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New Zealand Certificate in Performing Arts (Level 4)

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If your dream is to work in the entertainment industry, this course will equip you with the skills required for employment and ensure you have a solid foundation to build on.

You'll gain a repertoire of essential technical skills and develop your abilities in the areas of singing, dancing, acting, movement and performance. Together, these skills will enable you to work in both community and professional settings.

This qualification is the only Level 4 performing arts programme in New Zealand.

Career opportunities

This qualification can lead to employment or self-employment as an entry-level performer in performing arts industry roles.

Study pathways

After completing this qualification, you can broaden your skills and opportunities by studying the Bachelor of Performing Arts with optional specialisation in Music Theatre (subject to audition).

Entry criteria

10 NCEA Level 1 literacy credits or equivalent entry qualification.

Alternative requirements

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

English language requirements:

IELTS test - Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5


TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) - Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)

Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill

Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36

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