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Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts


Subject area

Creative Arts not elsewhere classified

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Entry requirements

General Academic Admission
a) Candidates are required to have:
i. NCEA Level 3 comprised of 60 credits at NCEA Level 3 or above and 20 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above, including:
(1) 14 credits each at NCEA Level 3 in three approved subjects1; and
(2) Literacy2 (10 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above made up of 5 credits each in reading and writing); and
(3) Numeracy3 (10 credits at NCEA Level 1 or above); or
ii. A relevant level 4 qualification; or
iii. Equivalent.
b) In exceptional cases, candidates with 60 credits at NCEA Level 2 across four subjects including 12 credits in a Language Rich4 subject, or equivalent, will be considered.
c) In addition, for admission into the BMusPA Composition and Audio Production endorsements, candidates will:
i. Have gained grade three music theory, or sit a music theory test as determined by the School, and
ii. submit a portfolio of work as specified below, and
iii. If shortlisted, may be required to participate in an interview and/or audition
d) For admission into the BMusPA Performance endorsement, candidates will:
i. Have gained grade 6 Practical Trinity College London, Royal School of Music London, Rock School London, or
ii. Attend an audition to demonstrate equivalent skills and abilities in instrumental performance.
e) In addition, for admission into the BMusPA theatre endorsement, candidates will:
i. submit a portfolio of work, and
ii. If shortlisted, may be required to participate in an interview and/or audition

English Language Requirements
c) Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.0 with no individual band score lower than 5.5; or,
d) Equivalent.

For Special Admission, Provisional Entry and Selection Criteria, refer to programme specific regulations.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

This programme is for those who are passionate about entertaining, performing, exploring the cutting edge of sound, and bringing artistic ideas to life - it is for those who are driven to find their musical voice.
Music crosses cultures, styles, and history, and students will have the opportunity to craft moments that transcend these boundaries of the world. With an emphasis on problem-solving, lateral thinking, collaboration, communication and self-management, the graduate of Music and Performing Arts will go into the world ready to meet the challenges that lie ahead within a multitude of potential creative pathways.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Other Creative Arts at this level can earn:


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Data as at November 2022

Scholarship information

Examples of related scholarships

AUT International Excellence Scholarship- Southeast Asia


$5000 NZDContribution to fees

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AUT International Excellence Scholarship - South Asia


NZD$5,000Contribution to fees

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This information comes from Generosity New Zealand. For more scholarships, search their givME database (formerly called BreakOut) via your college, university or local library website.

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 444 204
Phone: (0800) 294 6832
Fax: (07) 838 0707

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