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New Zealand Diploma in Performing Arts (Māori and Pacific Dance) (Level 6)

New Zealand Diploma in Performing Arts (Māori and Pacific Dance) (Level 6)

Level 6

Do you want to specialise in Māori, Samoa, Cook Islands, and New Zealand contemporary dance? UCOL’s New Zealand Diploma in Performing Arts (Māori and Pacific Dance) (Level 6) will help you develop a wide range of artistic skills and experience.

Māori Dance Performance at UCOL Campus
Quick info

Level: 6

Locations: UCOL Wairarapa in Masterton

Duration: 2 years, 34 weeks each year.
See Course Hours for details

Dates:
Feb 2022

Domestic Fees: *
TBCScholarship info

International Fees:*
TBC

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

The New Zealand Diploma in Performing Arts (Level 6) specialising in Māori and Pacific Dance will help you develop your awareness and understanding of Māori and Pacific Dance and prepare you for a performing arts careers in Māori and Pacific Dance. You will develop the knowledge, technique, and artistic skills you need to perform professionally and creatively in your chosen discipline.

The programme is focused on practical applications, and provides you with a welcoming environment for your creative development. You will be involved in a range of learning experiences and performance opportunities throughout this programme.

This programme uses blended delivery – combining in person, online, and in-work learning.

 Course Hours & Duration

This programme runs for 34 weeks each year, including 7 holiday weeks, for 2 years.

Per week, your learning will include approximately:

Class Time
24 hrs

Lectures, tutorials and/or online recordings.
Timetable set by your lecturer.
Study Time
14 hrs

Study in your own time.

You can also choose to study part-time, or possibly by paper. Talk to us about your options with this programme.

 Career & Study Outcomes

By completing this programme, you will understand a range of technical and artistic skills in Māori and Pacific dance forms and will be able to perform professionally and creatively.

 Course Information

This programme consist of 240 Credits. The courses includes:

Performance 1A (15 Credits)

Students will integrate their technical and artistic skills in a selected performance genre and develop sound rehearsal practice to present in-house performances. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate consistent rehearsal etiquette and commitment to the ensemble.
  • Collaborate with other performers and contribute to the development of a production.
  • Interpret staging requirements.
  • Perform with skill and artistry.
  • Review live and/or filmed performances in a selected genre.
  • Reflect on own performance and progression of learning.
 
Performance 1B (15 Credits)
Students will extend their technical and artistic skills and integration in a selected performance genre to present performances to the public. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate professional rehearsal etiquette.
  • Collaborate with other performers to perform creative ensemble work.
  • Perform with skill and artistry in public performances.
  • Reflect on own performance and progression of learning.

Professional Studies 1 (15 Credits)
Students will develop their professional practice and personal responsibility in preparation for entering the performing arts industry, including physical fitness and health. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the main features of anatomy and physiology and their functions.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the integration of muscle groups.
  • Use correct stretch techniques.
  • Demonstrate a consistent level of strength and fitness.
  • Discuss principles of good nutrition and plan a diet to support the lifestyle of a physical performer.
  • Take responsibility for personal planning and time management.

Contextual Studies (15 Credits)
Student will develop basic research skills, knowledge of the performing arts industry in Aotearoa New Zealand’s society and culture, and begin career planning for a selected performance genre of the performing arts industry. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify and present a review of personal artistic/creative influences.
  • Research and discuss examples of the impact of social and cultural contexts within their selected performing arts genre.
  • Discuss Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tikanga Māori in the cultural context of performing arts.
  • Analyse characteristics of your chosen performing arts industry area.

Technique 1A (Māori and Pacific Dance) (15 Credits)
Students will develop an understanding of Māori performing arts history, language, and culture, and develop skills in dancing technique. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate fundamental techniques of Māori performing arts.
  • Discuss history, language and culture as related to Māori performing arts.
  • Apply relevant tikanga in a Māori performing arts context.

Technique 1B (Māori and Pacific Dance) (15 Credits)
Students will learn about the Cook Islands performing arts history, language, and culture, and develop skills in dance technique. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate Cook Islands dance techniques.
  • Perform Cook Islands repertoire.
  • Discuss aspects of the geography, history, customs, protocols, and language of the Cook Islands.

