AMPA - Academy of Music and Performing Arts - Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


What happens in an audition?

To download the full audition guidelines for each AMPA degree, please visit the 'How to Apply' section of this website, or click here to go there now.


How should I prepare?

Choose your audition pieces carefully and know them well. Choose songs that you feel most confident with and that show off your full range of skills. Feel free to utilise backing tracks and accompaniment. Most importantly, relax and enjoy the process! If you have any questions beforehand, please feel free to get in touch with our friendly Admissions staff on 02 9310 3111 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


I am overseas or interstate and can't get to AMPA for the audition. What are my options? 

International or interstate students will be invited to submit a video audition. Students are sometimes required to sit a Skype audition and interview in addition. Once we receive your application, a member of the AMPA Admissions team will get in touch with you to arrange a suitable option. Prospective students residing in remote NSW may also be eligible to audition via video. Please let your Admissions representative know if you would like to do this.


When do I need to apply by?

There are three intakes for entry into AMPA: January, May and September As places are limited, application forms must be submitted well in advance to avoid missing out. AMPA conducts auditions year-round and students may audition up to a year ahead of their chosen intake.


Am I eligible Fee-Help?

FEE-HELP is available to Australian citizens and Permanent humanitarian visa holders. For further details on Fee-Help, please visit:


How do international students pay their fees?

International students must pay the first trimester in full before enrolment can be processed. A Certificate of Enrolment (CoE) will be issued as part of the enrolment process.


Does AMPA provide accommodation?

No. However, there are a huge number of options for students planning to stay in Sydney. Here's a list of accommodation options to look into. Also, some AMPA students choose to share houses with each other, try the AMPA Billboard to connect with other students now. If you need advice or pointers, please feel free to get in touch with AMPA Admissions on 02 9310 3111 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


How do I get to AMPA?

The main AMPA campus is conveniently located next to Central Railway Station. 

By train:

Get off at Central Station (Southern Concourse exit). Then it's just a 2 minute walk as you turn right onto Chalmers St. 

By bus:

Bus services operate directly to AMPA or to Central Station from most areas of Sydney.

Click here to view a map and further details.

To get to the Alexandria Dance facilities, a shuttle bus travels between Central Station and Alexandria. This is a free service for all AMPA students.