Principal Academy of Dance and Theatre Arts

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Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts


Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts




Training Accreditation Council WA


3 Years Full-time






This three year, full-time vocational course is the equivalent to an Associate Degree. It has been designed, written, developed and validated by industry professionals and teachers. The course is specifically designed to produce highly skilled and diverse professional performers enabling them to seek work in a broad range of future employment such as musical theatre productions, cruise ships, entertainment resorts, theme parks, film and television.

The aim is to ensure graduates have acquired a comprehensive range of skills and in-depth knowledge to display the disciplined attitude necessary for a professional dancer, singer and actor. Throughout each year, students will enhance and refine their technique and artistry showing confidence, assurance and professional awareness in application. Also, a comprehensive understanding of professional contexts will be applied in performance and practice.

Courses undertaken at Principal Academy allow students to select a pathway which meets with their primary skill in the performing arts. This is achieved by allowing students to select their major in either dance or musical theatre.


During the first year you will be introduced to a wide variety of subjects that will focus on your developing your technique and theoretical understanding of each subject matter. The year will aim to establish your awareness of a performers lifestyle to prepare you for further training and a professional career. Assessments are conducted throughout the year to monitor your progress. By the end of your first year, you will be guided by Heads of Department to the best pathway that suits your strengths in order to meet your full potential.


This year will concentrate and build on the core techniques and performance qualities. At this stage you will now be studying your recommended pathway and commenced additional units of study. For example, musical theatre students will expand upon their vocal and acting, whereas dancers will study additional styles of dance including choreography. Extra-curricular study is also available with the ISTD dance teaching examinations in modern.


The final year will fully prepare you for your intended career by focusing upon performance experience. This is achieved with Principal Academy’s association with Platinum Entertainment, to provide you with the unique opportunity to appear in professional productions held at the Crown Theatre, Perth. During the year you will also undergo professional development to prepare you for professional life as a performer. This will include marketing yourself as an artist, portfolio development, audition preparation, resumes, and even accounting in relation to self-employment.


  • 16+ Prior to course commencement
  • Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Successful Audition


  • Monday 9am – 5pm
  • Tuesday 9am – 5pm
  • Wednesday 9am – 5pm
  • Thursday 9am – 5pm
  • Friday 9am – 5pm


  • Term 1, Semester 1: 15th Feb – 1st Apr
  • Term 2, Semester 1: 19th Apr – 2nd Jul
  • Term 3, Semester 2: 19th Jul – 24th Sep
  • Term 4, Semester 2: 11th Oct – 12th Nov

Units of Study

Musical Theatre

  • Acting for musical theatre
  • Vocal technique for singers
  • Song repertoire
  • Musical theatre performance
  • Accents


  • Classical ballet
  • Theatre dance
  • Jazz
  • Contemporary
  • Tap
  • Commercial
  • Partnering


  • Improvisation
  • Vocal technique for acting
  • Stage play
  • Acting for screen
  • Scene study
  • Characterisation

Contextual Studies

  • Stage crafts
  • History
  • Music theory
  • Professional development
  • Showreel preparation
  • Audition techniques


Learn about our internationally recognised Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, part-time courses and master classes.


Our faculty is highly qualified with extensive industry experience, taking the time to encourage and nurture each individual to ensure they truly meet their full potential.

Past Students

Principal Academy graduates have secured work from New York to London and all in between. Some have even gone on to feature in Netflix blockbusters!