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Perform the change you want to see in the world with Massey’s unique Diploma in Arts (Theatre Studies).
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This exciting applied theatre and performing arts diploma combines theatre for social change with real-world communication techniques.
Theatre studies will develop your acting, directing, teamwork, event management and playmaking skills. You’ll be challenged to think critically and write powerfully, and learn how to produce compelling creative performances.
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.
This diploma 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.
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.
Massey’s Diploma in Arts (Theatre Studies) will develop the creative and artistic skills that are important in many vocations, such as:
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