Technique 1C (Māori and Pacific Dance) (15 Credits)
Students will learn about Samoa performing arts history, language, and culture, and develop skills in dance technique. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the role, purpose, and history of traditional dance in Samoan culture.
  • Apply the fundamental techniques of Samoa performing arts.
  • Demonstrate Samoan language skills within the context of Samoa performing arts.

Technique 1D (Māori and Pacific Dance) (15 Credits)
Students will develop technical, performance, and choreographic skills for contemporary dance. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Develop contemporary repertoire.
  • Apply movement skills and techniques pertinent to New Zealand contemporary dance.
  • Apply choreographic skills.
  • Devise a basic solo work.

Performance 2A (15 Credits)
Students will learn advanced technical and artistic skills in a selected performance genre and develop sound rehearsal practice to present in-house performances. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate consistent rehearsal etiquette and commitment to ensemble.
  • Collaborate professionally with other performers.
  • Contribute to the development of a production.
  • Perform with advanced skill and artistry.
  • Analyse and critique live and/or filmed performances in a selected genre.
  • Reflect on own performance and progress.

Performance 2B (15 Credits)
Students will be able to extend their technical and artistic skills and integration in a selected performance genre to present performances to public audiences. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate professional rehearsal etiquette.
  • Collaborate professionally with other performers to perform creative ensemble work.
  • Perform with advanced skill and artistry in public productions.
  • Reflect on own performance and progression of learning.

Professional Studies 2 (15 Credits)
Students will develop the fitness, strength, control, stamina, and flexibility to support performance; and prepare themselves to meet professional audition requirements. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate strength and fitness.
  • Develop a personal plan to manage injury prevention and maintenance.
  • Prepare and execute repertoire for audition.
  • Prepare a personal Curriculum Vitae.
  • Prepare a career plan.

Creative Enterprise (15 Credits)
Students will develop an understanding of business practice and professionalism in the performing arts industries; be equipped with an understanding of their potential as creative entrepreneurs; and be introduced to the skills required to plan a performing arts event or small-scale business activity. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the concept of professional, ethical practice in creative contexts.
  • Discuss the professional requirements associated with a creative arts business or an art project or event.
  • Apply accounting, budgeting, planning, and marketing skills required for a project or small business.
  • Develop a proposal for a creative project or event.

Technique 2A (Māori and Pacific Dance) (15 Credits)
Students will extend their knowledge of Māori performing arts history, language, and culture and develop advanced skills in dance technique. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Execute advanced techniques in Māori performing arts.
  • Choreograph a dance work incorporating traditional and contemporary forms.
  • Research and discuss historical contexts relating to Māori performing arts.
  • Demonstrate appropriate tikanga within a Māori performing arts context.

Technique 2B (Māori and Pacific Dance) (15 Credits)
Students will extend their knowledge of the Cook Islands performing arts history, language, and culture and develop advanced skills in dance technique. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate Cook Islands dance techniques at an advanced level.
  • Organise and manage the choreographic process, including costume design.
  • Perform a self-devised solo work.
    Research and discuss historical contexts that influence Cook Islands dance.

Technique 2C (Māori and Pacific Dance) (15 Credits)
Students will extend their knowledge of the language and culture of Samoa performing arts and to develop advanced Samoa dance techniques. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Research and discuss historical contexts of Siva Samoa.
  • Identify contemporary developments in Siva Samoa.
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in Siva Samoa technique.
  • Perform leadership roles in Siva Samoa.

Technique 2D (Māori and Pacific Dance) (15 Credits)
Students develop advanced technical, performance, and choreographic skills for contemporary dance. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Research and discuss developments in New Zealand contemporary dance.
  • Choreograph a contemporary dance.
  • Execute advanced technical skills in contemporary dance.
  • Perform a self-devised contemporary dance work.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA level 2 or equivalent qualification/work experience

AND 

evidence of ability based on an audition.

 

For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement for international students is IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (ie combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). 

In addition to this, international applicants under the age of 20 must have NCEA equivalency (refer to guide held by Business Development International). 

UCOL is a iBT testing centre.

 Advice & Guidance

Students are given a list of requirements prior to starting. They are expected to provide the following:
  • Black dance pants
  • Black T-shirt
  • Lavalava
  • Black sports bra
  • Black seamless undergarment

Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course have already been met. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the UCOL Academic Statute and other relavant policies and procedures.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email (not via the online application form).

 Additional Costs

TBC

 Accreditation

The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.

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