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Notable alumni

  • Alicia Clements
  • Anna Gardiner
  • Tyler Hill
  • Nathan Weyers
  • Bryan Woltjen

WAAPA’s Design courses prepare students for industry employment through theoretical learning experiences paired with opportunities for the practical application of skills. Working with industry directors and choreographers on WAAPA performances, the course provides skills development in live production environments, preparing graduates for transition into design-related careers within the entertainment industry.

Design students undertake classes in design studio scenery and costume, technical drafting, CAD, art finishing, drawing, model making, scenic painting, wardrobe technology, props construction, and history of theatre. To further extend their design skills and knowledge, students receive specialist classes delivered in their principal studio area and are offered more challenging set and costume design roles in WAAPA’s live productions for theatre, opera, music theatre and dance performance programs.

WAAPA’s Design program offers training in vocational (VET) and degree courses which allows students to increase their academic qualifications with further study. The initial entry Diploma year articulates into a second year of study to achieve an Advanced Diploma. This in turn articulates into a Bachelor of Performing Arts that can be attained in three semesters.

View our Design brochure

Audition and interview documents

All WAAPA audition and interview documents are currently being updated for 2022 intake.

Please check back in July for all course audition information.


The Course Coordinator for Design is Ms Leaf Watson.

If you would like to view other staff in the Production and Design department, please visit the WAAPA Staff listing web page.

More information

For further enquiries please contact Future Students on 134 328, or for calls outside Australia, (61 8) 6304 0000.

If you would like to know more about WAAPA courses, please visit the WAAPA Study areas web page.

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