Graduate Diploma in
Graduate Diploma of Music (Performance) Australian Academy Of Music And Performing Arts (AMPA)
The Academy of Music And Performing Arts (AMPA) is one of Australia's leading tertiary providers of performing arts education.
Educating and inspiring young artists for over 20 years, AMPA remains committed to providing the highest quality in undergraduate and postgraduate degrees focussing on the performing arts, including contemporary, jazz and classical music, dance performance (modern, ballet, jazz, contemporary and hip hop), music theatre, composition/music production and arts management.
With its distinctive personal approach, high calibre teaching staff, emphasis on performance-based study and individual study designs, AMPA equips talented artists with the skills essential to succeed as musicians, dancers, performing artists, composers, producers, choreographers, directors, teachers and industry professionals in Australia and around the world. Given the demands of such highly competitive industries, AMPA’s ultimate priority is to develop inspirational and proficient artists who will leave a lasting impact on whichever field they choose.
Higher Education Accreditation
- AMPA is a registered Higher Education Provider through the Australian Government - Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)
- AMPA is a registered FEE-Help provider for all of its courses
- AMPA is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS)
- AMPA is AUSTUDY/ABSTUDY approved for all full-time courses
- AMPA is a member of the Australian Council of Private Education and Training (ACPET)
The mission of AMPA is to provide the highest standard of music and performing arts education through:
- The delivery of tertiary programs, training and research of international quality;
- Its graduates empowered with greater knowledge, ability and professional practice;
- The inspiration for creativity, appreciation and commitment to music and the arts in all people
AMPA is committed to becoming a leader of music and arts education in Australia and beyond, constantly striving towards distinction in performance, creativity and scholarship. Students are educated to the highest standards based on the best possible professional practice. Through our graduates, faculty and community alike, AMPA seeks to leave a positive impact on the music and performing arts arena.
- Entry Requirements: The successful completion of a Bachelor of Music or equivalent undergraduate music degree. Provisional admission may be granted for students with limited educational qualifications.
- Admissions Process: Audition + Interview
How to Apply
Take the lead and join one of Australia’s leading providers of music and performing arts education. There are 3 intake periods for you to start your journey with AMPA:
- Intake 1 (January/February)
- Intake 2 (May)
- Intake 3 (September)
Please see below for further details on what to expect when applying for AMPA.
Step 1: Application
Complete the Online Application Form
Step 2: Audition Booking
Once your application form is submitted an Admissions team member will contact you to book your audition and interview. The audition will be run by an experienced staff member who will be able to recommend the most appropriate path to achieve your goals.
Step 3: Enrol
After you complete your audition, the panel will evaluate your performance and assess your aptitude and potential to succeed at AMPA.
If your audition is successful, you will receive a Letter of Offer in the post. This letter will include instructions on how to log-in to the AMPA Online portal where you can respond to your offer.
By accepting an offer to study at AMPA, your place at AMPA is secure. We’ll get in touch with you shortly after we receive your acceptance to arrange your enrolment and orientation at AMPA.
Piano, keyboard, amps, drum kit, and sound system for backing tracks are provided for all auditions. Guitarists should bring their own leads, and drummers their own sticks and brushes. Applicants must provide their own backing track and accompanist if required.
At the audition, applicants will have the opportunity to tour the campus if they have not already visited AMPA for an Open Day or other events. Please ask at reception on the day if you’d like a tour.
International & Interstate Applicants
Interstate and international applicants will be invited to submit their audition via video, or by alternative arrangement, as discussed with the Student Services Officer once their application has been received.
International applicants who come from non-English speaking backgrounds must provide evidence that they have achieved a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 (for associate degrees) through to 6.5 (for postgraduate degrees). Equivalent results from alternative English proficiency tests (eg. TOEFL) are also accepted.
1.PRINCIPAL STUDY: All students receive 18 x individual, 1-hour lessons, on a chosen instrument or voice for every semester in the course.
2.ENSEMBLE: Demonstrate developed suite of professional collaborative skills to engage, direct and perform within a group. Through a range of instrumental and vocal combinations in a wide variety of genres, students will develop skills in improvisation, transcription, transposition, interpretation, sightreading, ensemble direction, accompaniment and rehearsal techniques.
3.ACADEMIC STUDIES: The study of musical scholarship suited to the diverse range of disciplines that make up the creative industries. These typically fall within the paradigms of critical enquiry research and practice-led research.
4.ELECTIVES: Relevant to singer-songwriters or any students who wish to learn two instruments, the unique Second Study at AMPA provides 18 x individual, 30-minute lessons every trimester. Or choose from electives to complement and refine your degree such as Music Theatre, Music Industry, Studio Teaching, Recording, Production, Chart Writing and more. In stages 3 and 4 students transition to postgraduate research units to develop research, analytical and writing skills as well as critical thinking, creative thinking, synthesis and conceptualisation.