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Diploma in Arts (Theatre Studies)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available at Wellington
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Theatre for the real world

Perform the change you want to see in the world with Massey’s unique Diploma in Arts (Theatre Studies).

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What is it like?

This exciting applied theatre and performing arts diploma combines theatre for social change with real-world communication techniques. 

Gain critical drama and creativity skills

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.

Learn from national and international theatre practitioners

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.

Apply it in the real world

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.

Develop your social responsibility

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.

A good fit if you:

  • Have a passion for theatre and the expressive arts
  • Want to develop creative and artistic skills
  • Have a strong sense of social responsibility
  • Want to combine study of theatre with an understanding of how creativity works
  • Seek opportunities to explore creative writing and media production in performance settings


Massey’s Diploma in Arts (Theatre Studies) will develop the creative and artistic skills that are important in many vocations, such as:

  • Writing and directing original theatre
  • Drama teachers in schools and universities
  • Stand-up comedy
  • Communication, journalism and broadcasting
  • Media training

Our students tell us that theatre studies:

  • Builds skills for your CV
  • Makes you stand out from the crowd
  • Increases confidence and creativity
  • Improves public speaking and presentation skills
  • Provides practical project management (problem-solving, deadlines, budgets, goal-setting, directing others, taking direction)
  • Helps you to understand others through a humanities lens - culture, society, difference and empathy
  • Increases understanding and application of multimedia

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