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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.
If you already have something in mind, you can choose a WAAPA discipline to explore course options.
Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching.
ECU is Australia’s top university for overall education experience and teaching quality in the Creative Arts discipline.
QILT (Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching), is an annual government survey that measures a range of student experience factors across all Australian higher education institutions.
ECU is also rated the top public university in Australia for overall student experience in 2018.
Dance students performing in the production of Flourish.
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, Meg Mac, Frances O'Connor, Jai Courtney, William McInnes, Lisa McCune, Lucy Durack, Dacre Montgomery, Emma Matthews, Jamie Oehlers, Eddie Perfect and Tim Minchin have called WAAPA home.
WAAPA's Chicago stageshow in 2017. Photograph by Jon Green.
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.
Check out our performance calendar
At ECU, our scholarships aren't just awarded to academic high achievers. We award scholarships to all kinds of students for all kinds of reasons.
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In extremely competitive fields, the employment record of 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.
At WAAPA you can choose a degree specialising in a particular area, such as a Bachelor of Arts (Acting) or a Bachelor of Arts (Arts Management).
In some cases you can choose a specialisation within a degree. For example, you can specialise in Classical Vocal, Classical Instrumental, Composition and Music Technology, Jazz or Contemporary Music within a Bachelor of Music degree.
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).
We also offer Cert IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma vocational training courses in Aboriginal performance, music, dance, production and design.
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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 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:
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.
WAAPA's annual performance program has something for everyone, including ballet, contemporary dance, aboriginal performance, music theatre, jazz, classical and contemporary music.
In addition, our students, staff members and visiting artists regularly participate in studio showings, workshops, fund-raising functions, community activities and corporate events.
WAAPA now has its own spiegeltent, a truly unique venue for our students to practice and perform in.
We're the only university in the world with this facility.
Named The Edith - for obvious reasons - the spiegeltent was designed and built in Belgium.
The Edith moves into the city during the summer months to become a key venue at Perth's popular Fringe World Festival.
Visit this year's Fringe Festival for event information.
For the 12th year in a row, ECU graduates have given a 5-star rating for teaching quality in the 2019 Good Universities Guide.
This record is unmatched by all but two other Australian universities.
ECU has been rated Australia's top public university for student experience in the 2018 Australian Government QILT survey.
More than 85% of our students rated their overall university experience positively.
So when you graduate with an Arts, Music or Performance degree from WAAPA, you can expect to be better prepared than most to enter the world of work - and you may be rewarded with a better salary too!
A Day in the Life of WAAPA
"WAAPA handed all kinds of amazing opportunities to me on a silver platter."
I loved my time at WAAPA, it had such a profound impact on me. Imagine Disneyland for a performer, that’s what it felt like to me. I loved walking into the building in the mornings, seeing dancers stretching in the corridor, the guitarists strumming away on the couch, hearing a jazz band off in one of the studios, seeing people in costumes, carrying beautiful sets around, the singers humming to themselves.
WAAPA was the most positive and inspiring place for any creative person to flourish. I was super-lucky to have such wonderful teachers, but also felt that I was at a tremendous advantage having the opportunity to learn from all of the students there in all kinds of disciplines. It allowed me to fall in love with so much more than just my own major, and really helped me grow in my own pursuits.
WAAPA Classical Voice graduate
"I learnt everything I needed to know."
I sometimes do guest lectures at audio colleges and they are great for teaching kids how to use Pro Tools and Ableton but WAAPA teaches you about electronics and studios and radio and theatre and dance. Practical stuff that will help you get a job. I learnt everything I needed to know to walk into a studio and not break anything. And that’s a really good start!
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WAAPA Sound graduate
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