Academy of Music and Performing Arts

Academy of Music and Performing Arts

The Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA) is an innovative independent institution leading the way in tertiary education for performing arts in Australia.

With its uniquely personal approach and highly selective admission criteria, AMPA commits to providing the highest quality in undergraduate and postgraduate performing arts degrees. Focus areas include music (contemporary, jazz and classical), dance (contemporary, ballet, jazz and hip hop), and music theatre and composition/music production.

The institution’s supportive and collaborative community environment encourages students to pursue excellence in
all aspects of their academic, practical and creative study. 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.

How to apply

Applications are made directly to AMPA. Visit the ‘Future students’ page at complete the online application form.

Student profile

Visit and read ‘Why AMPA’ in the ‘Future students’ menu.

CRICOS provider number: 01108B
TEQSA provider ID: PRV12026

Completion of an Australian Year 12 qualification or equivalent, plus audition and interview. For full requirements, visit and read ‘How to apply’ in the ‘Future students’ menu.

Following a successful entry audition, students will receive a Letter of Offer from AMPA. The letter will include information about how to accept and enrol, or defer to another intake.

Fees and charges

A full schedule of fees is available at Fees may be paid directly to AMPA or by applying for FEE-HELP. Read ‘Financial assistance’ below for details.

AMPA is an approved FEE-HELP provider. FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that provides assistance with tuition fees for eligible students. In most cases, students pay no upfront fees, with the government covering tuition directly with the student’s higher education provider. Students repay their loan through the Australian taxation system once their income rises above the minimum threshold for compulsory repayment.

For more information about FEE-HELP, visit the Study Assist website.

Situated in convenient and vibrant Surry Hills, the AMPA campus is just 150 metres from Central Station and directly opposite Prince Alfred Park at 136 Chalmers Street, Surry Hills.

A key feature of the campus is the Tom Mann Theatre. With a sizeable stage and excellent acoustics, the theatre is a highly impressive and adaptable venue suitable for a wide variety of performance applications including live music, theatre and dance. Accommodating close to 300 patrons, the theatre includes a professional fly tower, state-of-the-art sound and lighting facilities, loading dock, numerous practical support spaces and dressing rooms.


There is no accommodation available on campus. Most students in Sydney live locally with family or friends, use homestay accommodation, or rent share accommodation.


AMPA boasts some of the finest teachers in Australia — each a highly experienced expert in their own field. AMPA’s teachers are engaging and innovative and share the vision of AMPA: to provide students with a relevant, comprehensive and practical education, and to nurture and bring out the creative voice of each individual artist.

General information for Academy of Music and Performing Arts

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136 Chalmers Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Unit 4/85-91 O'Riordan Street, Alexandria NSW 2015

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