Drama / Theatre Studies

Drama / Theatre Studies is about training to be an actor.

Studying in this area involves learning how to portray a character's thoughts, emotions and body movements.

This includes developing a range of skills such as vocal projection and speech, physical expressivity, imagination and improvisation.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Did you know?

One of the first actors in a play was a Greek in the 6th Century BC called Thespis of Icaria. From Thespis' name comes the word "thespian", meaning "actor".

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Actor (theatre, film, radio, television, advertising, etc)
  • Model
  • Comedian
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Drama teacher
  • Theatre studies teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


103% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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