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Undergraduate Study in the Bachelor of Performing Arts

The Bachelor of Performing Arts degree:

  • requires three years of full-time or its equivalent in part-time study and offers specialisations in the combined study of music, theatre and dance
  • totals 360 points and is made up of music, theatre and dance papers but may include up to 90 points (usually five papers) in further specialisations in music, theatre, dance or other subjects
  • is a blended specialist degree that contains practice-based training in some key areas for which students must pass an audition to be accepted.

Graduates of the degree will be able to pursue careers in a wide range of musical/theatrical forms and styles, as well as in performing arts related education, media, and other related fields

Auditions are required for vocals or playing an instrument

In music, you must choose one or more areas of specialisation, including singing, playing a musical instrument and/or composing/song-writing.

If you choose the singing and/or playing an instrument option/s, then you must audition for entry. These performance papers are MUSI140 and MUSI141 (classical), MUSI146 (contemporary) and PERF102 1a and PERF102 1b (musical theatre).

Audition applications are due by 1st September

  • Auditions for these papers normally take place in Dunedin in late September for entry the following year.
  • It is also possible to audition by submitting a DVD or YouTube link, with these being due on September 1st for entry the following year. 
  • Late applications will be considered, subject to teacher availability. 

For more information:


Audition information for contemporary or classical performance

Go to information about the performance audition process

Auditions for 2020 will be held on Saturday 5th October 2019

Requirements for other papers for the Bachelor of Arts (BPA)

  • The song-writing paper, MUSI135, does not require an audition and is open to all students regardless of whether they can read or write music notation.
  • The first year composition paper, MUSI131, requires that beginning students are comfortable in both the reading and writing of music.
  • There are no auditions required for entry into the theatre and dance papers.

Go to more details of BPA programme requirements and papers