Diploma of Musical Theatre


RTO #31624

Duration 12 months
Course Intake 5 February 2024
Location Adelaide, South Australia


GWB Studios provides first class industry-linked performance training, bridging the gap from performing arts education to the professional industry, through its relationship with commercial producer GWB Entertainment (Miss Saigon, A Christmas Carol, Death of a Salesman, Sunset Boulevard, Groundhog Day, Jagged Little Pill, An American in Paris, Girl from the North Country, West Side Story, Matilda, School of Rock, CATS, The Phantom of The Opera), and its extensive networks of Australian and International industry connections.

In an industry first, GWB Studios has partnered with The University of Adelaide, the highest ranked university in South Australia and ranked in the top 100 of universities worldwide, to deliver the Diploma of Musical Theatre.

Diploma students have the elective option to exclusively benefit from the expertise of university faculty and facilities at the prestigious Elder Conservatorium.

Jointly our highly trained faculty and team of industry experts will deliver the elite standard of training required for future artists to success.


Qualification Description

This qualification reflects the role of individuals working or aspiring to work as performers in musical theatre and cabaret productions. Individuals are expected to apply theory and creative skills in different performance and rehearsal contexts and to display initiative and judgement in planning creative activities. They demonstrate leadership in performing complex creative and technical operations and can be responsible for planning, coordinating and evaluating the work of others within broad but generally well-defined parameters.

The job roles that relate to this qualification may include musical theatre performer, cabaret performer, or session vocalist.

Individuals must complete an audition or provide another form of evidence which demonstrates their competence in at least one dance style equivalent to Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 4 or above.


Course Structure

6 core units  plus 10 elective units


Core units

CUAIND412 Provide freelance services

CUAMPF417 Develop vocal techniques

CUAPPR513 Prepare for and perform in competitive environments

CUAPRF511 Refine performance techniques

CUAPRF514 Refine musical theatre techniques

CUAWHS511 Maintain a high level of fitness for performance


Elective Units

CUADAN413 Develop expertise in jazz dance techniques

CUADAN420 Develop expertise in tap dance technique

CUAPPR512 Develop sustainability of own professional practice

CUAACT411 Use acting techniques in performance

CUAMPF612 Manage Stagecraft aspects of performance

CUAPRF418 Perform solo in a musical theatre context

CUAVOS411 Develop singing techniques for musical theatre

CUAPRF611 Extend musical theatre performance techniques to a professional level

CUAPRF419 Perform in a musical theatre ensemble

CUAWRT512 Develop storylines and treatments


All accredited courses with GWB Studios are delivered under an auspice arrangement with Australian Teachers of Dancing Limited RTO #31624


ECMT Electives

Ensemble Singing

Music Theatre History

Script Analysis

Vocal Anatomy

Song Repertoire


Contact Hours

 Approximately 20-25 hours per week with practical training hours taking place between 9am – 4:30pm

Monday-Thursday with exact hours and times dependent upon electives.

Weekly theory lesson for 2 hours [day and time TBA]


Pre-Requisites and Minimum Age 

There are no pre-requisites, however applicants are required to attend a private audition in person demonstrating competence of at least one dance genre at a Certificate IV level. Minimum age of 16 years.



Entry to this course is by application and self tape consisting of voice, scene work and choreography.

Closing date for submissions: Sunday 28 January 2024, subject to availability.



The Diploma of Musical Theatre is $14,990 + GST which is paid as $3,747.50 plus GST per term.

A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 + GST is required upon acceptance to the course.

Students have access to all GWB Studios general classes after hours at no additional cost (excluding CEP, privates and solo vocal coaching).

Should students choose to enrol into the four electives offered by Adelaide University, additional fees of $3,780 will apply.

A term-by-term payment plan can be arranged.


50 Sir Donald Bradman Dr,
Mile End SA 5031

(08) 8361 8888


Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm