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Postgraduate Diploma in Dance Studies

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Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected February 2022


University of Auckland


An introduction to postgraduate study in dance, helping you establish your research skills and professional portfolio.

Programme overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in Dance Studies builds on undergraduate study and previous dance experience by delving deeper into dance practice and philosophy. You will gain practical, conceptual and theoretical skills in choreography, dance education, dance writing and community dance.

The programme is delivered through taught courses that encourage you to discover your chosen fields of research.

Programme structure

You will investigate choreographic practice, dance education practice and the role of dance in wellness contexts, dance and cultural diversity. You’ll explore issues, philosophies and practices in depth, and be introduced to the diverse methods and ethics of academic research. Award-winning teachers and researchers will guide your research and foster your individual interests and career.

Core courses: 90 points

Elective courses: 30 points

Where could this programme take you?

Postgraduate study boosts your potential to build a sustainable career in dance, academia and research, contributing to influential projects in dance and the wider arts community.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Academic
  • Arts administrator/manager
  • Community dance practitioner
  • Cultural adviser
  • Professional choreographer
  • Professional dancer
  • Professional studio dance teacher
  • Research assistant

Further study options

  • Master of Dance Studies
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Creative practice

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