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Audition information

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

Audition application

Whether you are an aspiring actor or music theatre aficionado; a school leaver or mature-age applicant; or a local, interstate or international applicant, applying to the Bachelor of Performing Arts in 2021 is a process that has two parts.

Please note: Payment of $65 must be made when completing the Audition application form.

Applying: Key dates for 2021

Application dates

  • Applications open: August 2020
  • Timely VTAC applications close: Wednesday 30 September 2020
  • Timely direct applications close: Friday 30 October 2020
  • Video recorded audition for all applicants must be submitted by: 5pm, Friday 30 October 2020
  • Late direct applications close: Monday 30 November 2020

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 and download our guide to applying.

Audition workshop

Bookings are opening soon for our 1 hour online workshop. The workshop is designed to give you the skills to be video audition-ready. While there is no obligation for applicants to attend the workshop, it will give you the opportunity to connect with us and learn simple and effective ways to present yourself in the best possible light. You will be guided through the process of applying and have the opportunity to ask questions of staff and students through a live Q and A forum.
Read more, and book your place.

Auditions

Auditions for timely applications are as follows:

Online: All first round auditions will be digital. All applicants are required to create and submit a video submission by Friday 30 October 2020.

Please note, the application fee is not refundable.

Call-back auditions

Call backs will be held Tuesday 1 December, Wednesday 2 December and Thursday 3 December. Call backs may be held in person or online. Details will be advised closer to the date.

Selection notification

  • Audition outcome: VTAC applicants will receive an A, B or C letter by mail in December.
  • Final selections and offers are made through VTAC in mid-January.
  • All direct applicants will be notified of audition outcome by the University following callbacks

Application process

There is a two-part application process for the 2021 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 by 30 September 2020
Part Two: Complete and submit the Audition application form on this page

All other applicants

Part One: Apply for the program directly with Federation University
Part Two: Complete and submit the Audition application form on this page

Auditions

Download our guide to applying for the Bachelor of Performing Arts

Step 1

  1. Each candidate is required to choose, download and perform one classical monologue from the lists provided. Monologues are available from our Monologue site.
  2. Each candidate will perform one piece as a contrast;

either

Prepare one song. This song should be from a musical.

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

or

Choose and download one contemporary monologue from the lists provided. Monologues are available from our Monologue site.

Step 2

Prepare your monologue and/or 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

Your song must be memorised and performed with piano accompaniment.

For the first round video audition, backing tracks are permitted but should be piano tracks only (not full band or orchestral). Having a live accompanist play for your video audition is permitted, but they should not be seen on screen.

Backing tracks are not permitted at the call-back stage. If asked to attend a call-back audition in person, please bring the sheet music of your song marked with any cuts or revisions. An accompanist will be provided at the call-back auditions. You cannot bring your own accompanist to your call-back audition.

The song should not exceed two minutes.

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

Please note: applicants may be asked to undertake a short interview after the audition. If required, we will contact you to arrange this.

Step 3

Create a short video of yourself performing your monologue and/or song choices.

Note: The footage can be simply created using a smartphone, iPad or personal camera. The video production quality does not have to be of a professional standard - keep it simple.

Step 4

Send your video or video link to us by the closing date. We accept email submissions to programs.fea@federation.edu.au

If providing a link to a third party video platform please provide any password required and label the video with your full name.

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 be contacted by telephone or email 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, and singing.

Federation University recommends that you consult with your physician before beginning any exercise or dance program. You must be in good physical condition and be able to participate in the exercise and understand that when participating in any exercise or dance program, there is the possibility of physical injury.

When engaging in the call-back sessions, you agree that you do so at your own risk and are voluntarily participating in these activities. You agree to release and discharge Federation University from any and all claims or causes of action, known or unknown, arising out of your negligence and or participation in this activity. Please keep your first-round pieces in good shape as we may need to see these again. 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 will take take place in Ballarat or Online in December.

Dress code

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

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

Auditions will be taking place at the following venues:

Online - all first round auditions will be digital. Please create and submit a video following the guidelines.

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 dance-wear or loose comfortable clothing suitable for dance or movement, trainers or jazz shoes.

Distance applicants

All first round auditions will be via a video application process.

Your audition will be judged solely on the strength of your video performance.

All applicants are required to submit their video by 5pm 30 October 2020.

Please follow our guidelines on applying.

International students

International students should access the 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 may choose a song to perform. Selection requirements apply to your selection:

  • Choose songs from musicals*
  • 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 auditions.

Refer to the section Auditions above for more details.

Inherent requirements

Federation University Australia is committed to ensuring equality of access to all programs and courses and will provide reasonable adjustments to the learning environment to meet the needs of a diverse range of students. For example, students with a disability, and students with caring responsibilities.

However, we acknowledge that there are some situations where reasonable adjustment is not possible. In such cases, we will provide information on such restrictions to enable students to make an informed decision in relation to their program and course options in the form of inherent requirements.

Inherent requirements refer to the fundamental attributes, skills and abilities that you must be able to achieve in order to demonstrate the essential learning outcomes of the degree you are studying.

Bachelor of Performing Arts Inherent Requirements (PDF, 405 KB)

How to read the inherent requirement statements (PDF, 68 KB)