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Undergraduate Study in the Bachelor of Performing Arts

Specialisations in the combined study of music, theatre and dance

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 other subjects or in further specialisations in music, theatre, or dance

Graduates of the degree may wish 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.

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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 MUSI 140 and MUSI 141 (Classical), MUSI 146 (Contemporary) and PERF 102 1A and PERF 102 1B (Musical Theatre Voice).

Audition applications are due by 1 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 1 September for entry the following year
  • Late applications will be considered, subject to teacher availability

Audition information for contemporary or classical performance

Go to information about the performance audition process

Auditions for 2021 will be held on Saturday 19 September 2020 and Sunday 20 September 2020 (if required).

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Programme requirements and papers for the Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA)

Details of BPA programme requirements and papers