Costume and Design studios
Other WAAPA Studios
The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts is one of Australia's premier performing arts schools. With the largest full time technical training facility, this is where Australia's brightest technical artists go to learn the ropes in the areas of broadcasting, costume, design, lighting, props and scenery, sound, and stage management.
WAAPA boasts twelve large rehearsal and dance studios, numerous music and ensemble studios – all with brand new Yamaha pianos - a specialised visual and performing arts library collection, sound and lighting studios, a commercial recording studio, props and scenery workshops and numerous exhibition spaces.
Studio A is WAAPA’s largest dedicated dance studio, 209.74 m2. With tarquet flooring, integrated lighting and sound system and tiered seating for up to 100 audience members, it also doubles up as a performance space for contemporary and ballet seasons.
Studio D – Music Theatre
Studio D is WAAPA’s dedicated music theatre studio. At 170.67 m2 it is large enough to accommodate up to 30 performers and is used for all rehearsals. Its hard wood floors make it ideal tap.
WAAPA boasts a large array of rehearsal and practise rooms accommodating actors, dancers, musicians and soloists.
Costume and Design studios
WAAPA costume and design students have their own purpose built studio spaces equipped with central work benches for tutorials, lectures and practical classes and individual work stations which are available for the students for the duration of the course and accessible weekdays, weekends and after hours. These studios are equipped with all of the materials and equipment required by professional costumiers and designers to produce the highest calibre output. Across the corridor is the computer lab equipped with full creative suite including CAD: Vector Works and Indesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.
Edith Cowan University boasts state-of-the-art broadcasting facilities where students can gain first hand experience of working within a media environment. The range of professionally equipped broadcast facillities, includes a suite of three radio studios, control room and post-production room; television studio, voice-over booth and eight video edit suites. Software includes Pro Tools, Final Cut Pro, Burli and Digital Airplay.
WAAPA’s three main sound studios are fitted out with the latest in digital audio editing and mixing studio equipment, bringing WAAPA into line with current worldwide industry standards. Each suite has a specific design geared towards theatrical sound post production, music recording/mix down and surround sound film post production; projects can be exchanged between suites to manage the students’ workflow.
The IT infrastructure has been dramatically improved with the addition of three Mac Pros with Pro Tools HD, Final Cut Studio and Waves Audio Effects Plugins installed.The Commercial Music Studio and Surround Sound Suites have also had software upgrades that bring all sound studios at WAAPA into line, allowing for greater compatibility between suites.
The work stations (MBox Lab and Digi I/O lab), where students hone their skills before moving into the bigger studios, have had software and operating system updates to the latest version of Pro Tools and OSX. The upgrades extend the mixing capabilities of all work stations and give students the best possible ‘real world’ industry experiences.
Commercial Recording Studio
Industry standard recording studio with adjoining live room. The Commercial studio is used by Music Production and Sound Design students for the recording of live bands and music ensembles.
Props and Scenery Workshop
The Props and Scenery workshops are versatile spaces that meet the demands of this diverse technical area. Our state of the art workshops contain all of the specialised equipment and machinery needed for carpentry, metal works, mechanics, plastics, mouldings, scenic painting, sculpting and special effects.
WAAPA Lighting students have access to state of the art facilities well stocked with equipment from major industry suppliers; ETC, Jands, MA Lighting and Strand. All students are taught in Arkaos and Vector Works. In September, through the generosity of the Friends of the Academy, WAAPA took delivery of a new Grand MA2 lighting control console. This acquisition enables WAAPA to provide training on equipment that is recognised world wide as the pinnacle of state-of-the-art lighting. Grand MA control consoles are used extensively in performing arts complexes, the corporate events sector, theatres, and for rock & roll touring acts across Australia and internationally.