In­no­va­tive, ex­cit­ing approach to per­form­ing arts ed­u­ca­tion

Central Leader - - Sport -

BEST’s Pa­cific In­sti­tute of Per­form­ing Arts (PIPA) of­fers prospec­tive stu­dents a new and ex­cit­ing approach to per­form­ing arts ed­u­ca­tion. Their in­no­va­tive pro­grammes com­bine con­tem­po­rary teach­ing prac­tice with a gen­uine Pasi­fika flavour.

For the past four years the 36 week Cer­tifi­cate in Screen and Per­form­ing Arts (level 3) has been of­fered, with the aim to give stu­dents a strong foun­da­tion in drama, dance, film and TV stud­ies.

From 2008 PIPA is very ex­cited to be of­fer­ing New Zealand’s first Diploma in Pa­cific Per­form­ing Arts (level 5). This pro­gramme in­cludes cour­ses in tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary Pasi­fika per­for­mance, Pasi­fika cul­ture and cus­toms and the per­form­ing arts.

Stu­dents learn drama, move­ment and theatre stud­ies along­side their Pasi­fika course­work and through var­i­ous pub­lic per­for­mances they gain a solid foun­da­tion in pro­fes­sional per­form­ing arts prac­tice.

This pro­gramme aims to equip stu­dents with an in­ter­est in Pasi­fika with the nec­es­sary skills to ex­cel in the per­form­ing arts in­dus­try, which in re­cent years has seen an ex­plo­sion of Pa­cific con­tent on New Zealand stage and screen.

Some re­cent suc­cesses in­clude the fea­ture films No 2, Siones Wed­ding, The Mar­ket and Bro Town.

Within the theatre in­dus­try in New Zealand the voices of new Pa­cific writ­ers, direc­tors and per­form­ers are mak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on all as­pects of the per­form­ing arts.

Upon grad­u­a­tion, stu­dents will be at an ad­vanced stan­dard to en­ter the per­form­ing arts in­dus­try, equipped with rel­e­vant tech­niques and pro­cesses to work as pro­fes­sional ac­tors on stage and screen.

As well as be­ing com­pe­tent ac­tors, grad­u­ates will have par­tic­u­lar strength and knowl­edge in con­tem­po­rary and tra­di­tional cul­tural Pa­cific Is­land per­for­mance. This may lead to work in Pasi­fika per­for­mance troupes and dance com­pa­nies lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Stu­dents will have an un­der­stand­ing of per­form­ing arts man­age­ment and in­fra­struc­ture which will give them an ex­cel­lent ground­ing to gen­er­ate their own work within the in­dus­try.

PIPA is based at the UNITEC cam­pus, Car­ring­ton Rd, Mt Al­bert. For more de­tails, phone 0800 GO PIPA (0800 467 472) or Text PIPA to 5161.

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