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Study Performing Arts at Otago

St Margarets student playing piano


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

School of Performing Arts

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Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA)

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Programme requirements

Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA)

Level Papers Points

THEA 153  Voice and Movement

One of:
MUSI 103  Popular Music
MUSI 104  World Music
MUSI 105  Music Matters
THEA 122  Drama on Stage and Screen



Above 100-level

MUSI, THEA, PERF or DANC papers above 100-level worth 126 points, including 300-level papers worth at least 72 points



Further papers worth 198 points, including 54 above 100-level, comprising:


Total   360

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