New Zealand Education - Think New Logo

Private Training Establishment

Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School
Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School logo

Bachelor of Design (Stage and Screen)

This course is available


Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School


The Bachelor of Design (Stage & Screen) is an intensive practical course covering the essential skills to design set and costume for traditional performance on both the stage and screen, alongside developing critical and ideation skills for work that expands notions of performance in the 21st Century. The course takes up to 12 students a year to ensure high levels of individualised learning and opportunities

Course Information

You will learn Performance Design through a range of practical workshops, intellectual enquiry, studio-based and collaborative projects.

Year 1:

  • Practical design skills – technical hand drawing and CAD, basic set construction, scenic painting, props creation and scale model making
  • Conceptual projects in Costume Design and Production Design
  • Critical design studies – analysis of screen and live arts

Year 2:

  • Assistant designer on in-house productions
  • Specialised experimental Design-led projects
  • Intern to professional companies and designers of your choice
  • Conceptual projects in Design for film and live event

Year 3:

  • Lead designer on theatre and a film production
  • Self-directed research project
  • Internship and graduation exhibition

Career Pathways

For 15 years, our Design course has produced designers of the highest standard who work in New Zealand and internationally. Toi Whakaari graduates are leaders in performance-based arts practice and have successfully forged careers in dance, events, film, and stage productions.

  • Set/Production Designer
  • Costume Designer
  • Art Director
  • Lighting Designer
  • Projection Designer
  • Event Designer
  • Post Graduate Studies

Entry criteria

Students must be at least 18 years by the first day of the first term of the course. There is no upper age limit.

English Language Proficiency

IELTS test – Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5

TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)

NZCEL - Level 4 with the Academic endorsement

Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score less than 42

Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band

OET – Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all subtests

Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 First or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill

Studying in NZ

Register nowSign in

Share this course

Share this course