DEVELOP YOUR CREATIVE HABIT


COURSE SUMMARY

Qualification / Award10923NAT Advanced Diploma of Acting for Contemporary Screen Media
Length2 years full-time (6 trimesters)
Units of Competency13 Units of Competency
DeliveryOn Campus at Waterloo Studios
Available toDomestic / International
ATARN/A
Course AccreditationCRICOS (03361F)
Financial InformationCourse Fees Page
IELTSLevel 6.5
Application ProcessApply Online

The Advanced Diploma of Acting for Contemporary Screen Media is our flagship acting course. It will provide you with the skills required to cultivate a long-lasting career as an actor whether you want to act in Australia or abroad. The Advanced Diploma of Acting is a two-year accredited acting course; completed over six 13-week trimesters, four days per week.

Throughout the two years, you will develop core acting skills and you will also explore multiple acting techniques and methodologies. This will allow you to formulate your own individual approach to acting.

First of all, to maintain a robust acting career in today’s industry, you must have more to offer than the ability to ‘act well’. You must have current knowledge of the industry, and the determination and capacity to create your own work. Our aim is to produce excellent storytellers; with a focus on bridging the gap between acting student and industry professional. Sydney Actors School is the only Registered Training Organisation or acting school in the world to deliver the Advanced Diploma of Acting for Contemporary Screen Media.


UNITS OF COMPETENCY

To successfully complete the 10923NAT Advanced Diploma of Acting for Contemporary Screen Media acting course, you must complete 13 core units of competency. The units are outlined in the table below:

 
UNITS OF COMPETENCY
  
 CUAWHS302APPLY WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY PRACTICES  
 NAT10923001DEVELOP TECHNICAL SKILLS FOR SCREEN MEDIA PRODUCTIONS  
 NAT10923002INTEGRATE TECHNICAL SKILLS AND ACTING PERFORMANCE IN SCREEN MEDIA PRODUCTIONS   
 NAT10923003APPLY A RANGE OF ACTING SKILLS TO SCREEN MEDIA AND LIVE PERFORMANCES  
 NAT10923004DEVELOP  PHYSICAL SKILLS FOR SCREEN MEDIA AND LIVE PERFORMANCE  
 NAT10923005DEVELOP VOCAL SKILLS FOR SCREEN MEDIA AND LIVE PERFORMANCE  
 NAT10923006EXTEND ACTING RANGE FOR SCREEN PERFORMANCE  
 NAT10923007INTEGRATE SPECIALISED VOCAL AND PHYSICAL SKILLS FOR SCREEN PERFORMANCE  
 NAT10923008ANALYSE A RANGE OF SCRIPTS AND DELIVER PREPARED PERFORMANCE FOR STAGE AND SCREEN   
 NAT10923009PREPARE FOR AN ACTING CAREER IN THE SCREEN AND MEDIA INDUSTRY  
 NAT10923010PRODUCE A SHORT FILM  
 NAT10923011IMPLEMENT PROFESSIONAL DIRECTION IN CASTING SCREEN TESTS AND PERFORMANCES FOR STAGE AND SCREEN   
 NAT10923012PRODUCE AN ACTING SHOWREEL AND VOICEOVER DEMO  

The Advanced Diploma was created to produce employable, screen-ready actors upon graduation. In addition to intensive training led by Australia’s leading acting tutors, the course will give you essential technical and multi-disciplinary production skills that will enable you to produce your own work and increase your employment opportunities. As a Sydney Actors School student, you will be encouraged to actively build your professional network while in training.

Over two years, you will develop the skills to act on stage and screen, conceive and produce your own content, build your ‘brand’, and confidently negotiate areas of self-promotion, business and health and well-being. These skills will be showcased during your final semester when you will deliver a Showreel and Voice-reel, participate in the production of a short film and perform in both a graduation play production and a live showcase for an audience of invited industry guests.


COURSE STRUCTURE

YEAR ONE
 
TERM ONE
 
 
SUBJECTS
INCLUDES
 
  ACTING 1 DEVELOPMENT OF THE CREATIVE HABIT 
  ACTING FOR CAMERA 1 SCENEWORK ON CAMERA 
  FILM STUDIES INDIVIDUAL MOVEMENT PIECE 
  IMPROVISATION 1 SHOOTING EXERCISE 
  MOVEMENT 1 INDIVIDUAL VOCAL WARM-UP 
  TECHNOLOGY CRAFT 1   
  VOICE 1   
      
 
TERM TWO
 
 
SUBJECTS
INCLUDES
 
  ACTING 2 INTERNATIONAL SCENEWORK 
  ACTING FOR CAMERA 2 SCENEWORK ON CAMERA 
  IMPROVISATION 2 CLASSIC TEXT SCENEWORK 
  MOVEMENT 2 ANIMAL STUDY 
  TECHNOLOGY CRAFT 2 SHOOTING EXERCISE ON LOCATION 
  VOICE 2 VOICE-OVER / CHARACTER NARRATION 
      
 
TERM THREE
 
 
SUBJECTS
INCLUDES
 
  ACTING 3 PLAY PRODUCTION 1 
  ACTING FOR CAMERA 3 SCENEWORK ON CAMERA 
  IMPROVISATION 3 LONG-FORM IMPROVISATION PERFORMANCE 
  MOVEMENT 3 ENSEMBLE MOVEMENT PERFORMANCE 
  TECHNOLOGY CRAFT 3 SHORT FILM 1 
  VOICE 3 ENSEMBLE VOICE PERFORMANCE 
      
