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Full-time course options

The New Zealand Diploma in Dance (Level 6)

The New Zealand Diploma in Dance (Level 6) is a two-year program that prepares students for a career in performance. The first year focuses on building a strong foundation in classical ballet and contemporary dance techniques. In the second year, students refine their technical skills, develop performance abilities, and participate in regular dance performances. The curriculum also includes a substantial choreographic component for both ballet and contemporary dance students. The program emphasises professional development and self-management, teaching students essential skills for navigating the dance industry. Allied subjects such as nutrition, dance history, anatomy and physiology, and music studies complement the dance training. Overall, this diploma offers a comprehensive education for aspiring dancers, equipping them with the necessary skills for a successful performance career.
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The New Zealand School of Dance Diploma in Dance Performance (Level 7)

During the third year of training, students are exposed to a wide range of diverse experiences both within the School and externally. Secondments and professional placements play a crucial role in this year, allowing students to work with dance companies for up to twelve weeks during term time. Contemporary dance students also have the chance to showcase their talent by choreographing their own works for the Choreographic Season produced every winter. Additionally, students have the exciting opportunity to perform in the School's annual Performance Season. This diploma provides a platform for students to gain practical experience and develop their skills as they prepare for a successful career in dance performance.
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How To Apply

Applying is Easy

Our application process is streamlined and consists of four simple steps. Before you begin, ensure that you have all necessary documentation and photographs readily available. 

For a comprehensive understanding of the application process, please refer to our 'How to Apply' page, which provides a detailed walkthrough of each step.
Download and complete forms
Application Form                
Attend an audition
How to Apply
International Students


Different nationalities throughout the School

NZSD Welcomes International Students

In recent years students from Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, China, Brazil, Taiwan, French Polynesia and New Zealand have trained at the School. Most have gone on to successful international careers.

Students from New Zealand, Australia, Niue, the Cook Islands and Tokelau are classified as domestic students for the purposes of study in New Zealand.

Please ensure that you keep abreast of New Zealand border restrictions and information via Immigration New Zealand.

Entry Requirements

The general age requirement for full-time students is 16 to 18 years old. Any exceptions can be confirmed during the interview.

Registered students must have completed Grade 11 in New Zealand or equivalent (graduated from junior high school in China) and have any of the following classical ballet levels: Royal Academy of Dance Advanced 1 (RAD Advanced 1), International Dance Teachers Association Advanced 1 ( IDTA Advanced 1), British Ballet Advanced 1 (BBO Advanced 1), Cecchetti Advanced 1 (Cecchetti Advanced 1) or Ballet Australian Intermediate (BAL Intermediate) will be given priority for admission.

All classes in our college are taught in English, so students need to master English proficiency or take language courses while studying. If the student's English proficiency is below level B1 of the EU European Language Framework standards, he or she must take an English learning course before admission.

The B1 level is defined as: "Can understand the main points of general expressions of common matters in work, study and life; can handle most situations that may occur if traveling in this language area; can explain familiar topics or personal interests Can make simple and coherent expressions of hobbies; can describe past experiences, activities, dreams, ideals and pursuits, and can briefly explain and explain one's own opinions and plans."

Student Visa

International students accepted into the New Zealand School of Dance full-time course are are required to apply for a New Zealand Student Visa.

When the School receives the Response to Offer of Place form and relevant payments and the annual tuition fee has been lodged with the Public Trust, we will send information for the student visa application including:

  • A Letter of Acceptance
  • Receipts
  • Verification of accommodation arrangements

For full details on visa applications, employment in New Zealand while studying and any other requirements visit the Immigration New Zealand website or email the NZSD Administration Manager.

Student Loans and Allowances

International students are not eligible to access any New Zealand government-funded loans or allowances to help cover their study costs.  

International students must arrange a student visa and insurance before arriving in New Zealand.


The New Zealand School of Dance will ensure that each international student has appropriate and current medical and travel insurance for the duration of their planned study period at the School.

The NZSD Administrator will arrange insurance for international students with Uni-Care from the date of travel to New Zealand.

Students usually pay for a visit to see their nearest General Practitioner (GP) and claim the cost back.

If students need to see a specialist, they must first see a GP to get a referral to a specialist.

Pre-approval for medical care over NZD$1,000.00 is recommended prior to incurring expenses to make sure it will be covered by the policy.

Hospital Stays:

If a student is admitted to hospital in an emergency this will be covered.

Students should contact Uni-Care if their stay in hospital is longer than 24 hours.

English Language

All classes at the New Zealand School of Dance are taught in English. Students need to understand conversational English, and may be required to study the language while at the School. Students must undertake an English language course before arriving at the School if their level of English is lower than B1 of the CEFR

Support for International Students

The School has support systems in place to assist international students. A student support manager provides advice to help students adjust to full-time training and life in New Zealand. The New Zealand School of Dance has agreed to observe and be bound by The Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021 published by the Minister of Education. The code is available from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.  

