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Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

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Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts at ECU

The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, or WAAPA, is recognised nationally and internationally for the quality of its graduates.

Our performing arts training encompasses both on-stage and behind the scenes skills development.

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

Why ECU?

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.

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.

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

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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.

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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

  • "Being a mature, international student, I've felt welcome from day one"
    Mandy Rauch
    Mandy RauchWAAPA Arts Management student

    My study experience thus far has only been amazing! One of the things that impresses me the most is the fact that ECU are really committed, being involved in both your study experience as well as your personal well-being. They offer assistance in both and I definitely feel they care about every individual student. The lecturers are the best in my field of study and are engaged with students. Being a mature, international student, I've felt welcome from day one.

    My greatest achievement so far is definitely being accepted to study at WAAPA. I have worked as front-of-house staff for several student productions and volunteered at a few art events. This is an excellent way of getting in contact with organisations and individuals working in the industry. By the time I graduate, I'll have already acquired valuable experience in the field.

    I love the vibrant art scene in Perth – there are a variety of events, lots are for free. Apart from art, Perth offers so much entertainment and relaxation. The parks are beautiful and well kept. I love that fact that I feel safe in Perth and that people respect one another.

  • "WAAPA was an invaluable experience and gave me many opportunities"
    Natalie Allen
    Natalie AllenWAAPA Dance graduate

    The Advanced Diploma course delivered exceptional training for me to develop many skills to become a professional dancer. The course involved choreographic practice, learning critical thinking skills and applying dance knowledge in performance.

    It definitely contributed to my success in the professional dance industry

  • "The greatest gift WAAPA gave me was confidence"
    Nelson Baker
    Nelson BakerWAAPA Aboriginal Performance and Diploma of Screen Performance graduate

    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.

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