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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.

View our downloadable PDF WAAPA course guide or the discipline pages below for more information:

Aboriginal Theatre

Aboriginal Performance


WAAPA’s Aboriginal Performance program prepares students for the demands of professional work as an actor and performer in theatre, film and television.

Acting

Acting


Studying acting at WAAPA is an inspiring and all-consuming experience. The courses produce graduates who are prepared for a career in a wide variety of media, including theatre, television, film and radio, both in Australia and internationally.

Arts Management

Arts Management


WAAPA’s Arts Management graduates are versatile employees who are industry ready for exciting and challenging careers in the arts and entertainment industries.

Dance

Dance


WAAPA’s Dance programs train classical and contemporary dance artists by utilising teaching methods designed to develop and refine the skills of each individual.

Music

Music


WAAPA Music students follow a specialised performance-based curriculum in their chosen area, in addition to studying a common core of history and theoretical studies.

Music Theatre

Music Theatre


WAAPA’s acclaimed Music Theatre course provides graduates with the skills and experience required to engage in professional theatre practice.

Performing Arts

Performing Arts


Preparing confident graduates who have the technical and creative skills to execute ideas to a high professional standard, the bold vision required to build the future of the performing arts industry.

Production and Design

Production and Design


WAAPA provides Production and Design students with the greatest diversity of ‘on-the-job’ theatrical experiences.

Postgraduate Studies and Research

Postgraduate Studies and Research


Postgraduate studies provide a practical-based learning and research experience enhanced by the opportunities offered by the multi-disciplined nature of WAAPA and expert supervision by WAAPA’s outstanding research staff.

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

In addition to Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees, we provide Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses at Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma levels. These nationally recognised qualifications are delivered in accordance with the National Skills Framework and offer pathways to further learning. On successful completion of a Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma, students may audition for other courses within WAAPA. Qualifications may provide advanced standing when enrolling in a related VET course or Bachelor Degree. Students who do not undertake training in, or complete a full qualification are issued a Statement of Attainment listing competency achieved for each unit of competency.

Admission is subject to ECU’s Standard Admission and students are governed by ECU’s policies and procedures.

View the Government Training website.

The table below explains the differences in education levels between courses offered at WAAPA:

Qualifications by Education Sector and Australian Qualifications Framework
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
AQF Level 1 Certificate I Basic functional knowledge in a narrow area of work and learning.
AQF Level 2 Certificate II Basic knowledge and skills to undertake routine work and as a pathway to further leaning.
AQF Level 3 Certificate III Practical knowledge and skills for work and as a pathway to further learning.
AQF Level 4 Certificate IV Broad range of practical knowledge and skills for specialised work and/or further learning.
AQF Level 5 Diploma Specialised theoretical knowledge and technical skills in a specific area for paraprofessional work and/or further learning.
AQF Level 6 Advanced Diploma Apply specialised and integrated technical skills with theoretical knowledge to undertake advance work and as a pathway for further learning.
University / Higher Education (HE)
AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree Broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge and skills for professional work and/or further learning.
AQF Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree Apply a body of knowledge in a specific context to undertake professional work and as a pathway for research and further learning.
AQF Level 9 Master’s Degree Specialised knowledge and skills for research, and/or professional practice and/or further learning.
AQF Level 10 Doctoral Degree Systematic and critical understanding of a complex field or learning and specialised research skills for the advancement of learning and/or for professional practice.

We offer a large selection of courses and disciplines across our study areas, with the right balance of practical knowledge and academic excellence and a wide range of study options. If you want to reach your potential in a learning environment that is supportive, flexible and relevant to the real world - then you've come to the right place.

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