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Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts is one of the world's leading performing arts academies.

WAAPA is recognised nationally and internationally for the quality of its graduates.

We provide the most comprehensive range of performing arts training in Australia – both on stage and behind the scenes.

Entry into WAAPA courses is competitive, and you'll need to undertake an audition and/or an interview as part of your application.


WAAPA stars are born

Our graduates excel in their chosen professions around the world, confirming WAAPA's well-earned reputation.

Many well-known actors, dancers, musicians and music theatre stars, including Hugh Jackman, Frances O'Connor, Marcus Graham, William McInnes, Lisa McCune, Lucy Durack, Rachelle Durkin, Emma Matthews, Jamie Oehlers, Eddie Perfect and Tim Minchin have called WAAPA home.

Showcasing your talent

Each year students, staff and critically-acclaimed guest artists collaborate to present over 300 performances across a range of concerts, plays, dance, music theatre, opera and film. Many of these take place in WAAPA performance venues at our Mount Lawley Campus.

Exciting community partnerships also enable WAAPA to perform in a diverse range of spaces in Perth and beyond.

Why not check out our performance calendar?

Access to scholarships

With the support of an ECU scholarship, we can help you realise your ambitions by improving your financial situation and enabling you to successfully complete your course.

Why Study Online

Why Study Online?

At ECU we understand that everyone is different.

Different work arrangements, different family responsibilities, different locations or different learning styles.

That's why we offer the flexibility of studying many of our courses online.

Now you can study where you want, when you want.

Balance your study with family and work commitments. Or advance your career without leaving the workplace.

And just because you're not on campus doesn't mean we'll forget you. Online students get our full support too.


Why Postgrad Study

Why Postgrad Study?

Are you passionate about a particular area or field of work?

Have you just completed a degree and think you’d like to go onto postgraduate study?

Maybe you've been working as a professional and you’d like to gain a competitive advantage or change career direction?

Whatever your reason or background, we offer a wide range of postgraduate courses at ECU.

And because we understand that your life is already busy, we offer the flexibility and convenience of part-time and online study options too.


Your Degree

Your Degree

In extremely competitive fields, the employment record of ECU WAAPA graduates is outstanding and well attuned to the needs of the industry.

WAAPA designers, arts management and production graduates are highly sought after and many hold influential positions across performing arts companies, festivals, venues, film, television, major events, arts organisations and teaching institutions.

Study areas, degrees and majors

To help you choose a career direction, we've grouped similar fields of work into 12 study areas across ECU – WA Academy of Performing Arts is one of those study areas.

Within each study area you can choose a degree, for example a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Music.

For some degrees, you can choose a speciality, or major, like Acting or Arts Management.

Postgraduate degrees are also available through coursework or research. For example, you can study our Research Master's degree for a Master of Arts (Performing Arts).

A Closer Look

A Closer Look

The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts is located on ECU's Mount Lawley Campus, about ten minutes north of Perth's CBD and easily accessed by public transport.

Our world-class staff work in state-of-the-art performance and teaching facilities where they provide rigorous and specialised training of the highest order.

WAAPA Round House Theatre

Impressive facilities

WAAPA has an impressive range of production, rehearsal, teaching and performance facilities to support students and academics in their pursuit of excellence.

We have eight public performance spaces in constant use for performances and concerts, including:

  • the Geoff Gibbs Theatre – a 270-seat proscenium arch theatre;
  • the Roundhouse Theatre – a 130-seat court style theatre;
  • the 200-seat Music Auditorium, an outdoor ampitheatre; and
  • Enright Studio, Dance Studios and a Jazz Studio, all designed for more intimate performances.

WAAPA also has twelve large rehearsal and dance studios, several music and ensemble studios, a specialised visual and performing arts library collection, and many exhibition spaces.



Coming to WAAPA has blown my mind...

As well as showcasing the many wonderful facilities we have at WAAPA, this refreshing video follows a number of our students as they reflect on their experiences to date and tell us why they chose to study at this great Academy.

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In their own words: meet our WAAPA students.

The Payoff

The Payoff

In the latest Good Universities Guide, our graduates gave ECU a 5-star rating for their overall satisfaction, the quality of our teaching and for the generic skills they developed during their studies.

And we've achieved these ratings for six years in a row – from 2009 to 2014.

There is a high demand for generic skills in the workplace, with employers increasingly recruiting graduates who can demonstrate more than technical skills. This includes the ability to manage your time, being culturally aware, being a team player and being flexible and adaptable in your work.

So when you graduate with an Arts, Music or Performance degree at WAAPA, you can expect to be better prepared than most to enter the world of work.

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A Day in the Life of WAAPA


Hear from our students

Simon O'Leary

"WAAPA provided me with practical skills I can use every day."

The best thing about the Arts Management course is that you learn a little bit about everything. In my current role of Youth Cultural Projects Officer at City of Swan and my previous role at Country Arts WA, I found that my education had given me practical skills I used every day.

The ability to negotiate contracts and sponsorships, an understanding of intellectual property and copyright, budgeting and human resource management, which has come in particularly handy in my coordination of the dedicated team of volunteers at Hyper Fest.

Simon O'Leary

Arts Management graduate

Patrick Howe

"The training and experience I received at WAAPA has allowed me to channel my passion and belief in myself."

I have always had a passion for art and theatre design however, lacked the confidence to become a professional designer. The teaching and support I received has allowed me to work with many Australian and International directors and designers. This has led me to take my talent for art and theatre to a professional level. My time at WAAPA has been an invaluable experience and given me the confidence to present my work at the same level as other professionals in the industry.

Patrick Howe

Design graduate


Our student community

We have an active student community at ECU. Most faculties or schools have interest groups or events that relate to your area of study.

You can also make connections and join conversations on our social media pages.

Current Students

www.facebook.com/students.ecu

WAAPA Facebook Page

www.facebook.com/waapa.ecu

ECU Student Guild

www.facebook.com/ECUGuild

Before you enrol with us you might want to check out this page too:

Future Students

www.facebook.com/ecujourney

What next?

If Performing Arts sounds like your thing, go to Your Degree to find a course. Otherwise you can do a search on all ECU courses.

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