Waikato's Theatre Studies programme takes a theory-through-practice approach to teaching and learning the art of theatre. We take the live encounter of a theatre performance as our starting point, encouraging you to explore and extend your own dramatic practice.
Many papers in the programme provide opportunities for the practical study of performance, while others examine the theories that have shaped and informed theatre over the ages. Two papers have public performances at their core, with the study process mirroring the creative process of page-to-stage, or idea-to-stage, that results in the performance. You'll learn about, and potentially add to, New Zealand's rich array of theatrical forms, established and traditional, and new and experimental.
Practical tutorials, seminars and rehearsals take place the theatre laboratory space, the New Place Theatre/Te Tapere Hou, and the Playhouse Theatre within the University's purpose-built Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, which is also the venue for public performances.
Careers for Theatre Studies graduates include employment within community and professional theatres, local arts councils, schools, film production companies, and arts agencies such as Creative New Zealand and New Zealand On Air.
- Arts Administrator
- Stage Manager
- Theatre Technician
Study Theatre Studies in any of these qualifications
|Old Worlds - New Worlds||ARTS101||15.0 Points|
|Dance, Movement and Culture||SPLS105||15.0 Points|
|On Stage: Theatre in New Zealand Theatres||THST101||15.0 Points|
|Social Practices and Creative Technologies: Foundation||CRPC200||20.0 Points|
|Shakespeare's Theatre||ENGL202||20.0 Points|
|Work Placement||FASS296||20.0 Points|
|Music Theatre||MUSI226||20.0 Points|
|Choreographing for Places and Sites||SPLS208||20.0 Points|
|Community Dance||SPLS214||20.0 Points|
|Contemporary Theatre: Current Trends in Theatre Texts||THST204||20.0 Points|
|Theatre for Schools and Communities||THST209||20.0 Points|
|Stage Performance: Techniques for Actors and Performers||THST212||20.0 Points|
|Examining the Physical in Theatre||THST260||20.0 Points|
|Social Practices and Creative Technologies: Advanced||CRPC300||20.0 Points|
|Performing Dance||SPLS308||20.0 Points|
|Play Production||THST301||20.0 Points|
|Theatre Workshop||THST302||20.0 Points|
|Creating Theatre||THST308||20.0 Points|
|Special Topic||THST360||20.0 Points|
|Directed Study||THST390||20.0 Points|
Prescriptions for the GradCert(TheatSt) and GradDip(TheatSt)
A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Theatre Studies at an advanced level in their first degree.
For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.
Prescriptions for the PGCert(TheatSt), PGDip(TheatSt), BA(Hons) and MA
To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Theatre Studies papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in the best three of their 300 level Theatre Studies papers. Honours students will be required to complete a minimum of 90 points from THST coded papers.
To complete a BA(Hons) in Theatre Studies, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally THST591) and at least 60 points from THST coded papers listed for Theatre Studies. The following papers are considered complementary to the Theatre Studies BA(Hons) programme: ENGL502 and MUSI502.
To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MA in Theatre Studies, a student should have completed either:
a) a BA with a major in Theatre Studies (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ grade average either in the best three of their 300 level Theatre Studies papers or all of their undergraduate Theatre Studies papers, or
b) a BA(Hons) in Theatre Studies (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average across all 500 level papers.
Completion requirements for the MA in Theatre Studies vary according to admission criteria:
Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including a research foundations paper, and either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.
Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.
|Directing for Theatre||THST544||60.0 Points|
|Theatre Anthropology: The Art of the Performer||THST545||30.0 Points|
|Laboratory Theatre||THST546||30.0 Points|
|Special Topic: Applied Theatre||THST560||30.0 Points|
|Special Topic||THST561||30.0 Points|
|Directed Study||THST590||30.0 Points|
|Theatre Studies Thesis||THST593||90.0 Points|
|Theatre Studies Thesis||THST594||120.0 Points|
Prescriptions for the MPhil
The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
|Theatre Studies MPhil Thesis||THST800||120.0 Points|
Prescriptions for the PhD
The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
|Theatre Studies PhD Thesis||THST900||120.0 Points|
Theatre Studies is available as a major for the BA. Theatre Studies may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.
To complete a major in Theatre Studies, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in Theatre Studies, including at least 60 points above 200 level. CRPC200, ENGL202, MUSI226, SPLS214, CRPC300, and SPLS308 may be counted towards a major in Theatre Studies.
Note: Candidates must gain at least 60 points at 100 level, including 45 points in any subject(s) and 15 points in Theatre Studies papers before enrolling in Theatre Studies papers above 100 level, and at least 90 points at 100 and 200 level before enrolling in Theatre Studies papers above 200 level.
Please note: For all graduate subject requirements check the information provided in the papers section above.