||The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Edith Cowan University was established in 1980 to provide performing arts tuition comparable to the highest calibre of national and international training benchmarks to be able to meet industry needs around the globe.
Originally an initiative of the State Government the Academy receives funding from both the State and Commonwealth governments. Unique by virtue of its national and international reputation the over riding objective of WAAPA is to nurture and develop the talent of a select group of emerging artists to standards of excellence.
Academic teaching appointments are made not only on the basis of qualifications, but also on recent professional experience, as well as industry profile and reputation. Each year WAAPA also invites many renowned industry professionals to Perth as artists in residence to work with students on productions and performances.
Currently, WAAPA teaches Acting, Music Theatre, Directing, Dance, Jazz and Contemporary Music, Classical Music, Arts Management, Production, Design, and Broadcasting.
The employment record of the Academy graduates in extremely competitive fields including film, theatre, radio, music and television, continues to be outstanding and well attuned to the needs of the industry.