Performing arts, which includes dancing, acting, and music, is now a popular study option for students who are very creative. Many Australian universities offer courses in this field (mostly at undergraduate level) to provide students with a solid foundation in their future performing career. From first year, students will collaborate with teaching staff from across disciplines to reflect industry practice, and work on real-world projects. They will be briefed by real clients, and receive career planning assistance to help them on their creative journey. 

Why study Performing Arts in Australia?

  1. Top Rankings

Based on the most recent QS ranking released this year, Australia has five universities in the Top 50, and seven universities in the Top 100. The qualifications students receive in Australia will be the best stepping-stone to their future career in any country in the world. 

  1. Real-world learning

It’s always an advantage that Australian education is focused on preparing students for future careers. As your course progresses, you’ll have opportunities to showcase your work and make meaningful industry connections through work-integrated learning, internships, international study tours, public performances and exhibitions. You’ll also participate in project-based learning experiences (situated creative practice units), collaborating with other students and external partners. 

  1. Multiple Start Dates

Australian universities will normally have 2 or 3 intakes each year which makes it more flexible for international students to commence their program based on their individual situation. 

  1. World-class creative facilities

Career outcomes after graduation

  • Actor
  • Acting Teacher 
  • Dancer 
  • Stage Manager 
  • Musician 
  • Music Teacher 
  • Songwriter 
  • Educator 
  • D.J. 

Course Options

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts 
  • Bachelor of Arts 
  • Master of Music 
  • Master of Dancing 
  • PhD 

Entry Requirements

  • For the Bachelor’s course, normally applicants are required to have completed Year 12 or a Diploma course and attained IELTS 6.5 
  • For the Master’s course, normally applicants are required to have completed a Bachelor’s degree and attained IELTS 6.5  

What courses might you study for your Performing Arts degree in Australia?

  • Acting 
  • Composing 
  • Singing 
  • Drama
  • Performance 
  • Industry project/placement 

Expected salary in Performing Arts in Australia

The medium base annual salary for graduate artists (1-3 years’ experience) is AU$77,342. 

The medium base annual salary for a performing arts administrator is AU$108,742. 

(Statistics from Salary Expert) 

School Recommendations

Bachelor’s Level 

  • Queensland University of Technology – Bachelor of Fine Arts 
  • University of Queensland – Bachelor of Arts 
  • Griffith University – Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts 
  • UNSW – Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Fine Arts 


Master’s Level 

  • Griffith University – Master of Music 
  • University of Melbourne – Master of Dance 

Interested in studying Performing Arts in Australia?

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