Undergraduate study in Drama

What you can study in Drama

By studying for a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Drama, you will combine the literary study of drama with experience in all aspects of performance, both individually and collectively.

First-year classes vary from public speaking and performance to practical study in Māori, Pacific and modern dance. Advanced Drama courses provide training in acting and involve a full-scale, public production, as well as production management skills. 

As you proceed with your study at a postgraduate level, you will have opportunities in areas such as acting, writing or directing; or you might choose to focus on the historical or theoretical study of drama.

How to apply for the Drama major

As the Drama major has limited spaces available, students can apply to the major after having completed DRAMA 100. To apply you will need to submit an application form. 

  • Application form avaliable: From 1 November 2021
  • Deadline for applications: 30 November 2021 
  • Selection made: Early December
  • Students notified about results: Mid-December 

Selection is based on performance in DRAMA 100 (or equivalent course), overall GPA, and your personal application. We are normally able to accommodate most applications to the major. 

If you have any questions about applying, please contact the Arts Students' Centre.

Structuring your BA major in Drama

You can take a major in Drama as one of the two components of your double major for a BA. You will need to pass at least 120 points (equivalent of eight courses) towards each of your majors, including at least 45 points (three courses) at Stage III.

BA courses in Drama

Explore the undergraduate courses you can take as part of a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Drama. You would normally take Stage I courses in your first year, Stage II in your second and Stage III in your third.

Required courses

You must pass the following courses as part of the Drama major:

  • DRAMA 100, DRAMA 202 and two courses from DRAMA 301-306

Scholarships and awards

Help and advice

For help with planning your BA and enrolling in your courses, please contact the Arts Students' Centre.

If you would like to find out more about studying Drama, you can contact our Undergraduate Adviser.