broad theoretical and operational understanding of storytelling techniques and to develop creative outcomes across a range of performing arts forms and disciplines. Students will also develop awareness, and a broad theoretical and operational understanding, of the technology and processes associated with live performance, and workplace routines for working safely and creatively behind the scenes.
Performance Histories and Context (BECI4804) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course aims to provide students with a broad theoretical and operational understanding of the elements of selected live performance traditions and practices from early history up to contemporary times. Students will develop awareness through exploration, and production, of live performance, cultural contexts and forms.
Collaborative Project (BECI4901) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course will prepare students for further academic study in their chosen pathway by providing creative project experience in both individual and collaborative contexts.