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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 2022 is a process that has two parts.

Applying: Key dates for 2022

Application dates

  • Applications open: August 2021
  • Timely VTAC applications close: Thursday 30 September 2021
  • Timely direct applications close: Friday 29 October 2021
  • Video recorded audition for all applicants must be submitted by: 5pm, Friday 29 October 2021
  • Late direct applications close: Monday 29 November 2021

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 Webinar

Federation University Arts Academy invites students applying for our Bachelor of Performing Arts to view our audition Q & A webinar. We want you to feel confident and well-prepared when you record your audition video. This one-hour workshop will guide you through the process of applying for the Bachelor of Performing Arts, what we’re looking for in our students and what’s required in an audition video. Our highly-respected Arts Academy teaching staff and current students are looking forward to meeting you.
Watch our webinar

Audition Masterclass

Federation University Arts Academy is offering a FREE in-person audition masterclass so you can feel confident and well-prepared when you record your audition video.

This one day workshop will guide you through the process of applying for the Bachelor of Performing Arts, what we’re looking for in our students and what’s required in an audition video.

Our highly-respected Arts Academy teaching staff are looking forward to meeting you and answering your questions about our Bachelor of Performing Arts.

Date: 29 September 2021
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: Meet at the Student Lounge, Building L, Federation University Arts Academy, Camp St, Ballarat Central
BYO lunch

Register to attend

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 29 October 2021.

Callbacks: If your first round audition is successful, you will be invited to a callback in early December. Callbacks are scheduled for 6 December 2021, 7 December 2021 and 8 December 2021.

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

Application process

There is a two-part application process for the 2022 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 2021
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

Upload your video to our Audition portal by the closing date.

Step 5

Callbacks: if you are successful in your first round audition, you will be invited to a call back in early December.

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.

Callbacks - callbacks will be held at Federation University Camp St Campus, Ballarat.

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.

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 29 October 2021.

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.

Program Information

For more information about the Performing Arts program, please view our Course Finder entry

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)