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Diploma in Performing Arts (Singing)

This programme offers training in singing, acting and dancing and prepares graduates for the musical theatre industry. [Offered by Whitireia New Zealand Limited]     LEVEL 6

Programme Overview

This is the only programme in the Wellington region that focuses on Musical Theatre offering training in singing, dancing and acting. Many of our students have been selected to perform in high profile local musical theatre productions such as Grease and Evita.

In each of the two years of the programme students perform in productions in the purpose built theatre at the Performance Centre. They get to work with musical directors and choreographers who are in demand in the New Zealand Musical Theatre industry.

Classes are delivered between 8.45am and 3pm daily at the dynamic Whitireia Performance Centre in Vivian St, Wellington. Students have the opportunity to collaborate with students who are studying a variety of performing arts programmes.

Programme Outline

Areas covered on this programme include:

·         Singing – solo and chorus

·         Acting

·         Jazz, tap and ballet

·         Performance

·         Body conditioning

·         Audition technique

·         Musical Theatre history​


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Pathway into the Bachelor of Applied Arts (Performing Arts)

On successful completion of year two of the Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance), students may apply to pathway into year three of the Bachelor of Applied Arts (Performing Arts) and create a body of work in their discipline. ​​​​​​​

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

Domestic Fees: $7,861 (per year)

International Fees: $20,250 NZD (per year)


Entry Requirements

Domestic students

NCEA Level 2 or equivalent plus evidence of
skills/ability/aptitude based on interview and

International students

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

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