Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.

This subject is taught by the School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies.


From Shakespeare to Shortland Street, from a simple chalk square to the most elaborate multimedia setting, Theatre offers the seductive possibility of getting into someone else's skin, of seeing life through a new pair of eyes.

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) major in Theatre at Victoria gives you an opportunity to understand this impulse and what it means for an individual or a society. And it offers the opportunity to act on this impulse yourself using the resources of the Theatre programme's own fully equipped theatre, Studio 77.

Wellington has New Zealand's most vibrant theatre community, alive with both mainstream and fringe performance, and, with the New Zealand International Arts Festival, hosts innovative overseas acts. It is also home to the country's most exciting and quickly expanding film industry.

Theatre at Victoria is a foundation for creativity and career paths in both stage and screen.

Undergraduate information

Theatre major requirements

  1. THEA 101 and THEA 113
  2. 20 points from THEA 203, 204; and 40 further points from THEA 200–299, ENGL 208
  3. 40 points from THEA 300–399

The Head of School may approve the substitution of CREW 353 Writing for Theatre towards the THEA major.

Postgraduate information

Postgraduate qualifications in Theatre

For information specific to Theatre, please see our Postgraduate Study page. For information about the postgraduate qualifications, please click on the Faculty and School links below.

How to find out more

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If you’re a returning or transferring student, contact the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office, for help with degree planning and for information on admission requirements and transfer credit from other institutions.

Related subjects and careers

Related subjects Careers

Art History
Classical Studies
Cultural Anthropology
English Literature
Media Studies

Arts administrator
Script editor
Stage manager
Theatre and media producer

To view the latest Career View: Theatre brochure from Vic Careers, please see the PDF in the table below

Document File Size File Type
PDF Icon Career View: Theatre 530 KB PDF

List of courses

Theatre courses are taught within the School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies. The School office is located on the Ground Level, 83 Fairlie Terrace, Kelburn campus.

Please note: the list of courses displays undergraduate– and postgraduate–level courses for this subject.

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