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Audition information

Want to audition for our performance programs? Here's how.

Whether you are an aspiring actor or music theatre affictionado; a school leaver or mature-age applicant; or a local, interstate or international applicant, applying to the Bachelor of Contemporary Performance Practice in 2019 is a process that has two parts.

APPLYING: Key dates for 2019

Application dates

  • Applications open: August 2018
  • Timely applications close: Friday 26 October 2018
  • Late applications close: Tuesday 20 November 2018

We have a TWO PART application process. Ensure you complete both parts to be eligible for audition, whether you are a school-leaver or a direct applicant. Please read the Application process section below.

Audition masterclass

Our audition preparation workshop in September 2018 is designed to give you the skills to be audition-ready. While there is no obligation for applicants to attend the program, it will give you the opportunity to practise your material in a supportive setting. Read more about it.

Auditions

Auditions for timely applications are as follows:

  • Ballarat - Friday 16 and Saturday 17 November 2018
  • Footscray - Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 November 2018
  • Bunjil Place - Wednesday 28 and 29 November 2018
  • Adelaide - Saturday 1 December 2018

Interstate applicants: If you wish to attend an audition in person, you may elect to attend our interstate audition day in Ballarat on 3 December 2018. The $65 application fee is waived for all interstate applicants attending the interstate audition day in Ballarat. Call-backs for interstate applicants will be held on 4 December 2018.

Distance applicants: For applicants who live a considerable distance away from audition venues, it is possible to audition via the video application process. Please read further information in Distance applicants below.

Please note that all late applicants are required to audition in Ballarat on 3 December 2018.

Call-back auditions

  • 4-6 December 2018 in Ballarat
  • Interstate applicant call-back: 4 December 2018

Selection notification

  • Audition outcome: Applicants will receive an A, B or C letter by mail in December 2018.
  • Final selections and offers are made through VTAC in mid-January 2019.

Application process

There is a TWO PART application process for the 2019 program. Please ensure you complete both parts to be eligible for audition, whether you are a school-leaver or a direct applicant.

School leavers

This includes interstate school-leavers.

Part One: Apply for the program through VTAC
Part Two: Complete and submit an application form for audition

The application form is coming soon. Please bookmark this page.

All other applicants

Part One: Apply for the program directly with FedUni
Part Two: Complete and submit an application form for audition

The application form is coming soon. Please bookmark this page.

Auditions

Step 1

Nominate your area of specialisation: Acting or Music Theatre/Singing. This will determine what you are required to prepare for your audition.

Acting specialisation

  1. Choose and download TWO monologues; one classical and one contemporary, from the lists provided. Monologues are available from our Monologue site.
  2. Prepare ONE song

Music Theatre/Singing specialisation

  1. Prepare TWO songs from musicals that contrast in mood and/or styles (such as ballad and up-tempo)
  2. Choose and download ONE monologue, either contemporary or classical, from the lists provided. Monologues are available from our Monologue site.

Step 2

Prepare your monologue and song selections for audition.

Monologue instructions

The monologue(s) must be memorised for the audition. Please ensure you learn the monologue(s) properly.

  • There will be no prompting at the audition.
  • Accents, costumes or props are not required.
  • We recommend that you read the play your monologue has been selected from. This will help in your detailed preparation of the piece. Publication details are included as part of the monologue.

Song instructions

Song(s) must be memorised and performed with piano accompaniment. An Accompanist is provided for you but you may also bring your own. If you use the accompanist provided by FedUni, you must provide sheet music in the keys in which the songs are to be performed. If your own accompanist is attending they need to be available for the full audition time.

Backing CDs are not permitted.

If you are specialising in Music Theatre/Singing, the combined length of both songs is not to exceed five minutes. Applicants may not be required to perform both songs.

Please note: applicants may be asked to stay for a short interview after your audition.

Step 3

Attend your audition. All auditions will be group based. You will be asked to attend for a period of three hours.

  • Morning auditions will be 10am-1pm
  • Afternoon auditions will be 2pm-5pm

You will likely be advised on the day of your audition if you will be required for a call-back audition, These will be held in Ballarat 4- 6 December 2018. Refer to Call-backs below for more details.

Dress code

  • Initial audition – neat casual attire, no jeans, belts or jewellery, well groomed.
  • Call-backs – Dancewear or loose comfortable clothing suitable for dance or movement, trainers or jazz shoes. No jeans, belts or jewellery.

Call-backs

Applicants who make it past the first round of auditions will be invited to attend a second audition (a call-back). You will either be informed at the audition, or you may be contacted by telephone soon after the audition if your first audition is successful.

The call-back audition is more in-depth and includes further acting, dance and improvisation (acting), or dance, singing acting and music theory (music theatre). Attendance at your call-back audition is essential to be considered for a place at the Arts Academy.

If you are not invited for a call-back audition, you can assume you have not been successful. However, all applicants will receive formal notification in due course. Call-back auditions take place in Ballarat in December.

Unexpected absence/lateness

If you are ill, unable to attend, or late for your audition, please email programs.fea@federation.edu.au. In the event that you need to reschedule, include this as part of your message.

Audition feedback

Due to the large number of applicants we see, we regret that we are not able to give feedback about your individual application. There is a far greater number of applicants than we have places available, so many high quality applicants are disappointed each year.

Audition venues

Details about audition venues in the following locations are coming soon. Please bookmark this page.

  • Ballarat
  • Footscray
  • Bunjil Place
  • Adelaide

We prefer to audition applicants in person. However, if you live in a remote area or overseas, attending an audition in person may be difficult. Such applicants may submit a DVD recording as a first round audition. Refer to information about Distance applicants below.

What to wear

Being well-groomed gives us the impression that you care about your craft.

Wear neat, casual attire, with no jeans, belts or jewellery. Costumes or props are not required for your audition.

Those who obtain a call-back audition need to wear dancewear or loose comfortable clothing suitable for dance or movement, trainers or jazz shoes.

Distance applicants

Our preference is to audition applicants in person. However, if you live a considerable distance away from audition venues, it is possible to audition via a video application process.

Be aware that if you choose this option, your audition will be judged solely on the strength of your video performance.

All distance applicants are required to submit their video by Tuesday 20 November 2018.

Please follow our guidelines on creating a video application.

International students

International students should access the FedUni international website in the first instance.

Applicants should follow the same procedure as distance applicants.

Audition material

Selecting monologues

Select pieces from the official list published on this website. Refer to the section Auditions above for more details.

We recommend that you read the play/s from which your chosen monologue/s are taken as it will enrich your presentation of it.

Selecting songs

Applicants to the music theatre/singing specialisation may choose songs to perform. Selection requirements apply to your selection:

  • Choose songs from musicals*
  • Songs must be contrasting in style (i.e. upbeat tempo, ballad etc)
  • One song must be from a musical written prior to 1960
  • If you do not bring an accompanist, bring sheet music in the correct key, ready to go

*Songs from musicals that were created featuring popular recording artists (e.g. ABBA, Queen, Dusty Springfield) are not suitable for music theatre auditions.

Refer to the section Auditions above for more details.