Postgraduate study in Drama

Postgraduate study opportunities in Drama

Postgraduate study in Drama is designed to invigorate creative practice through academic study. You can emphasise either theory or practice or pursue a mix of both. You can also take postgraduate English courses in the literary study of drama as part of a postgraduate degree in Drama.

Practical drama and theatre projects

You can pursue your own drama or theatre projects, either as an individual or as part of a group. You might write your own play, direct and design plays and performances or take a major role in a production. You might also carry out research in acting technique or other aspects of performance. Thesis and research work can involve a practical element.

Larger projects are usually undertaken in the second year of postgraduate study.

Student work has been broadcast by Radio New Zealand and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Edge in Auckland and at other professional venues.
 

Drama academic staff

Drama staff are involved in the theatre profession and in research, both of which contribute to their teaching. Associate Professor Murray Edmond has worked as dramaturge for the internationally successful Indian Ink Theatre Company for the last ten years.
 

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Drama

The BA(Hons) is a stand alone degree at postgraduate level. It may be taken after a completed BA and is awarded as a separate qualification. The BA(Hons) may be used as the entry qualification for the one year MA.

Admission requirements

A Bachelors degree containing advanced level courses in Drama or Theatre.

Programme overview

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Required course of study

Consult the BA(Hons) schedule for the courses you may take and how to structure your study.

Master of Arts in Drama

Programme overview

Master of Arts

There are two separate MA options, depending on your entrance pathway.

120-point (one-year) MA

The 120-point MA requires one year of full-time study, with admission from a BA(Hons) or PGDipArts. It is available as either a research or taught masters.

Admission requirements

A BA(Hons) or PGDipArts in Drama or Drama Studies with an average grade of B or higher, or approval of the Co-ordinator of Drama.

Required course of study

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

240-point (two-year) MA

The 240-point MA requires two consecutive years of full-time study, with admission from a BA or approved equivalent qualification. It is available as either a research or taught masters.

Admission requirements

A bachelors degree containing advanced level courses in Drama or Theatre, with an average grade of B or higher in at least 45 points above Stage II.

To progress to the second year of the MA

In the first 120 points of MA enrolment, you must achieve:

  • An average grade of B, or
  • For a research masters, any grade specified for enrolment in a thesis or research portfolio.

If you do not achieve the required grade, enrolment for the MA cannot continue.

Required course of study

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

Apply and enrol

To apply and enrol for postgraduate study, visit our page on how to apply.

Contact a Graduate Adviser

For more information on postgradute study in Drama, contact an Adviser.