University of Auckland - Drama Tools Short Course Summer 2018

Published: 22 September 2017

University of Auckland - Drama Tools Short Course Summer 2018

Drama Tools introduces the skills that are essential in creating theatre. Centered around acting and storytelling, this intensive course also incorporates an understanding of design, set, props, costume, lighting and sound. This course is ideal for English, Drama, Creative Writing, Film or Media students looking for a practical study abroad experience. You will explore devised theatre, currently emerging as one of the most popular genres of contemporary theatre. Devising is a process in which the entire team collectively develops, then performs the work. Under the guidance of experienced theatre practitioner James Wenley, you will work in a collaborative fashion through ongoing group discussion and theatrical practice. Working through the tenets of devising, you will respond to provocations, generating and exploring material, thus creating a cohesive work of theatre. In addition to giving you an understanding of the process of theatre-making, this course is designed to teach transferable skills such as effective communication, teamwork and problem-solving – all fundamental when developing a successful production.

Course structure: Monday to Friday, full-time (approximately 45 hrs per week)
A minimum cohort of ten students is required before the course will run.

8 - 10 February: Production (three performances)

12 February: Debrief and discussion

Weekends: Free time to explore the history, ecology and culture of Auckland, as well as undertake organised field trips.

Credit Weighting: 15 NZ points (approximately 3-5 US credits). International students may be able to cross-credit back to your home institution.

Programme Fee: NZ$6,150 GST inclusive (US$4,238*). Fee includes tuition, accommodation, and local field trips.

Eligibility: This course is designed for students with two years’ undergraduate experience. A background in English, Drama (Theatre), Creative Writing, Film or Media is preferred, but not essential. Students with only one year of undergraduate experience and a strong creative and theatre portfolio are also eligible for entry.


If you wish to transfer credit for the program, you must first seek approval from your faculty for credit transfer through Cross-Institutional EnrolmentUNSW students should also complete the UNSW Overseas Short Course Application Form.

For more information see Applying for credit and funding for your overseas short course.

Students apply directly to University of Auckland on their website 

Risk assessment

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Before departure

All students should register their travel with UNSW. You should also undertake a risk assessment before heading overseas. For more information see How to prepare for departure.

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