Bachelor of Applied Arts (Performing Arts)

Become a seasoned performer and develop an extensive knowledge of dance genres and artistic endeavour in Māori, Samoa, Cook Island and New Zealand contemporary dance.
This programme is being replaced with the Bachelor of Creativity in 2018, currently pending approval.

Programme Outline

Tour with our highly acclaimed dance programme, learn from experienced professionals and perform in New Zealand’s cultural capital.

Programme Overview

The Bachelor of Applied Arts (Performing Arts) is a three year programme that provides a strong base in Māori, Samoa, Cook Islands 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 that is presented publicly. Performance and touring 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 academic entry requirements. Evidence of suitability based on interview and audition

International students

Proven equivalence of entry requirements plus IELTS 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5)

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