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Production & Design

When you watch a performance, it's easy to think that all of the creativity is happening on stage. But it takes a lot of creative energy behind the scenes to make the whole show come together.

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Courses

Study world ready

Production and Design courses include our highly-regarded Arts Management course, plus professionally recognised Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas offering specialisations in Costume for Performance, Design, Lighting, Props and Scenery, Sound and Stage Management.

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Sound decision leads to working with Circque 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!

Student
stories

  • "Going to WAAPA not only gives you a top of the line education in your chosen field, but guarantees you a group of life-long friends"
    Hannah Portwine
    Hannah PortwineWAAPA Stage Management graduate

    The people you meet and work with over your time at WAAPA become your second family – and having that support network for the rest of your career is so important.

    My WAAPA family extends across the world now and constantly continues to grow, presenting all manner of career opportunities.

  • "The Arts Management degree gave me the skills and contacts to form a fantastic career in the arts industry"
    James Robertson
    James RobertsonWAAPA Arts Management graduate

    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.

  • "The design course at WAAPA is unlike any other course in Australia"
    Tyler hill
    Tyler HillWAAPA Design graduate

    Over my three years at WAAPA I was completely immersed in both design theory and design for production. The course is unlike any other in Australia, as you can study the discipline while constantly realising your own set and costumes for plays, musicals, operas and dance.

    Furthermore, with opportunities such as secondments and master-classes, design students are introduced to professional designers and companies to gain more understanding for design for live performance.

    WAAPA was a real eye-opener, helping me understand the opportunities in the arts industry, both locally and internationally. Now designing shows for Black Swan State Theatre Company and Lost and Found Opera Company, I cannot wait to see what lies ahead.

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