Bachelor of Performing Arts

Federation University Australia

This exciting new program replaces our highly regarded Bachelor of Music Theatre and Bachelor of Acting for Stage and Screen. Explore who you are and how you express yourself as a creative practitioner. Build your skills through practical studio based workshops of experimentation and self-discovery. Studio; Forum; Collaborative Workshop. These three courses form the core of your first year in training. For performers, each day at our renowned Arts Academy in Ballarat is intensive and rigorous; throughout your journey you will work with leading industry professionals: theatre directors, music theatre performers, screen actors, composers, musical directors, designers and choreographers. Imagine arriving early for class to be immersed in stage and screen acting workshops and voice tutorials, dance and singing classes, performance masterclasses and lectures.Our students are enabled and encouraged to ignite their own unique and individual artistic voice. From Shakespeare to Sondheim, from classic repertoire to newly devised works, the Arts Academy is a hothouse of creativity and an incubator for new ideas. We will equip you to become multi-skilled practitioners through immersive, experiential learning geared towards the specific career paths of music theatre and acting for stage and screen. Training in Performing Arts prepares you not only for a career as a performer, but also to become an active citizen of the world. Our graduates go on to work in television and theatre, music theatre, opera, film, cabaret, comedy and multi-media performance. They also go on to do creative things in the most surprising contexts both in Australia and internationally. For more information, please visit:

Course Fee:

International: $81,900

Entry Requirements:

Selection is based on successful interview and audition as well as completing a year 12 qualification (VCE/interstate or overseas equivalent), as well as meeting the prerequisite study requirements. Year 12 - Prerequisites Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English; ATAR. Non Year 12 - Previous higher education studies with results at a pass level, including any 'single subjects of study', or successful completion of a tertiary preparatory program such as the Federation University Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST); Successful completion of a relevant VET qualification at Certificate III level or higher; applicants who have not completed secondary education, or undertaken any TAFE or university studies should include a personal statement detailing all relevant experience to strengthen their application.


This program consists of 360 credit points.

Subjects you can Study:

Stage and screen acting and performance; Auditions; Agents; Critical studies; Movement and dance; Performing arts; Singing; Voice

Study Pathways:

Credit will be considered if you have successfully completed higher education or TAFE studies in a relevant area. Advanced standing will be determined on an individual basis, depending on eligibility for credit transfer, prior experience and qualifications.

Further information:

Further information:

Accepts International Students:


Related Careers:

Actor, Dancer, Musician,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Camp Street (Ballarat) No info No Full time 3 years

Federation University Australia is a modern, progressive university providing high-quality vocational and higher education across a national and international network of campuses.

With a distinguished history dating back to 1870, we are the third-oldest higher education provider in Australia.

Our aim is to make a real difference to the lives of every student as well as the communities we help build and are proud to be part of.

As a dual-sector university, we deliver a wide range of programs through higher education and TAFE, so you can find the right pathway to career success.

Our campuses are closely connected with local communities — providing more options for work-based learning and graduate employment — further enhancing our university regions.

Join our diverse community of 25,000 students, and gain access to networks across our campuses in Victoria (Ballarat, Berwick, Gippsland and the Wimmera), Brisbane, and with partner providers in Australia, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, China and Malaysia.

Our areas of study are categorised into seven broad fields – education, business, engineering, information technology, arts, nursing and health and life sciences. Choose a topic of interest in any field — from primary education, criminal justice, visual arts and accounting to civil engineering, games development, occupational therapy, sports science and psychology.

With such a wide range of options available, you’ll have the ability to explore your passions and shape who you are to influence your future.

Research conducted at Federation University is world-class. Under the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) rankings, we have achieved the highest possible five-out-of-five rating in seven research areas:

  • Nursing
  • Human movement and sports science
  • Environmental sciences
  • Applied mathematics
  • Clinical sciences
  • Civil engineering
  • Environmental science and management

A further 11 research areas are ranked above or equal to world standard.

We host Australia’s largest regional technology park accommodating more than 30 companies, including its signature tenant, IBM. The University’s Tech Park Central, in the heart of Ballarat, enables businesses to have a presence at our School of Mines Ballarat (SMB) campus.

Tech Park Central gives our students access to invaluable workplace experience in global organisations. It also helps foster international research collaborations focused on solving real-world problems and making a difference in people’s lives.

Our students have the opportunity to stay on campus with a range of residential options. Other features of our campuses include cafes, art galleries, an indoor swimming pool and gym, childcare facilities, and range of events and clubs.

At Federation University you can be assured that your program of study will have industry credibility and recognition. Employers highly rate our graduates and we will prepare you well for your chosen career.

Is the information on this page correct? Request update

Request Information
Enquire about this course

Related courses