7 things you should know about the Performing Arts Industry

Thinking about studying and starting a career within the performing arts industry? Here are 7 things you should know!

What is the performing arts?

7 things you should know about the Performing Arts Industry

1. Performing arts vs. Visual arts

Performing art is a form of art and skill that requires a performance in front of a public audience. The artists will use their body, voice or inanimate objects to convey their point of view. The performing arts tend to include a wide array of specialisms. These include, but are not limited to; acting, dancing, singing, musical theatre, modeling, voice specialists and sound technicians.

Visual art is a form of art that is mainly visual in nature and for aesthetic purposes. Pieces are created through the use of paint, canvas, sculpture, ceramics, design, photography and film-making.

Performing Arts Industry Trends

7 things you should know about the Performing Arts Industry

2. Latest performing arts employment trends

Since 2000, the performing arts industry has been on the rise, and employment opportunities are only set to increase, according to the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC, 2018).

Performing arts occupations that are estimated to rise in demand by 2023 include Actors, Dancers, and especially Film and TV related professionals. Music Professionals are set among some of the most popular VET related occupations, however, the employment projections by the AISC show a 1% decrease by 2023.

3. Latest performing arts educations trends

Some form of training and education is necessary in order to become a qualified professional within the performing arts industry. Certificate qualifications are the most popular qualification type in this industry, however, they do also have a high incompletion rate. Diploma’s are highly regarded within the dancing industry. Studying a degree, you may have your heart set on a career already. But studying a performing arts degree will equip you with creative skills that are useful in many other pathways.

APAC offers students an opportunity to explore all areas of performing arts through bachelor’s degrees.

A career in the performing arts


4. Performing arts jobs

Not to be misconstrued as simply being a ‘leisure field’, the performing arts is a serious, labor-intensive, employment-generating industry with an ample amount of opportunities.

An Acting Program will qualify students to become film or stage Actors/Actresses in lead and support roles, Radio Hosts, Voice-over artists or even a Theatre Director, just to name a few.

A Song Performance Program will enable the student to pursue a career as a Recording Artist, Cruise ship Performer, Lyricist, Radio Music Director and more.

If you prefer to work behind the scenes, a degree in film production at APAC may be of interest to you. This will equip students with the knowledge to pursue a career as a Director, Producer, Location Assistant, 2D/3D Camera operator, Cinematographer, and Lighting Technician.

5. Talent only gets you so far

One of the biggest skills you will learn from a performing arts degree is the ability to market yourself. You cannot rely on completing your studies, sending out a few resumes and expect to hear back from your dream job instantly. While studying, take full advantage of your school’s networking events, groups and other extracurricular activities set up to help you begin making connections.

This will also serve to help you later in life. Due to the way the industry works, many opportunities come from word of mouth rather than job advertisements visit us. Jobs can be found through networking, attending auditions, collaborating with other artists or even putting on your own shows.

6. Choosing the right Performing Arts School

There are many performing arts schools in Australia, and choosing the right one is not to be considered lightly. You will need to do your own extensive research to choose the best fit for you. Below are a few points to consider:

1. Will you re-locate for school?
2. Do graduates of this school get employed after graduation?
3. Does the degree offer capstone courses, opportunities for intercultural studies (i.e. study abroad), exhibition opportunities or any other practical opportunities.
4. What does this school offer that others do not?

For instance, APAC is the only education institution in Australia that has a stand-alone license to teach combat, which may be of high interest to prospective actors.

7. Performing Arts degrees

Creative skills are increasingly in demand, and studying a performing arts degree is one way of learning these.

At APAC, we offer three different bachelor’s degrees to students.

Over the course of 2 and a half decades, we have crafted these degrees to give our students the best possible support and guidance for navigating the Performing Arts Industry.