Expressive arts

Expressive Arts is an interdisciplinary programme that comprises three major discipline areas: theatre arts, creative writing and media practice. Expressive arts courses can be taken as a major or minor within the Bachelor of Communication, as part of an English or Media Studies major/minor in the Bachelor of Arts, or as elective subjects. Our programme explores the importance of artistic expression and the value of creative communication.

We are interested in some of the fundamental questions that have traditionally underscored studies in the humanities: aesthetics, emotion, beauty, truth, identity and what it means to be human in the 21st century. Expressive arts explores these questions in relation to principles of creative processes, aesthetic dynamics, and notions of cultural citizenship. The programme equally values the roles of creative activity and critical enquiry in offering ‘ways of knowing’ that can help us to better communicate and understand important issues facing our globe, our nation, our home, and our selves.

The curriculum offers a balance of artistic practice and scholarly research. Courses are taught by subject lecturers who are practicing artists in their fields who are equipped to help you develop critical thinking, research and interpretation skills, as well as practical proficiencies in creative communication and expression. If you want to develop your artistic literacy or your practical creative skills, if you are an aspiring cultural producer and have a novel, a poem, a play, or a film that you have always wanted to produce, then expressive arts is the programme for you.

Courses

Undergraduate

139.133 Creative Communication

139.209 Speaking: Theory and Practice
139.220 Theatre for Change
139.223 Creative Processes
139.224 Making Plays for Theatre
139.229 Writing Poetry
139.280 Creative Non-Fiction: Creative Writing II
139.285 Fiction Writing
154.204 Digital Media Production I
154.224 Documentary (Non-Fiction) Film

139.320 Theatre in Production
139.323 Script Writing
139.326 Travel Writing
139.329 Advanced Fiction Writing
139.333 Creativity in the Community
139.340 The Publishing Project
139.362 Oceanic Literatures of Aotearoa
139.381 Advanced Studies in Creative Writing
154.304 Digital Media Production II

Postgraduate

139.765 New Directions in Creative Writing
154.747 Media Practice and Global Culture

For thesis options see Master of Arts (English), Master of Arts (Media Studies), Master of Communication, Master of Creative Writing and PhD.

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