New Zealand School of Dance – Self-Review of Code of Practice.


New Zealand School of Danceは、当校に就学している留学生が、就学期間中、適切で有効な医療・旅行保険を持っていることを確実にする義務があります。


留学生に関する詳細はNZSDの服務規程担当者までEメールか電話(+64 4 381 9246)でお問い合わせください。




オンラインで申し込む – How to Apply


NCEA Level 1 (ニュージーランドの11年生、またはオーストラリアの10年生、一般的に15 歳の学力)か同等の学力、そして、クラシックバレエにおいて、RAD Advanced 1 (IDTA Advanced Level 1、BBO(British Ballet Organization)Advanced 1、Cecchetti Advanced 1、BAL Intermediate)同等のレベルに達している学生を優先します。

New Zealand School of Dance におけるクラスはすべて英語で行われます。当校の学生は英語を理解できることが必須で、在学中に英語の学習も必要となる場合もあります。英語のレベルがヨーロッパ言語共通参照枠CEFR(以下、参照)でB1 以下の場合は、当校入学前に英語のコースを受講してください。











如需了解更多关于国际学生,请发送电子邮件至新西兰舞蹈学院关爱辅导负责人,或拨打电话+64 4 381 9246.





网上申请 – How to Apply



报名学生如果已经完成新西兰11年级学业或同等学历(中国初中毕业),并且具有以下任意经典芭蕾等级的:英国皇家舞蹈学院高阶1级(RAD Advanced 1)、国际舞蹈教师协会高阶1级(IDTA Advanced 1)、英国芭蕾高阶1级(BBO Advanced 1)、Cecchetti高阶1级(Cecchetti Advanced 1)或芭蕾澳大利亚中级(BAL Intermediate),将给予优先录取。









Studying in Wellington

The New Zealand School of Dance is based in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington – a beautiful city, alive with cosmopolitan culture and a creative atmosphere.

Nestled between a stunning natural harbour and tree-covered hills, Wellington is a small city with a big heart. It is the cultural capital of New Zealand, with art galleries, theatres, outdoor activities and hundreds of cafes and restaurants – all to be found in close proximity to the School.
For more information about what Wellington has to offer check the link below:
Visit Wellington
Student Wellbeing

Supporting all students to reach their full potential

The School has support systems in place to assist students. A student support manager and a range of professionals are here to work with our students on optimising both their physical and mental health. This is about setting them up for successful and long careers.We are very committed to the welfare of our students, and we love to see them thrive.
The New Zealand School of Dance has agreed to observe and be bound by the Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021 published by the Minister of Education. The code is available from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

New Zealand School of Dance - Self Review of Code of Practice

The NZSD supports the New Zealand Qualification Authority’s commitment to maintaining the integrity of the New Zealand tertiary education sector. Illegal or unethical behaviour in the tertiary sector can be reported to Integrity Plus. Phone: 0800 46 36 76.


Homestay, or shared student living choices

Full-time students are accommodated through homestay accommodation and student apartment accommodation at Massey University’s Cube Hall. Students who are younger than 17 at the start of their 1st Yr are accommodated by Host Families NZ (homestay) and older 1st Yr as well as 2nd and 3rd Yr students have accommodation at Cube Hall.

Annual Fees for Full-Time Students

Domestic students* Year 1-3 : NZ$9,377 (incl gst)
International students* Year 1-3: NZ$29,000.00 (incl gst)

For domestic and International students, tuition fees must be paid in full at or before the beginning of Term One. The School reserves the right only to admit fee-paying students to classes.

The New Zealand School of Dance follows the Ministry of Education policy on fee refunds. Further information can be found here.

Uniform costs are additional for all students and will be advised.

All students pay a Student Services Levy (SSL) each year.

All fees and costs include GST

*Students from New Zealand, Australia, Niue, the Cook Islands and Tokelau are classified as domestic students for the purposes of study in New Zealand.
Tuition Fees and SSL

Free Fees

The New Zealand School of Dance is pleased to offer first-time tertiary learners the opportunity to study fees-free. This initiative covers tuition fees, associated mandatory fees and compulsory student services fees.

Check eligibility for fees-free study by using your National Student Number (NSN) at

Fee Protection

The School is required by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to provide protection of student fees. The School meets this requirement through the services of the Public Trust.  

Loans and Allowances

New Zealand students can apply for a government funded student loan to cover tuition fees and course-related costs, and a student allowance to cover living costs. Permanent residents and Australian citizens will be subject to a three year stand-down before they can receive a student loan or student allowance. This means they need to have lived in New Zealand for at least three years and be ordinarily resident in New Zealand. Permanent residents also need to have held permanent residence status for at least three years.
Other international students are not eligible to access any New Zealand government funded loans or allowances.
A student loan is repayable once a salary threshold is reached. The student loan does not accrue interest while a person remains in full-time study or if they secure employment within New Zealand.

For further information about New Zealand government funded student loans and allowances please visit StudyLink