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Bachelor of Performing Arts (Management)

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School


The Bachelor of Performing Arts (Management) is an intensive, full-time, three-year degree course that covers the fundamentals of arts management, including stage and production management, marketing, fundraising and sponsorship, event management and technical skills, as well as financial and strategic planning. We take up to 12 students a year, who acquire an array of practical, technical and managerial skills that lead to creative management and leadership roles in different arts environments. Students hone their skills through productions and workshops and participate in industry networks and internships with seasoned professionals. Toi Whakaari ensures that graduates can build, collaborate, think critically and manage complex processes in order to be ready to enter the arts industry upon graduation.

Course Information

During this three-year specialist degree course, you will learn a variety of arts management skills as well as working with all departments at Toi Whakaari to create major theatrical productions and short films.

Year 1:? An introduction to various arts management disciplines, production management and technical aspects of live performance and film. You will be trained in a range of technical skills ranging from lighting design to health and safety practices. You will also learn the fundamentals of arts administration. Department staff and visiting top industry professionals will mentor you.

Year 2: Year 2 includes a variety of advanced studies in technical and management disciplines. You will get hands-on experience by participating in Toi Whakaari theatre and screen productions. You will also develop your own event within a mentored environment, culminating in a performance or production. Internships in the industry will give you the opportunity to work with seasoned professionals.

Year 3: In Year 3 you have greater independence to develop your own projects. You will produce and promote film and theatre productions while being mentored by industry professionals. Industry internships will allow you to improve your skills and create contacts so you can, upon graduation, pursue a career in the arts industry. After graduation you will have the opportunity to further develop your special interests with post-graduate study.

Career Pathways

As a graduate of the Toi Whakaari Arts Management programme you will have well-developed practical, administrative and managerial leadership skills. You will be flexible and your skills will be highly transferable. There are many careers that can come from gaining a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Management). The roles listed below are jobs where many of our graduates currently work in, with their skills being highly transferable. Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

  • Producer
  • Stage Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Arts Administrator
  • Events Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Tour Manager
  • Theatre Technician
  • Special Effects technician
  • Television Floor Manager
  • Front of House Manager
  • Music Producer
  • Film Production Manager
  • Runner
  • Venue Technician/Manager
  • Community Development Worker
  • Fundraiser
  • Festival Producer

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

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