Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre)

Important! Please make sure you have read the How to Apply information for this course prior to reading the audition requirements below.

Audition dates

2023 Start Year Intake

The audition dates and requirements for the 2023 start year intake will be announced shortly.

Recorded Audition Requirements

Song and Sheet Music Guidelines

  • You must upload your performance of two songs, at least one in the Music Theatre genre.
  • Working with tracks can be hard and we want to make this as easy as possible, therefore you can sing a complete song (ie no audition cut) OR you can sing a cut version. No preference is made for either decision, just do the option that makes it easiest and most fun for you.
  • Please feel free to sing in the accent most appropriate for the song.
  • The sourcing of all backing tracks is the responsibility of the applicant.
  • For this intake, sheet music is not required to be submitted.

Monologue Guidelines

  • You must upload your performance of two monologues. This can include Shakespeare, however, it is not a requirement.
  • Where possible, you should read the entire play from which your piece has been chosen in order to place the speech in context. You are strongly advised to select from plays rather than film or television scripts. Pieces must be a minimum of 1.5 minutes in length but no longer than 2 minutes.

Dance Assessment

  • You must upload one video recorded dance audition. Specific instructions will be available in the supplemenatry application form. This component of the audition will focus on a jazz dance assessment.

Recording your Audition

  • It is not an expectation that you access or purchase additional recording equipment beyond a basic smartphone, iPad, or laptop/desktop device. For smartphones, many recent models already have very good microphones built-in.
  • The most important thing is that we can see and hear you. Make sure that you are well lit: do not use backlighting. Please test the quality of light and sound before recording your pieces.
  • We are looking to see how you tell stories through your instrument which is both your voice and your body. To this end, it is much easier for us to assess your performance if we can see more of you. We do note that it is not always possible to get a full shot and if you decide for a mid-shot we understand. We welcome all body shapes and sizes into the course and champion all forms of diversity and inclusion in the Music Theatre Industry.
  • Move as needed and face the direction that best supports the intentions of your work but try and keep your body within shot at all times.
  • Please remember that this is a video submission for a theatre and performance course so bring your full self, full voice, and entire body to the performance task even though you are performing in front of a camera.
  • Monologues: You must announce the name of the character and the name of the play before performing. Perform your monologues and song predominantly toward the camera, but you don't have to stand on the spot.

Callbacks: Workshop/Audition

Shortlisted applicants from the recorded audition submissions will be invited to attend an online 3-hour workshop/audition.

Shortlisted applicants will be also emailed a link to self-book their callback audition time.

During the workshop/audition, applicants might be asked to:

  • Sing either or both their songs.
  • Perform either or both of their monologues.
  • Perform any and all of their chosen pieces at the discretion of the panel.

More details will be provided with the callback audition notification.

How will I be assessed?

Your audition will be assessed against the following criteria by the selection panel on your ability to:

  • demonstrate vocal skill and potential for development
  • interpret a song imaginatively or emotionally
  • elucidate the meaning of the text within the context of the play (or your own context, specific to you)
  • make an emotional and imaginative connection within the text
  • work in the moment with intention appropriate to the text
  • demonstrate physical skill and potential for development.

In the callback audition, shortlisted applicants will be assessed against the following criteria by the selection panel on their ability to:

  • demonstrate technical vocal skills and potential for development
  • interpret a song imaginatively or emotionally
  • demonstrate physical skill and potential for development
  • listen and respond to direction imaginatively
  • demonstrate the potential to be trained
  • demonstrate the ability to retain choreography
  • work with flexibility and openness.