Overview

Theatre for the real world

With the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Theatre Studies) you can take theatre studies without having to complete a second bachelor’s degree.

  • Level

  • Graduate, NZQF Level 7
  • Campus

  • Auckland, Manawatū, Wellington
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Duration

  • 0.5 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.

This exciting applied theatre and performing arts course combines theatre for social change with real-world communication techniques. You can use it to study another subject area without completing a second bachelor’s degree.

Gain critical drama and creativity skills

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

Learn from national and international theatre practitioners

Your lecturers are nationally and internationally known theatre practitioners. They have won prestigious awards in teaching, critical research and theatre practice. 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. This includes 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, as well as on theatre’s role in enhancing society, community and democracy. You’ll be able to apply your new skills to various 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, you’ll explore how it provides access to different kinds of audiences and encourages social responsibility.

Careers and further study

Careers

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

  • writing, devising and directing original theatre
  • teaching theatre and drama in schools and universities
  • communication, journalism and broadcasting
  • marketing, public relations, and event management
  • local government and community development
  • community work and activism

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
  • develops team and group working skills
  • develops practical project management skills (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
  • develops your appreciation for theatre and the arts as catalysts for social change.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission

Required

To enter the Graduate Certificate in Arts you will have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor's degree.

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

60 credits

From the Schedule to the Certificate including:

From your endorsement with at least 30 credits of these at 300 level

From the Schedule

 
  • Ensure overall you have at least 45 credits at 300 level
See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.

Courses for this specialisation

139220 Theatre for Change 15
139224 Making Plays for Theatre 15
139303 Modern Drama 15
139320 Theatre in Production 15
139323 Script Writing 15
139333 Creativity in the Community 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

If you study full-time, you’ll take 60 credits per semester.

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.


A good fit if you:

  • have a passion for theatre and the creative arts
  • want to develop creative and artistic skills
  • seek opportunities to explore creative writing and media production in performance settings.

Key information for students

Compare qualifications and academic information across different New Zealand institutions.

Regulations

Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

 

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

About electives

Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships

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