Bachelor of Performing Arts

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  • Qualification:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Study mode:
    On Campus
  • Payment options:
    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    3 years full-time
  • Start date:
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  • Awarded by:
    Edith Cowan University (RTO 4756)
  • Location:
  • Career Outcomes:
    Lighting Artist | Director | Dancer | Musician | Actor | View All

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Course Rundown

Create, produce and present original contemporary art with the skills and experience built in this Bachelor of Performing Arts course from Edith Cowan University.

A foundation contemporary performing arts course combining technical and theoretic knowledge, this broad-focused course will equip you with broad skills in researching, creating, producing and presenting original performance art. With a wider perspective than a singular dance, theatre, design or music course, this holistic qualification focuses on all aspects of performance in context.

Your final year of study will allow you to choose a specialisation, giving you the opportunity to develop advanced skills in a particular field ahead of an exciting creative career.

In addition to providing practical opportunities for performance and the opportunity to enhance your artistic practice, this course will challenge you to think critically and creatively, and will help you build sound skills in communication, problem-solving and teamwork.

If you’re a creative soul with a need to express yourself, this qualification is your first step towards a rewarding and versatile career in performing arts.


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Have completed secondary education within the previous two years and hold a sufficient ATAR rank for this qualification; OR
  • Have studied a higher education course since leaving secondary education, either recently or some time ago; OR
  • Have completed a bridging or enabling course delivered by or on behalf of a higher education provider; OR
  • Have completed or enrolled in but not completed a Diploma or Advanced Diploma course since leaving secondary school; OR
  • Have professional or work experience that can demonstrate your readiness for higher education.

All applicants are required to attend an audition. This is inclusive of an interview component. Applicants will be assessed on their ability to meet the technical requirements of the course and their suitability for the industry.

In this arts course, the subjects you may study include:

Core subjects:

  • Academic research and writing
  • Arts practice and the internet
  • Theory and practice of contemporary performance
  • Arts management

Performance-making major subjects:

  • Voice fundamentals
  • Movement fundamentals
  • Directing workshop
  • Devising physical performance

Practice transition major subjects:

  • Technical theatre 1
  • Design development for performance
  • Theatre workshop 1
  • Vocal technique 1
  • Research and computing skills
  • Directing workshop
  • Technical theatre 2
  • Physical theatre – physical performance 1
  • Dance styles 2
  • Playwriting workshop 1
  • Special topics 1
  • Jazz dance
  • Acting for camera
  • Improvisation for performance
  • Comic performance

Since opening in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) has established itself as the go-to Australian university for a quality learning experience. Students graduate among some of the best in the world and have continued to serve society in many important roles.

ECU produces winners because they are a winner! In 2018 Times Higher Education ranked ECU in the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years old, and the Good Universities Guide has given them a 5-star rating for teaching quality 12 years straight.

From social work, youth work, nutrition, engineering, technology, management and more, ECU offer a host of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that’ll excel your career and expose you to new levels of success. Enquire today and see where an ECU qualification can lead you!

Students feel happy, well supported and well educated when they study with ECU, in fact, in the 2018 QILT survey, Edith Cowan University received the highest student experience rating of all Australian public universities.

When you study with ECU, you’ll have access to expert course advice, counselling, diversity and disability services, transnational and national program support, student success programs, careers and employability services... just to name a few.

Campus Locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

Western Australia: Mount Lawley

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Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Bachelor of Performing Arts course from Edith Cowan University.

This qualification will enable you to seek employment in the versatile and exciting world of performing arts. You may choose to practise as an actor, musician, playwright, dramaturg, director, lighting designer, sound designer or designer, or work in another role within the arts sector including arts management or marketing.

This qualification will equip you with the communication, critical thinking, problem-solving and leadership skills required to thrive in a diverse range of roles and situations upon completion of your study.

Curious about where a career in arts and humanities could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Australian students may be eligible for deferred fees on a HECS-HELP loan for this course. Enquire now to find out more about ECU's course fees.



FEE-HELPYou may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $45,881 (2019-20 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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