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New Zealand Diploma in Drama (Level 5)

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1 year

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The Level 5 Diploma prepares you for higher level study and build on practical experience and skills learnt in the Level 4 Certificate programme. There is also the added bonus of two short tours to gain performance experience in different venues around Aotearoa including Schools, Theatres and Churches as well as showcase original content created individually and collaboratively in your Major courses.


Performance Drama 3

Perform solo and group repertoire including original dramas and develop stage techniques for performance on tour (Semester One).


Performance Drama 4

Perform solo and group repertoire including reinterpreted scripts and plan and perform on a tour at a range of venues (Semester Two).


Acting Technique 2

Further training in acting techniques to make for a strong actor in a range of dramatic forms.


Physical Movement 2

Further development of using body movement to convey a broad range of characteristics and emotions and interacting physically with other actors.


Acting for Screen 2

Analysing the difference in acting for screen and stage with practical application.


Drama Studies 2

Analysing a defined range of dramatic forms to contribute to the development of short original scripts.


Performing Arts Industry Studies 2

Applying understanding of small business practices, industry structures and operational practices to prepare for potential work in the industry.


Personal Development 2

Further understanding and development of strong character and finding out more about God, yourself and others and how it fits into living in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Entry criteria

Entry into our Level 5 Diploma is with the EXCEL Level 4 Certificate or NCEA Level 2 or equivalent.

If English is a second language applicants must be able to provide evidence of meeting English Language proficiency requirements. Listed under Rule 18 of NZQA Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013.

Direct entry into Level 5 Diploma / Year Two is possible based on audition evidence.

The minimum age for entry is 18. In the audition, we are looking for evidence of previous experience or training and that the applicant has sufficient skill and talent to cope with the demands of the course. An audition panel assesses whether a place will be offered to you based on your performance ability and English language skills.

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