The University of Otago is launching a new degree next year
for multitalented performing arts students with career
aspirations in music, theatre and dance.
The three-year Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA) is a
collaboration between the theatre, music and dance programmes
and designed to give students the opportunity to study in the
different performing arts as part of the same qualification.
Programme co-ordinator Dr Suzanne Little from theatre studies
said the degree was being introduced in response to demand
''We often see students who are extremely talented in at
least two areas of music, theatre or dance.
''This degree enables them to study and train at university
level in all these areas,'' she said.
Students would utilise performance areas in Allen Hall for
theatre, Marama Hall for music performance, and dance studios
''We would love to see 15 or more students undertaking this
degree next year, and we think it is going to be a very
popular option for new students in the future,'' she said.