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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?

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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.

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"A Day in the Life of WAAPA"

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 enthrall an audience.

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  • "WAAPA really prepared me for the industry in every way possible"
    Ian Michael
    Ian MichaelWAAPA Aboriginal Performance graduate

    I really fell in love with theatre and the process of making it when I was at WAAPA and from pretty early on knew that I wanted to do it for the rest of my life.

    I enjoyed the hard work every day and the shows I saw at WAAPA are still some of my favourite pieces of theatre I've ever seen. WAAPA really prepared me for the industry in every way possible.

  • "WAAPA’s arts management course made me work-ready"
    Katherena Lambestos, Partnerships & Events Assistant at Opera Australia and WAAPA Arts Management graduate.
    Katherena LambestosWAAPA Arts Management graduate

    WAAPA is the only institution in the country that offers a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management. I really wanted to study in this area and loved the fact that I could do it in a setting where I was immersed in the arts.

    The course has such a strong history of successful graduates and a large network of alumni, so I knew I would be in great company and receive an excellent platform to launch a career in the arts.

  • "The WAAPA Musical Theatre course was an unbelievable launching pad for me and my fellow class mates into this crazy industry we call the performing arts"
    Mackenzie Dunn
    Mackenzie DunnWAAPA Music Theatre graduate

    One of the many invaluable opportunities we were given, and a personal highlight for me, was working with professional creatives (choreographers, directors and writers).

    Even at the end of a sweaty fourteen-hour day – that could have possibly included a keyboard spot test, a high stakes scene presentation, a song repertoire performance, show choreography rehearsal, a ballet class and a costume parade – WAAPA was constantly buzzing with passion and was an amazing place to study for three years.

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