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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 2020 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 2020

Application dates

  • Applications open: August 2019
  • Timely applications close: Friday 25 October 2019
  • Late applications close: Tuesday 26 November 2019

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

Bookings are opening soon for our full-day audition masterclass. Offered in Ballarat (2nd or 3rd October 2019), the masterclass is designed to give you the skills to be audition-ready. While there is no obligation for applicants to attend the masterclass, it will give you the opportunity to practise your material in a supportive setting.
Read more, and book your place.

Auditions

Auditions for timely applications are as follows:

  • Footscray - 12 and 13 November 2019
  • Ballarat - 25 and 26 November 2019
  • Bunjil Place - 27 November 2019

Please note, the application fee is not refundable.

Interstate applicants: If you wish to attend an audition in person, you may elect to attend our interstate audition day in Ballarat on 2 December 2019. 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 3 December 2019.

A small number of single rooms are available at our Camp Street residences (Arts Academy). Please visit our FedUni Living Short Stay Accommodation page and follow the links to the Campus Life portal to book.

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 2 December 2019.

Call-back auditions

  • 3-5 December 2019 in Ballarat
  • Interstate applicant call-back: 3 December 2019

Selection notification

  • Audition outcome: Applicants will receive an A, B or C letter by mail in December 2019.
  • Final selections and offers are made through VTAC in mid-January 2020.

Application process

There is a two-part application process for the 2020 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 the Audition application form on this page

All other applicants

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

Auditions

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. Bring sheet music for this song in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided at the audition.

OR

Choose and download ONE contemporary monologue 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

Your song 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 song is to be performed. If your own accompanist is attending they need to be available for the full audition time.

Backing CDs are not permitted.

The song should not exceed THREE minutes.

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 3-5 December 2019. Refer to Call-backs below for more details.

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.

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 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 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

Auditions will be taking place at the following venues:

  • Ballarat
  • Footscray
  • Bunjil Place

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 dance-wear 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 Friday 1 November 2019.

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 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.