Course details

Bachelor of Performing Arts (Management)
NZQF Level 7

About the course

The Bachelor of Performing Arts (Management) is an intensive, full-time, three-year degree course that covers the fundamentals of arts management, including stage and production management, marketing, fundraising and sponsorship, event management and technical skills, as well as financial and strategic planning. 

We take up to 12 students a year, who acquire an array of practical, technical and managerial skills that lead to creative management and leadership roles in different arts environments. Students hone their skills through productions and workshops and participate in industry networks and internships with seasoned professionals. 

Toi Whakaari ensures that graduates can build, collaborate, think critically and manage complex processes in order to be ready to enter the arts industry upon graduation.

Entry requirements

We are looking for ambitious people who can see opportunities to contribute to the performing arts sector. Entry to the Bachelor of Performing Arts (Management) is by application, interview and a workshop. Applicants are asked to answer some questions outlining why they want to study at Toi Whakaari, and what, with your future goals in mind, this training will help you accomplish. We also require two references - either work, school and/or character references.

Personal Statement Info:

In the Personal Statement section of the Application Form please answer the following questions:

In 100-150 words each (max), please tell us:

Why are you applying for this course?
Describe two of your most significant achievements and what you have discovered about yourself from these achievements.
What challenges do you think you may encounter as a student at Toi Whakaari?
Using an example, describe what type of live performing arts events you follow & enjoy, and why.
Where do you hope Toi Whakaari will lead you to? What is your main ambition?
What qualities would you bring to Toi Whakaari?

About the provider


Our Kaupapa (Mission Statement) is: Opening up the future and potential of performance practice.

We are a bicultural organisation and the following values form our foundation.


Wairua: Spirit. Innovation. Inspiration. Artistry. Research and Development.

Kawa Whakaruruhau: Protecting. Creating cultural safety and supporting individual differences.. Growing individual agency.

Aroha: Love and sharing. Connecting up the performing arts community. Growing sustainability and wellness in our industry and community.

Manaakitanga: Caring and welcoming. Holding mana - our history of prestige, excellence. Maintaining and enhancing our integrity. Growing and nurturing the industry in relationship to growing our students.


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