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Graduate Diploma in Arts (Theatre Studies)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available at Wellington
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Not available for international students

Theatre for the real world

The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Theatre Studies) will give you the equivalent of an undergraduate major in theatre studies without completing a second bachelor’s degree.

Find out more about the Graduate Diploma in Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

A Massey Graduate Diploma in Arts (Theatre Studies) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to get the equivalent of a major in theatre studies. 

This exciting applied theatre and performing arts course combines theatre for social change with real-world communication techniques.

Gain critical drama and creativity skills

A Graduate Diploma in Arts (Theatre Studies) will develop your acting, directing, teamwork, event management and playmaking skills. You’ll be challenged to think critically, write powerfully and produce compelling creative performances.

Learn from national and international theatre practitioners

You’ll be taught by award-winning and passionate staff. Your lecturers are nationally and internationally known theatre practitioners, who have won prestigious awards in teaching, critical research and theatre practice. Whether you choose to study at Auckland, Manawatu or Wellington, you’ll be working in our custom-designed and well-equipped theatre labs.

Relevant to the real world

This programme offers an applied approach to theatre. It focuses on understanding theatre as a change agent, including how actor/director training, playmaking and the study of drama as literature can develop you as a powerful communicator. There is a strong emphasis on real-world applications and on theatre’s role in enhancing society, community and democracy. You’ll be able to apply your new skills to business, community, education and other real-world contexts.

Develop your social responsibility

Several of our theatre courses are driven by the need to cultivate new kinds of communities. You’ll be encouraged to build texts and develop discourses that respond to social, cultural and environmental needs. You’ll not only study theatre as literature, but will explore how it provides access to different kinds of audiences and encourages social responsibility.

A good fit if you:

  • Enjoy being involved in creative events
  • Have a passion for theatre and the expressive arts
  • Want to develop creative and artistic skills
  • Have a strong sense of social responsibility
  • Seek opportunities to explore creative writing and media production in performance settings


A GradDipArts (Theatre Studies) will develop the creative and artistic skills that are important in many vocations, such as:

  • Communications
  • Journalism and broadcasting
  • Media training
  • Marketing
  • Public relations
  • Publishing and editing
  • Drama teaching in schools and universities
  • Event management

Our students tell us that theatre studies:

  • Builds skills for your CV
  • Makes you stand out from the crowd
  • Increases confidence and creativity
  • Improves public speaking and presentation skills
  • Provides practical project management (problem-solving, deadlines, budgets, goal-setting, directing others, taking direction)
  • Helps you to understand others through a humanities lens - culture, society, difference and empathy
  • Increases understanding and application of multimedia

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