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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 ([email protected]).

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 Location:Hamilton
Area of Study:

Career opportunities

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

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
MEDIA501Critical and Creative Approaches to Research30.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Online) & 22B (Online)
This paper identifies the constraints and freedoms of research methods, and places a strong emphasis on research as an intellectual, theoretical, and processual activity as well as the roles of interdisciplinary projects in creating unique methodological and conceptual media research.
MEDIA507Theory and Research in Action30.022B (Hamilton)
Have you got a topic you are passionate about to research? This supervised paper provides students the opportunity to engage with primary texts in preparation for writing their dissertation. You will explore research design frameworks which will support the completion of a robust dissertation.
MEDIA508Creative Practice Research30.022A (Hamilton) & 22B (Hamilton)
Are you a creative practitioner that wants to experiment with practice-led research? This supervised paper offers a site for experimentation and development of a practical project to be included in a final dissertation.
THSTS561Special Topic30.022B (Hamilton)
No description available.

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Subject links

Screen and Media Studies Programme

Subject Requirements


  • 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: [email protected]