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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.

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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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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.

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WAAPA stars are born

Our graduates excel in their chosen professions around the world, confirming WAAPA's well-earned reputation.

Many well-known actors, dancers, musicians and music theatre stars, including Hugh Jackman, Meg Mac, Frances O'Connor, Jai Courtney, William McInnes, Lisa McCune, Lucy Durack, Dacre Montgomery, Emma Matthews, Jamie Oehlers, Eddie Perfect and Tim Minchin have called WAAPA home.

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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

  • "I looked around the workshop and thought ‘this is exactly where I need to be."
    Samantha Knox

    Welding, sculpting, painting, drilling…it's another day for Samantha Knox in the 'funnest' place at WAAPA – the workshop.

  • "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 really helped me find my place in the arts industry"
    WAAPA Arts Management graduate, Harriet Roberts
    Harriet RobertsWAAPA Arts Management graduate

    I have always craved an active role within the performing arts, but had no idea in what capacity this could be, I trusted the course to guide me in the right direction, and it did.

    For me, the course operated in a two-fold way through building my theoretical knowledge of the practicalities of arts administration in the lecture room, and in pushing me to volunteer in intern positions in the industry to gain practical experience.

    It was so beneficial to have the WAAPA name behind me when seeking these opportunities for development, enabling me to expand my networks and connections in the local industry. Ultimately, this led to my current position of Associate Producer at the Blue Room Theatre.

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