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Study Performing Arts at Otago

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Overview

By studying Performing Arts students are able to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of different performance forms, and to learn about the history, theories and key practitioners in the worlds of Theatre, Dance and Music.

The Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA) degree provides a rare opportunity for intensive study in all three performing arts - music, theatre and dance - blended into one degree.

The degree requires three years of full-time or its equivalent in part-time study. It can lead to opportunities in a wide range of careers in various musical/theatrical forms and styles, as well as in musical and theatrical education, media, and other related fields.

Theatre, dance and music may also be studied solely or jointly as majors or minors in other University of Otago degrees. There is also the option of undertaking specialist study within music in a Bachelor of Music (MusB) degree.

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Contact details

Email mtpa@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/mtpa

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Qualifications

Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA)

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA)

Level Papers Points
100-level

MUSI 101  Materials of Music 1

THEA 122  Drama on Stage and Screen

THEA 151  Improvisation

THEA 153  Voice and Movement

One of:
PHSE 115  Fundamentals of Dance or PHSE 116  Elements of Dance

Either one of:
MUSI 131  Composition 1
MUSI 135  Songwriting
PERF 102  Musical Theatre Voice 1A
or one of
MUSI 141 Performance 1
MUSI 146  Contemporary Music Performance 1

18

18

18

18

 
18

 36

200-level

MUSI 265  Music and Theatre

THEA 221  Theatre: Ancient to Contemporary

THEA 252  The Actor

Either one of:
MUSI 234  Contemporary Composition
PERF 202  Musical Theatre Voice 2A
PERF 204  Dance for Musical Theatre
or one of
MUSI 241 Performance 2
MUSI 246  Professional Practice 2A

18

18

18

 36

300-level

PERF 301 Performance Project

One of:
PERF 304 Dance for Musical Theatre
THEA 351 Performing Shakespeare
THEA 352 Directing
THEA 353 Bicultural Theatre

One of:
MUSI 331 Composition Projects
MUSI 341 Performance 3
MUSI 346 Contemporary Music Performance 3
PERF 302 Musical Theatre Voice 

18

 

18

 

 36

Plus

Either 36 further MUSI, PERF, THEA, or PHSE (Dance only) points at 200-level or above and 72 further points in any subject; or for students who have passed MUSI 141 or 146 and MUSI 241 or 246 (36 points each), 18 further MUSI, PERF, THEA or PHSE (Dance only) points at 200-level or above and 54 further points in any subject.

36

72

Total   360

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