Bachelor of Music Theatre

Ara Institute of Canterbury

Subject area

Performing Arts not elsewhere classified

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Entry requirements

Bachelor of Music Theatre
Academic Requirements
New Zealand University Entrance: NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at level 3 and 20 credits at level 2 or
higher) which must include 14 credits at Level 3 in each of three approved* subjects, and
* Literacy* - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing
* Numeracy* - 10 credits at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit
standards 26623, 26626, 26627)
New Zealand Certificate in Performing Arts (Level 4) or equivalent.
Note: Applicants who have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (eg International
Baccalaureate, Cambridge examination) should contact Ara for requirements.
* NZQA approved subjects: see
Alternative Requirements
Applicants who are unable to evidence that they meet Academic entry requirements, but who can
demonstrate acquired skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience,
may be approved for alternative entry. This may include Recognition of Prior Learning. Contact Ara
for advice.
Additional Requirements
Applicants are required to:
* Submit a completed Additional Requirements form (see Appendix 3.7) with the requested
* Attend an audition. Absentee auditions may be arranged (such as overseas applicants) via
digital media platforms such as Skype or Face Time or via YouTube and Vimeo with
applicants interviewed by telephone.
English Requirements
If English is not the applicant's first language, applicants will need to provide a result from a test or
qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
Applicants who do not have evidence of English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or
permanent resident, may contact Ara for an assessment.
* IELTS 6.0 Academic (no lower than 5.5 in any subtest).
Note: IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two
years from the date of the test

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The Bachelor of Music Theatre is an applied, industry-integrated programme targeted at school leavers seeking a formal, full-time Music Theatre training in order to prepare for a career in the Performing Arts industry.

The diverse graduates of the programme will be reflective theatrical practitioners with the technical and collaborative skills which enable them to be engaged in and contribute to performing arts practice in Aotearoa New Zealand and globally. In addition, these graduates will be equipped with the ability to communicate and innovate within their industry and across a range
of creative and cultural contexts.

What graduates earn

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Contact details

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Phone: (03) 940 8669
Fax: (03) 366 6544

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