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CUA50213 - Diploma of Musical Theatre

Course code C68

This nationally-recognised qualification reflects the role of performers working or aspiring to work in musical theatre and cabaret productions.

Students will develop skills in acting, singing and dancing, and the important integration of all three, through highly practical classes and production projects.

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Course overview

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

C68

Fees

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

1 year full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup
Mount Lawley FT
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

C68

Fees

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

1 year full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

This course is not offered on-campus or online to international students.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

    All applicants are required to attend an audition, and attend an interview, and normally be turning 18 by 30 June in the year of commencing the course.

    Note For more information, including guidelines for specific disciplines, please see our Interviews, folios and auditions web page.

    Academic admission requirements (Band 1) may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Completion of Year 10 or equivalent.
  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Year 10 English completion or equivalent.

Applications for this course are not accepted through ECU's Experience Based Entry Scheme.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Semester availability

This course is not offered on-campus or online to international students.

Course Structure

Students complete 6 core units and 10 elective units, in accordance with CUA50213 Diploma of Musical Theatre packaging rules.

Year 1 - VET Full
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAIND402Provide freelance services
CUAPRF504Refine musical theatre techniques
CUAACT402Develop acting techniques for musical theatre
CUAWRT501Write about dance
CUAPRF409Perform in a musical theatre ensemble
CUADAN403Develop expertise in jazz dance technique
CUAWRT502Develop storylines and treatments
CUAMLT501Refine aural perception skills
CUAWRT503Write about music
CUAWHS501Maintain a high level of fitness for performance
Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAMPF407Develop vocal techniques
CUAPRF601Extend musical theatre performance techniques to a professional level
CUAPRF501Refine performance techniques
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAPRF503Prepare for performances in a competitive environment
CUAVOS401Develop singing techniques for musical theatre
CUAPRF408Perform solo in a musical theatre context

C68|2

For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

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Fees and Scholarships

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VET course fees are set by the WA Government and they vary from course to course. For more information, please go to Fees and Scholarships.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

By studying at WAAPA, students gain practical performance experience in a range of the performing arts, preparing them to work professionally in a wide range of theatre activity.

Possible future job titles

Actor, Singer, Performer, Entertainer, Dancer

Courses you can consider if you are interested in progressing further in this area.

Become World Ready

Student stories

Mackenzie Dunn

Mackenzie Dunn

WAAPA Music Theatre graduate

"The WAAPA Musical Theatre course was an unbelievable launching pad for me and my fellow class mates into this crazy industry we call the performing arts"

One of the many invaluable opportunities we were given, and a personal highlight for me, was working with professional creatives (choreographers, directors and writers).

Even at the end of a sweaty fourteen-hour day – that could have possibly included a keyboard spot test, a high stakes scene presentation, a song repertoire performance, show choreography rehearsal, a ballet class and a costume parade – WAAPA was constantly buzzing with passion and was an amazing place to study for three years.

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    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

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    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

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