Develop the acting and performance skills you need to realise your full potential as an actor on screen and on the stage. Increase your awareness of voice, posture, fitness, co-ordination, spatial awareness and use of breath in relation to acting. Work on a variety of film and stage projects, and learn to express the emotional and intellectual states of a character through classical and contemporary acting techniques.

You’ll benefit from staff who are experienced industry professionals and committed to developing actor training techniques. They have extensive research portfolios and maintain strong relationships with the industry.


  • Numerous performance opportunities both on film and in front of audiences
  • A model of the real entertainment industry: working closely with directing and writing, film and television, and performance technology students.
  • Close links with industry: we’re active members of SPADA (Screen Production and Development Association), WIFT (Women in Film and Television), Playmarket, New Zealand Writers Guild, Entertainment Technology NZ and New Zealand Film and Video Technicians’ Guild.
  • Strong ties with South Pacific Pictures, the Auckland Theatre Company, and Silo Theatre, where students have gained practical experience before graduating
  • Strong international connections
  • Student exchange program available through UniJet
  • Acting students collaborate with screen students to participate in significant teaching and performance projects across both theatre and screen
  • Connected to Auckland’s vibrant and rapidly expanding theatre and film sector
  • Small, dedicated core teaching team with guest lecturers who are currently working in the field

The unique nature of each student is celebrated through an intensive training programme built on bravery, risk, humour, respect, teamwork and innovation. You’ll be nurtured and challenged to reach your potential through four interdependent core units: Acting Techniques, Voice, Movement, Theatre and Screen Studies (plus critical practices). Our commitment to support you on your journey is shown through the community created and nurtured.


Around 150 people apply each year for the 24 places offered in Year One. First round auditions are held throughout New Zealand in early November. You’ll be given clear information at the time of your application about what to learn and how to prepare. From these first-round auditions a group of applicants is selected for second round auditions. These are held in Auckland over a weekend in early November. From this two-day workshop the final selection of trainee actors is made for the following year.


  • Art director
    Audio engineer
    Audio-visual technician
    Costume maker
    Costume supervisor
    Production manager
    Scenic painter


IELTS Academic score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5.

Great Nation NZ offers practical guidance to students on enrolling for the Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts (Acting for Screen and Theatre) course at the Unitec Institute of Technology in New Zealand. To avail of our coaching contact us by filling out the contact form on this website, calling us or walking into one of our centers.