Do you enjoy problem solving on events and live stage productions?
Do you want to work with others under pressure and with technical equipment?
Do you want to develop your skills and expand your knowledge of all back stage areas?

The Diploma in Entertainment Technology is a two year programme, integrating technical, planning and organisational skills to support a collaborative approach to performance projects. This course leads to employment in the industry as indispensable creatives in lighting, sound and audio-visual (AV) as stage mechanics, touring technicians, show and event operators.

If you are considering a future in Lighting Design there are two pathways at Toi Whakaari.

The first is our Diploma in Entertainment Technology – which focuses on a broad range of skills for a theatre and events technician, providing ample opportunities in lighting and lighting design through the course.

The second pathway is our Bachelor of Design (Stage and Screen), which focuses on a broad range of design and design process skills, needed for creative and performance arts This degree course also crossover lighting learning with some components of the Diploma in Entertainment Technology.

Check out our Design for Stage and Screen programme here

Toi Whakaari’s graduates make up many of New Zealand’s theatre and event technicians, who work as lighting and sound designers and technicians: at venues; for theatre and events companies; and on touring circuits. Many of their skills are transferable to other industries, such as Film & Television. Our graduates get work.

Get a taste of where our graduates work here

Entertainment Technology students study in an environment alongside five other integrated courses with a focus on applying skills and the ability to work as part of a multi-discipline performing arts team.

Check out what our graduates do here

If you can see yourself leading multi-discipline teams in producing live stage productions or events and working closely in a team with directors, actors, choreographers, musicians and costumiers, please see the Bachelor of Performing Arts Management.

If you see yourself as an integral, technically proficient and analytical technician who demonstrates a high level of craft, collaboration and competency in performing arts production – then the Diploma of Entertainment Technology is the course for you. For information on how to apply click here

From 2017 Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School intends to deliver the new national diploma:
New Zealand Diploma in Performing Arts Technical Production (Level 6)
This will replace the existing Diploma in Entertainment Technology

For more information:

  • Download a copy of the entertainment technology pages from our prospectus here.
  • Click to see the flow of study areas over the two year course here
  • Take part in a short course at Toi Whakaari.
  • For more information, and to discuss which course is right for you, contact Lisa Maule


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