New Zealand Certificate in Performing Arts

Ara Institute of Canterbury

Subject area

Performing Arts not elsewhere classified




1 Year

Total student fees


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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

This qualification is for individuals who wish to develop their experience and practice in a non-traditional performing arts discipline such as Pasifika, Musical Theatre, Circus Arts or other non-defined and emerging arts. This qualification is not intended for individuals wishing to focus on Dance, Drama or Music.

It provides the performing arts industry with performers who have a limited repertoire of technical skills that allow them to perform in community and professional settings.

Graduates can contribute to the cultural and social life of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

Academic: 10 NCEA Level 1 literacy credits Additional: Applicants must attend an audition to assess: vocal skills and ability; acting skills; dance/movement skills; ability and potential to study performing arts English: IELTS 5.5 Academic (no lower than 5.0 in any subtest)

Detailed requirements

See provider website for more details about entry to this qualification.


1 Year

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$6,408 $6,408
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$5,574 $5,574
Total $11,982 $11,982

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A Compulsory Student Services Fee may be charged, see your provider for details.

Student Success


National Graduate Outcomes

Outcomes for students who completed qualifications at the same level and in the same subject area, three years after completion:

Median earnings $40,000
Earnings range $29,000 - $47,000
In employment 50%
In further study 34%
On a benefit 8%

All KIS information is the most recent data available and relates to domestic students only.

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 242 476
Phone: (03) 940 8669
Fax: (03) 366 6544

Please contact the provider for details of where this qualification is offered.

Where does this information come from?

The Key Information for Students data is compiled by the Tertiary Education Commission based on information provided by tertiary education providers and the Ministry of Education. Remember to check the provider’s website for further details.

NZQA supplies all other information based on material from the provider.

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