M.A. On Campus

Performing Arts

Edith Cowan University

24 months
33850 AUD/year
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Master of Performing Arts offered at Edith Cowan University is primarily aimed at high-level practitioners from a wide cross-section of the arts community who wish to extend their independent capacity to operate in an increasingly multi-art form and technologically-based profession.  


Students may be required to research, devise and produce new works of art, or develop new approaches to arts practice and/or its critical and social contexts and meaning (depending on the specific research project entailed).  

It is expected that any such arts practice will be a contemporary expression leading towards new insights in the selected field of study. 

The work will be exploratory, frequently based around emerging methodologies of arts research, leading usually to a performance, presentation, exhibition or publication of significance.

Specifically, the Master of Performing Arts offered at Edith Cowan University  course aims to create opportunities for innovation and creativity in the arts; use the resources of the Academy to create leadership opportunities for people who can offer the arts informed direction, and identifiable and marketable skills, to advance the Australian cultural environment into the next decade; provide opportunities for people from diverse ethnic and creative arts backgrounds to synthesise disparate artistic skills to produce innovative and creative outcomes for the arts industry; and build upon and extend the traditions and conventions of the student's earlier training to create new knowledge for the arts.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Apply cognitive, technical, and creative skills to investigate complex ideas and concepts in the design, execution, and critical examination of research activities 
  • Apply communication skills to analyse and disseminate research through disciplinary mediums (including artistic outputs where appropriate) in order to make a contribution to knowledge in a specific area of performing arts. 
  • Demonstrate ethical accountability, as well as an awareness of cross-cultural sensitivities, global perspectives, and emergent issues or practices.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate theoretical and technical knowledge in the advancement of conceptual understandings and creative practice, and to work both independently and collaboratively, as required.
  • Reflect critically on a complex body of discipline knowledge, research principles, and methods to demonstrate mastery in a specific area of the performing arts. 
  • Use high-level self-management skills to [plan and execute] a substantial piece of research.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Arts Issues
  • Performing Arts Research Preparation 
  • Masters Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We recommend you apply as soon as you can. It's best to receive an offer as early as possible so you can prepare for orientation and semester start.


240 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS code: 074069M 

  • All applicants are required to attend an audition. The candidate is expected to undertake an audition (all performance and directing) and/or interview (composition, musicology and other forms of historic study) for the staff in the relevant area. Information on this requirement will be available from the area head on application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33850 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33850 AUD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 AUD per year during 24 months.

The Australian Government's Research Training Program provides tuition fee offsets for domestic students who are enrolled in Higher Degree by Research courses.

Living costs for Perth

1328 - 2367 AUD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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