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Performing Arts

The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts is one of the world's leading performing arts academies, recognised nationally and internationally for the quality of its acting, dance music theatre and music graduates.

Why ECU?

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    ECU top in teaching quality

    For the fifth year in a row, ECU has received the top undergraduate teaching quality ranking of all 37 public universities in Australia.

    ECU was also the top-ranked public university in Australia for undergraduate skills development for the sixth year in a row.

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  • 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 teaching quality has now been achieved for 14 straight years.

    Read more about the Good Universities Guide.

  • 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.


Study world ready

WAAPA provides world-class teaching, concert facilities and performance opportunities for aspiring professionals in acting, dance, classical, jazz or contemporary music, and musical theatre.

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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.

  • Joshua Webster

    Joshua Webster

    WAAPA Classical Music graduate

    "I love the atmosphere at WAAPA, the combination of brilliant staff and passionate students creates an inspiring space alive with possibilities"

    WAAPA pushed me to develop my musical skills, gave me the opportunity to have a wide range of musical experiences, helped me to make essential contacts, and to make wonderful friends.

    I'm very thankful to have been a student at WAAPA and can’t imagine having my career without it.

  • Mariah O'Dea

    Mariah O'Dea

    WAAPA Performing Arts graduate

    "The Bachelor of Performing Arts has given me the skills to maintain, develop and practice as an independent artist"

    The Bachelor of Performing Arts is the type of course that doesn't confine you to one specific artistic form. Instead it opens doors, windows, to numerous forms of performance art and how it exists in the world, broadening your own horizons of how you can be a part of it.

    It has let me experience what was once unknown practices such as the Suzuki Training Method and Butoh, it has even taken me to Singapore to train with many different cultures from all around the world at ITI. But most importantly, it has taught me what it truly means to be an artist – and that is knowing who you are and what you want to say.

    I have uncovered an authenticity in myself and this will forever be the base, or the truth, of all my work for years to come – whether that be performing or creating. Three years later, and I have not only grown as an artist, but also as a person.