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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 theatre, 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 theatre, 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.
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.
In their own words: meet our WAAPA students.
In the latest Good Universities Guide, our graduates gave ECU a 5-star rating for the quality of our teaching and for the starting salaries they've secured since graduating.
We've now achieved 5-star ratings for teaching quality for the past seven years, while consistently rating highly on overall graduate satisfaction and generic skills development during that time.
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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