AMPA - Academy of Music and Performing Arts - International Students | Music & Performing Arts Course Options | AMPA


About AMPA

Established over 20 years ago, AMPA continues to develop performing artists, composers, producers, choreographers, teachers and industry professionals of the highest standard. AMPA is a registered provider on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) and complies with the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 and the obligations laid down in the National Code 2007. AMPA is also registered and accredited by the Australian Government - Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

AMPA currently boasts some of the highest calibre teaching staff in an atmosphere where students are carefully nurtured and guided through their studies. Students come to AMPA from all over Australia and the world. 

Music Courses

Focus areas include: Contemporary music, classical music, jazz music, music theatre and music production / composition.



Dance Courses

Focus areas include: Contemporary dance, ballet, hip-hop, jazz dance, tap dance, composition and choreography.


English Requirements

Applicants who have not completed an educational qualification in English will have to provide proof of proficiency in English through internationally recognised tests, or complete an authorised English course prior to commencement.



Studying in Sydney, Australia

AMPA benefits from a dynamic and diverse community, where students come from many different parts of the world to study music and performing arts in one of the world’s most beautiful and exciting cities. Sydney is Australia’s largest city, famously known for the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sydney has also been referred to as the most multicultural city in Australia and one of the most multicultural cities in the world.

The AMPA campus is located within 2 minutes walk of Central Station and close to various entertainment, performance and cultural venues. Sydney is well known for its pristine beaches, wildlife reserves, national parks, theatres, museums, art galleries, cinemas, restaurants and nightclubs. Australia is renowned for being safe, tolerant and multicultural.

Go to the AMPA Campus page for more details on our campus. You can also visit – the official Australian government web site for international students studying in Australia.


Please see the Accommodation page for help with preparing your stay in Sydney!

Student Wellbeing & Safety 

AMPA wishes for all students to feel happy and safe. Please refer to the Wellbeing & Safety page for access to a range of resources and assistance available to students.

Visa Conditions

As an international student you need to be aware of your student visa conditions to ensure you comply with regulations and have a positive study experience. It is also important to be aware that AMPA has legal requirements to notify the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) of information in certain circumstances, for example, if you defer your studies at AMPA.

To maintain a student visa you must hold a valid Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) that is issued by AMPA during the enrolment process.

Ensure you are familiar with your student visa conditions by visiting the DHA website and check conditions that apply to you and your family members online at VEVO. Below are details of only some of the visa conditions that apply to student visas.

Work Limitations

Once your course has commenced, you are permitted to work in paid employment up to 48 hours per fortnight in term time. A fortnight means the period of 14 days starting on a Monday. For more information see the DHA website.

Maintain Course Requirements

To maintain your student visa you must remain enrolled in your course and meet AMPA’s course progression requirements. If you are not meeting course progression requirements AMPA will be in contact with you to commence an intervention strategy to assist you to get back on track in your studies and meet standard requirements.

If after an intervention you are still unable to meet course progression requirements, you may be excluded from AMPA as per the Students at Academic Risk Policy. You will have the right to submit a complaint about this decision as per the Academic Appeals Policy. If you appeal the decision and your appeal is unsuccessful or you do not appeal the decision, you will be reported to DHA for failure to maintain course progress (or attendance), and this may result in your visa being cancelled.

Full-Time Study

International students must enrol in a full-time load at AMPA. The full-time study load is 20 credit points per session. AMPA operates within an undergraduate framework of 3 Teaching sessions (Trimesters) per year. Credit points apply to all units and represent a measure of the student workload and contact hours for each unit. All undergraduate units at AMPA are either 2, 4 or 6 credit points each.

Generally, International students enrol in 7, 8 or 9 units per session at AMPA.

Dance majors = 7 units / trimester
Contemporary, Classical, Composition and Music Production majors = 8 units / trimester
Music Theatre majors = 9 units / trimester

As a guide for Undergraduate European students:

2 AMPA credit points = 3 ECTS credits
4 AMPA credit points = 6 ECTS credits
6 AMPA credit points = 9 ECTS credits
20 AMPA credit points = 30 ECTS credits

As a guide for Undergraduate US students:

2 AMPA credit points = approx. 1.5 US Credit Hours
4 AMPA credit points = approx. 3 US Credit Hours
6 AMPA credit points = approx. 4.5 US Credit Hours
20 AMPA credit points = approx. 16 US Credit Hours


Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

Student visa holders and their dependents are required to hold Overseas Student Heath Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their visa. OSHC provides medical and hospital insurance during your stay in Australia.

You can elect for AMPA to organise your OSHC during your acceptance process or you can purchase your own OSHC using an Australian Government approved provider. Students from certain countries including Norway, Sweden and Belgium may have special arrangements under their own national schemes and are requested to contact DHA for further information.

Under 18 Years of Age

For a student visa holder under 18 years of age, you must maintain the accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements for the duration of your stay in Australia. Refer to the Under 18 Student Policy in the Student Handbook. 

Change of Contact Details

You must notify AMPA within seven days of the following:

your new address and contact details after arrival in Australia

any changes to your address and contact details during your enrolment at AMPA

Updating your address and contact details are important as DHA may need to contact you if there are any visa problems and if your details are not accurate you may risk having your visa cancelled without your knowledge.