Develop an extensive knowledge of Māori, Samoa, Cook Islands and New Zealand contemporary dance on this major of the Bachelor of Creativity

Performing Arts at Whitireia is known for its dynamic performances and a commitment to maintaining Aotearoa New Zealand and Pacific heritage dance. The first two years of the Bachelor of Creativity (Performing Arts) provide a strong base in Māori, Samoa, Cook Islands and New Zealand contemporary dance performance, with students developing strengths in technique, performance and choreography. In the third year, students build on the knowledge they have acquired to create and perform an original body of work.

Programme Outline

This Performing Arts major of the Bachelor of Creativity combines core courses with specialist Performing Arts courses. Subjects in the Performing Arts specialisation cover the following topics:

  • Samoa dance performance
  • Māori dance performance
  • Cook Islands dance performance
  • New Zealand contemporary dance performance
  • Costuming for performance
  • Performing Arts touring
  • Audition technique

In addition to specialised topics, the Bachelor of Creativity includes both core courses and the option to enrol in electives.


2019 Performing Arts Auditions

Auditions for our performing arts programmes are held towards the end of the year. They usually involve workshops or groups classes as well as some individual demonstration. The Te Auaha Performing Arts Audition Timetable for October 2018 is available here.

Entry Requirements

University entry or equivalent study/work experience, and evidence of suitability based on audition.

International students

Proven equivalence to domestic entry requirements and IELTS 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5)


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