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Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

Welcome to one of the world's leading performing arts academies, delivering the most comprehensive range of performing arts training in Australia. Here, you can develop your skills on-stage as an actor, dancer or musician, or behind-the-scenes in production, design or arts management.

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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.

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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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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!

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  • Hear from WAAPA Music student Caitlin Malcolm and Tim White, WAAPA's Head of Classical Music about how the Bachelor of Music course prepares students for a career in the music industry.

  • Music graduate Pavan talks about the experiences and opportunities offered at WAAPA.

  • WAAPA’s production of Crazy for You at His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth provided opportunities for students Holly Ballam (Stage Management) and Samuel Moloney (Music Theatre) to combine their backstage and on-stage skills under the watchful eye of industry professionals.

  • Get an experience you won’t find anywhere else in Australia.

  • 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.

  • Our Bachelor of Performing Arts (Performance Making major) prepares self-reliant and entrepreneurial artists to be the initiators of their own work.

  • Our Certificate IV in Aboriginal Performance helps First Nations students refine their performance skills.

  • Watch WAAPA's unique interdisciplinary collaboration.

  • "When you choose to study at WAAPA, you'll be joining one of the world's most celebrated performing arts academies, recognised for the quality of its graduates-turned-stars."

Student stories

  • Kerrie Anne Greenland

    Kerri Anne Greenland

    WAAPA Music Theatre graduate

    I feel so privileged to have studied at WAAPA, it was one of the most incredible experiences of my life

    I would not have been ready to step into the professional world without the music theatre course, and my dreams of being a performer would have stayed only that – dreams. If I was to encourage someone to do one thing in their life, it would be to work hard for your dreams.

  • Charlotte Otton

    Charlotte Otton

    WAAPA Performing Arts graduate

    The best part of being at WAAPA is having the access and privilege of being taught by some incredible teachers, being surrounded by creativity day in and day out and having the space to fail

    The arts industry in Australia is benefitting from some very clever, creative young theatre makers. Makers that I am extremely proud to be in the WAAPA alumni pool with.

  • Xavier Jun Woo Cho

    Xavier Jun Woo Cho

    WAAPA Arts Management student

    Arts Management is one of the essential occupations in life

    WAAPA’s Arts Management course teaches us about things like strategic planning, human resources and fundamental arts law.

    I've also been doing a lot of activities, such as volunteering at the Art Ball at the Western Australian Gallery of Arts. I learned a lot while working in box offices, bars, and ushering audiences at WAAPA performances.

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Fees & Scholarships

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