ECU introduces new theatre course in 2018

December 23, 2017 by  

One of the world’s leading academies for the performing arts is introducing a theatre diploma course for students at its South West campus in Bunbury.

It is hoped the move by Edith Cowan University to offer the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts course will provide aspiring theatre professionals with increased employment opportunities.

Stagecraft and performance skills will be the central focus of the new Diploma in Acting which is set to begin in the first semester of 2018, according to Lyn Farrell, Dean of ECU South West Campus:

“This is a great opportunity – WAAPA has got an international reputation, it’s very competitive to get into their undergraduate courses and the Diploma of Acting offers a pathway.

“While we’re testing the specific demand for this, I think it is part of what I see as an emerging creative industry sector developing in the South West.”

The first semester of the course, which has been the focus of flyer and brochure printing, is expected to attract about 20 students, according to Ms Farrell.

Discussion on future initiatives is also underway with Maker and Co. and the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre.

Diversity in the range of programmes and subjects offered at the campus is a major priority, according to the Dean.

WAAPA has proven an excellent training ground for many well-known personalities around the world including Hugh Jackman, Tim Minchin and Marcus Graham, to name just a few.