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Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

Welcome to one of the world's leading performing arts academies, delivering the most comprehensive range of performing arts training in Australia. Here, you can develop your skills on-stage as an actor, dancer or musician, or behind-the-scenes in production, design or arts management.

Why ECU?

  • The Good Universities Guide 2021

    Good Universities Guide

    In the 2021 Good Universities Guide, ECU graduates have given us a 5-star rating for teaching quality, skills development, student support, learning resources, learner engagement and overall student experience.

    The 5-star rating for undergraduate teaching quality has now been achieved for 14 straight years.

    Read more about the Good Universities Guide.

  • THE Impact Rankings 2020

    THE Impact Rankings

    ECU has been ranked number 9 in the world for Quality Education and is in the top 100 overall in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact rankings, showing how the global higher education sector is working towards the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

    Read more about the THE Impact Rankings

  • THE World University Rankings 2020 Top 100 Young

    THE Young University Rankings

    ECU has been ranked in the world's top 100 universities under 50 years old in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings, THE World University Rankings.

Courses

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.

About WAAPA Courses

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.

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If you already know what you're interested in, choose a discipline.

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

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Scholarship opportunities to reduce your expenses

Scholarships recognise those whose life journey may have been challenging, as well as students who've shown outstanding academic excellence and endeavour.

A scholarship can help you realise your ambitions by paying for fees, text books and living expenses.

Realise your dream with our scholarships

Sound decision leads to working with Cirque du Soleil

Just two years after finishing his WAAPA training, Production & Design graduate Christian Peterson is now touring the world as a sound engineer with Cirque du Soleil.

After graduating, Christian worked full-time as a sound technician on festivals, concerts and theatre shows in Perth and around Australia. After scoring a gig on the Perth leg of the Cirque du Soleil show, Kooza he was offered the tour of Australia, New Zealand and Dubai with the Cirque show, Toruk.

Christian then spent several months in Montreal, Canada – where Cirque is based – designing and building the arena version of Corteo. He is currently touring North America with Corteo. Nice work we say!

Explore your options

It takes a skilled and creative team to put on a show. WAAPA is the place to learn the diverse range of disciplines that work together to entertain and enthral an audience.

Student stories

  • Melissa Fitzgerald

    Melissa Fitzgerald

    Bachelor of Music (Classical Performance - Instrumental) graduate & PhD candidate

    "Studying classical guitar at WAAPA is one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences"

    I began my studies as a timid girl with much to learn, but found quickly that being surrounded by passionate staff and students every day created an excellent environment for learning and developing my craft. All of the classes helped to further my development as a musician, however for me, the highlight was my individual tuition, workshop classes, and frequent performance opportunities as they really helped me to grow in confidence and gain experience as a performer.

  • James Robertson

    James Robertson

    WAAPA Arts Management graduate

    "The Arts Management degree gave me the skills and contacts to form a fantastic career in the arts industry"

    In my role as Head of Media and Client Relations at AKA, my team and I formulate the strategy for and execute large and small scale end-to-end marketing campaigns for commercial theatre, not-for-profit theatre companies, galleries and museums, major events and a diverse range of other arts and entertainment forms.

    Having had exposure to all of these, WAAPA set me up to be confident in the industry, no matter what I have ended up working on. The networking opportunities with graduates who are leaders in their field and the intensive secondment program put me in both large and small organisations and allowed me to meet people who are now my close colleagues.

    Since leaving WAAPA, I've worked alongside many Arts Management graduates who are now the top marketers, producers, development professionals and managers in the arts industry and we always have a strong bond.

  • Nelson Baker

    Nelson Baker

    WAAPA Aboriginal Performance and Diploma of Screen Performance graduate

    "The greatest gift WAAPA gave me was confidence"

    Knowing what you’re doing on set and within yourself with your acting is so important. Of course I have continued to learn so much more on set, but WAAPA gave me really strong foundations to work from. Everything both of these intensive courses offered me, from script-reading to short film work, has helped me so much and allowed me to feel ready for professional work in this amazing industry.