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Bachelor of Applied Arts (Performing Arts)

Students develop an extensive knowledge of dance genres and artistic endeavour in Māori, Samoa, Cook Island and New Zealand contemporary dance. Third year students create a major body of work.  LEVEL 7

Students are encouraged to develop strengths in technique, performance and creative techniques. 
Third year students will create a major body of work for public performance.

Programme Overview

Level 7 programme

The Performing Arts major of the Bachelor of Applied Arts is a three year programme.

The programme provides a strong base in Māori, Samoa, Cook Island and New Zealand contemporary dance performance. Students are encouraged to develop their own strengths in technique, performance and choreography.

Modules include:

  • Samoa dance performance
  • Māori dance performance
  • Cook Island dance performance
  • New Zealand contemporary dance performance
  • Creative technique
  • Professional studies
  • Creative enterprise
  • Contextual studies

In the third year students research and create a major body of work which will be presented publicly. Performance and touring internationally are significant parts of the Performing Arts programme. Students must successfully pass all modules to graduate with a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Performing Arts). Students who pass two years of the degree may exit with a Diploma in Performing Arts


Entry Requirements

Whitireia Degree Requirements

NCEA Level 3 awarded, with at least three approved subjects of 14 credits each at Level 3

Literacy: 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing (from NZQA specified list)

Numeracy: 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of specified achievement standards or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627 (all three required)




A minimum of 72 credits at Level 2 including a minimum of 14 credits in each of four subjects and a minimum of 30 credits with merit or excellence, including degree entry standards for numeracy and literacy

International Baccalaureate (IB): award of the full IB Diploma (24 points or higher), including English A1 at either Higher or Standard Level and any mathematics subject


Cambridge International Examination (CIE)

A minimum of 120 points on the UCAS Tariff at A or AS level; including grade D or better in at least three subjects (from the NCEA approved list); minimum grade E in AS English and minimum grade D in IGCSE mathematics or any mathematics passed at AS level

Alternative entry

Evidence of successful completion of high school studies overseas or recent tertiary study at Level 4 and/or relevant work experience (paid or unpaid); application considered on a case-by-case basis with entry granted at the discretion of the Faculty Dean

English language competence

Minimum IELTS 6.0 (no lower than 5.5 in any band), or equivalent


Please note: some Whitireia degree level programmes require a higher level of English language competence.

Campus Starts on Duration
Wellington City 2017: 13 February Three years, full-time

Domestic Fees: $8,543 (per year)

International Fees: $23,500 (per year)


Entry Requirements

Domestic students

Whitireia degree entry requirements - (See Full Course Details). Evidence of suitability based on interview and audition

International students

Proven equivalence to domestic entry requirements and IELTS 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5)

Career Opportunities:

Graduates develop careers as performers and choreographers within the dance and cultural tourism industries. Graduates are equipped to develop and manage their own projects, or to join professional companies or shows. Graduates will be qualified to move into postgraduate study as arts educators.

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