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Creative Practices

Are you looking to expand your mind and stimulate your creativity with a practical and versatile field of study? Creative Practices at Waikato focuses on the active arts and will provide you with the exciting opportunity to explore the creative and the performing arts including music, Māori creative practices, dance and theatre.

Please note: There will be no new enrolments in the Creative practices major, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or supporting subject from 2017. Students who commenced a major in Creative Practices in 2016 or prior should consult the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences for advice (wfass@waikato.ac.nz).

Creative Practices explores the development, expression and interaction of cultural practices with an increasing element of technology. You will develop practical understanding and in-depth experience in the creative processes of performance, composition and production within both contemporary and traditional contexts. You will also develop critical and reflective analyses of your own practices.

There are four streams available for the Creative Practices major depending on your interests: Dance, Māori Arts, Music and Theatre.

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Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton
Faculty:

Career opportunities

  • Community Arts Adviser
  • Composer
  • Events Manager
  • Producer
  • Theatre Manager

Prescriptions for the PGCert(CreatePrac), PGDip(CreatePrac) and MMCT

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Creative Practices papers, a student should normally have completed a Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies or an undergraduate programme considered to be equivalent by the Chair of the School of Arts and have achieved at least a B average over either all of the papers in their undergraduate major or the best three 300 level papers in the major.

To complete a MMCT in Creative Practices, students must complete 180 points at 500 level including CRPC502, CRPC593 and 60 points from MUSI502, MUSIC560, SMST507, SPLS520, THSTS544 and THSTS561.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CRPC591Creative Research Project19B (Hamilton)
Students undertake a collaboratively-designed creative research project that demonstrates the research topic and creative process. Students complete an individual action research report that documents and analyses research methods and findings in the context of relevant theory and practice.
CRPC592Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
Students complete a self-designed research project and dissertation that demonstrates the research process and analyses the findings in the context of relevant theory and practice.
CRPC593Creative Research Thesis19C (Hamilton)
Students will complete a collaboratively-designed creative research project that demonstrates the research topic and creative process. In an individual action report, students document and analyse research methods and findings in the context of relevant theory and practice. Students subsequently design and complete a research proje...
HSHUP520Special Topic19C (Hamilton)
No description available.
MEDIA501Theory and Research in Action19A (Hamilton)
This paper is designed to provide an advanced understanding of screen research methods and outcomes. It identifies the constraints and freedoms of research methods, and places a strong emphasis on explaining how research can be understood as an intellectual and theoretical activity. Students are required to develop and work on thei...
MEDIA506Scriptwriting19A (Hamilton)
This workshop-based paper develops understanding and experience of script-construction processes and practices as well as script analysis. Students will produce second draft scripts for the format, length and genre of their choice.
MUSIC560Special Topic19Y (Hamilton)
No description available.
THSTS544Embodiment and Performance19Y (Hamilton)
Through a structured reading programme and practical directing exercises, the paper obliges a close study of the many factors which influence the creation of a theatre performance. The paper also explores the development of the role of the director by studying the works of major directors and theatre practice theorists over a range...
THSTS561Special Topic19B (Hamilton)
No description available.

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Subject links

Screen and Media Studies Programme


Undergraduate Requirements

Please note: There will be no new enrolments in the Creative practices major, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or supporting subject from 2017. Students who commenced a major in Creative Practices in 2016 or prior should consult the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences for advice.

Creative Practices is available as a major for the BMCT. Creative Practices 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 Creative Practices, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in Creative Practices, including CRPC200, CRPC300, and at least 40 further points above 200 level. It is recommended that students intending to major in Creative Practices include papers in the first year of their programme of study that meet prerequisites for study at 200 level and above. In addition, students must complete the compulsory papers for the BMCT degree: CGRD161, CRPC101, SMST101, CRPC301. For further details see Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies.

There are four pathways for the Creative Practices major. Students may choose at least one pathway. Recommended papers for each pathway are:

  • Dance: Two of ALED225, SPLS208 or SPLS214, and two of SPLS308, TIKA357 and THST308
  • Māori Arts: Two of TIKA211, TIKA241, TIKA251 or TIKA257, and TIKA341 and TIKA357
  • Music: Two of MUSI215, MUSI240 or TIKA241, and two of MUSI315, MUSI323, MUSI340 or TIKA341
  • Theatre: THST212, THST260, THST302 and THST308.

  • Documents

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Handbook
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Handbook
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Career Moves

  • Contacts

    Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
    Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4543
    General and Undergraduate Email Enquiries: crpc-fass@waikato.ac.nz