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Study Theatre Studies at Otago

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Overview

Theatre Studies at Otago is based in Allen Hall Theatre, which is a working theatre featuring a very full programme of lunchtime and evening productions throughout the academic year. You will become involved in productions at the theatre, (both onstage and backstage) as part of your course work. 

Courses are not intended as full professional training for theatre, film or television. However, Theatre Studies graduates have found work as actors, primary and secondary school drama teachers, television production managers, script writers, lighting designers, stage managers, directors in theatre, film and TV, drama tutors and coaches. The courses are also a useful background for such occupations as broadcasting, journalism, arts administration, law and marketing amongst others.

Theatre Studies improves communication skills, lateral thinking, team-building, creativity and imagination, and self-confidence, and its principles can be applied to a wide range of teaching and management skills.

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Contact details

Allen Hall
PO Box 56
Dunedin
Tel 64 3 479 8896
Fax 64 3 479 5235

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

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Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Theatre Studies (THEA) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Theatre Studies

Level Papers Points
100-level

THEA 122  Drama on Stage and Screen

THEA 151  Improvisation

THEA 152  Theatre Technology

Note: THEA 152 should normally be taken in the first or second year of the programme.

18

18

18

200-level

THEA 221  Theatre: Ancient to Contemporary

Two further 200-level THEA papers

MUSI 265  Music and Theatre, may be substituted for one THEA paper

18

36

300-level

Four 300-level THEA papers

MUSI 365  Music and Theatre, may be substituted for one THEA paper

72

Plus

180 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

180
Total   360

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Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) in Theatre Studies

Papers Points

An approved paper at 400-level or above may be substituted for one 20-point THEA paper

120

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Master of Arts (MA) in Theatre Studies

Thesis
  • Thesis: THEA 5

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Master of Arts (MA) in Theatre Studies - course work option

Papers

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Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Theatre Studies

Thesis
  • Thesis THEA 5A

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Minor Subject Requirements

Theatre Studies as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level

THEA 122  Drama on Stage and Screen

One further 100-level THEA paper

18

18

200-level Two 200-level THEA papers

36

300-level One 300-level THEA paper

18

 

MUSI 265  Music and Theatre, or MUSI 365  Music and Theatre, may be substituted for one THEA paper

May not be included in BPA programmes.

 
Total   90

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