YEAR TWO
 
TERM FOUR
 
 
SUBJECTS
INCLUDES
 
  ACTING 4 WEEKLY SCREEN TESTS / INDIVIDUAL FEEDBACK SESSIONS 
  ACTING FOR CAMERA 4 ACTING METHODOLOGY EXPLORATION 
  BUSINESS FOR THE ACTOR CASTING / SCREEN TESTING 
  MOVEMENT 4 PLAY PRODUCTION 2 
  PRODUCTION 1 SPECIALIST MOVEMENT TRAINING 
  TECHNOLOGY CRAFT 4 AUDITIONING FOR GREEN SCREEN 
  VOICE 4 WRITING FOR SCREEN 
    SHORT FILM 2 
    BUSINESS PLAN 
      
 
TERM FIVE
 
 
SUBJECTS
INCLUDES
 
  ACTING 5 WEEKLY SCREEN TESTS / INDIVIDUAL FEEDBACK SESSIONS 
  ACTING FOR CAMERA 5 CASTING / SCREEN TESTING 
  HEALTH FOR THE ACTOR SCENEWORK 
  INDUSTRY CRAFT 1 INDIVIDUAL BUSINESS PLAN 
  MOVEMENT 5 SHORT FILM 2 
  PRODUCTION 2 PITCH PROJECT / SHORT FILM 3 
  TECHNOLOGY CRAFT 5   
  VOICE 5   
      
 
TERM SIX
  
 
SUBJECTS
INCLUDES
 
  ACTING 6 GRADUATION PLAY PRODUCTION 3 
  ACTING FOR CAMERA 6 GRADUATION INDUSTRY SHOWCASE 
  INDUSTRY CRAFT 2 INDUSTRY GUEST MASTERCLASSES 
  MOVEMENT 6 SHOWREEL PRODUCTION 
  PRODUCTION 3 VOICE REEL PRODUCTION 
  VOICE 6 CREATION OF ‘ACTING BUSINESS’ PORTFOLIO FOR ENTRANCE TO THE INDUSTRY 


ACTING PROFESSIONAL SKILLS BASE 

Professional skills you will acquire during the 10130NAT Advanced Diploma of Acting for Contemporary Screen Media will be:

  • Self-management and effective time management
  • Implementation of contractual arrangements
  • Professional industry language and protocols
  • Effective and creative functioning in collaborative enterprises
  • Negotiation skills
  • Planning and executing complex projects
  • The ability to express and identify creative processes
  • Resources and methods to continue creative development
  • Effective goal setting
  • High level development of personal methodology in preparation and execution of performance
  • A sound and practical understanding of current and future technological directions in the entertainment industry

LEARNING OBJECTIVES 

  • Guided in a way that allows you to identify your creative assets so you can achieve maximum expression yet also allows you to undertake remedial work to effectively remove creative blocks, tensions or certainly work patterns that may limit your professional development
  • Skills and knowledge training in line with actual industry practice. Our teaching/learning environment is constructed to provide you with real production studio experience; much of your classwork and assessments will be simulations of how things actually work in the industry and be done in SAS film, sound and editing studios in real time

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND APPLICATION SUBMISSION 

Applicants must consequently have a suitable level of academic skills in order to study in an Advanced Diploma acting course.

To apply for this course you must complete our acting application. Shortly after you submit your application one of SAS’s friendly staff will be in contact with you to arrange your initial interview, tour and also your audition.

Please see our student entry procedures for even more details.


COURSE CALENDARS 

 
COURSE CALENDAR FOR STUDENTS COMMENCING IN AUGUST 2021

ACTING 1
SEMESTER START
MON, 2 AUGUST 21
 
SEMESTER FINISH
FRI, 17 DECEMBER 21

SEMESTER BREAK
 
SAT, 18 DECEMBER 21 – SUN, 6 FEBRUARY 22
 

ACTING 2
SEMESTER START
MON, 7 FEBRUARY 22
 
MID SEMESTER BREAK
FRI, 15 APRIL – MON 25 APRIL 22
 
SEMESTER FINISH
FRI, 1 JULY 22

 
 
COURSE CALENDAR FOR STUDENTS COMMENCING IN FEBRUARY 2022
ACTING 1
SEMESTER START
O WEEK, MON, 7 FEBRUARY 22
MON, 14 FEBRUARY 22
 
SEMESTER FINISH
THURS, 12 MAY 22

SEMESTER BREAK
 
FRI, 13 MAY 22 – SUN, 29 MAY 22 
 

ACTING 2
SEMESTER START
MON, 30 MAY 22 
 
SEMESTER FINISH
THURS, 25 AUGUST 22

SEMESTER BREAK
 
FRI, 26 AUGUST 22 – SUN, 11 SEPTEMBER 22 
 

ACTING 3
SEMESTER START
MON, 12 SEPTEMBER 22
 
SEMESTER FINISH
FRI, 9 DECEMBER 22

SEMESTER BREAK
 
SAT, 10 DECEMBER 22 – SUN, 5 FEBRUARY 23
 

ACTING 4
SEMESTER START
MON, 6 FEBRUARY 23
 
SEMESTER FINISH
THURS, 11 MAY 23

SEMESTER BREAK
 
FRI,  12 MAY – SUN, 28 MAY 23
 

ACTING 5
SEMESTER START
MON, 29 MAY 23
 
SEMESTER FINISH
THURS, 24 AUGUST 23

SEMESTER BREAK
 
FRI,  25 AUGUST – SUN, 10 SEPTEMBER 23
 

ACTING 6
SEMESTER START
MON, 11 SEPTEMBER 23
 
SEMESTER FINISH
FRI, 8 DECEMBER 23

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