Edith Cowan University ECU

Diploma of Musical Theatre - CUA50220

Edith Cowan University ECU

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00279B

This qualification reflects the role of individuals working or aspiring to work as performers in musical theatre and cabaret productions. Individuals are expected to apply theory and creative skills in different performance and rehearsal contexts and to display initiative and judgement in planning creative activities. They demonstrate leadership in performing complex creative and technical operations and can be responsible for planning, coordinating and evaluating the work of others within broad but generally well-defined parameters. The job roles that relate to this qualification may include musical theatre performer, cabaret performer, or session vocalist.Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification considerationsQualificationNo licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.Units of competency in qualificationSome individual units of competency may have their own licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements. Users must check individual units of competency for licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements relevant to that unit.


  • Explore the relationship between music and dance
  • Apply movement and behavioural principles to conditioning
  • Negotiate contracts
  • Refine performance techniques
  • Develop specialist singing techniques for musical theatre repertoire
  • Develop acrobatic techniques for theatrical performances
  • Develop advanced vocal techniques
  • Develop expertise in jazz dance techniques
  • Use acting techniques in performance
  • Develop singing techniques for musical theatre
  • Write about dance
  • Develop and implement own self-care plan in the creative industries
  • Develop and apply stagecraft skills
  • Manage small-scale live productions
  • Perform improvisation for audiences
  • Manage the promotion of creative acts
  • Articulate, present and debate ideas
  • Apply theatrical make-up and hairstyles
  • Perform music from written notation
  • Develop vocal techniques
  • Develop vocal techniques for musical theatre
  • Develop social media engagement plans
  • Develop and apply acting techniques for musical theatre
  • Develop conceptual and expressive skills as a performer
  • Use interactive technology in performances
  • Extend musical theatre performance techniques to a professional level
  • Direct rehearsals of performers
  • Use different performance techniques
  • Organise and facilitate rehearsals
  • Undertake project work
  • Manage stagecraft aspects of performances
  • Write extended stories
  • Manage feedback on creative practice
  • Develop and apply comedy techniques for musical theatre
  • Create and perform dance pieces
  • Refine conceptual understanding of dance
  • Refine aural perception and memory skills
  • Manage copyright arrangements
  • Extend expertise in specialist creative fields
  • Incorporate anatomy principles into skill development
  • Perform in a musical theatre ensemble
  • Perform solo in a musical theatre context
  • Prepare for and perform in competitive environments
  • Develop storylines and treatments
  • Document dance
  • Maintain a high level of fitness for performance
  • Interact appropriately with children in performing arts environments
  • Create and perform complex dance pieces
  • Develop and apply specialist acting techniques for musical theatre repertoire
  • Write about music
  • Provide freelance services
  • Improvise advanced dance sequences
  • Develop sustainability of own professional practice
  • Refine musical theatre techniques
  • Participate in gym and resistance training for performances
  • Refine dance partnering techniques
  • Originate and develop concepts

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Mount Lawley No
  • Full-time : 1 year

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