Drama exists as texts which we can study, but is only fully realised when a dramatic text becomes live in performance. The study of drama is therefore academic (the analysis of texts) and creative (acting, designing, writing and directing).

Areas of study

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.

You can study Drama in the following programmes:

What you will learn

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.

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