DEVELOP YOUR CREATIVE HABIT


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 four 20-week semesters, 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 10130NAT 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
 
CUSWHS302 APPLY WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY PRACTICES
SCRKPR601 MAINTAIN AND APPLY INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE AND PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR CONTEMPORARY SCREEN MEDIA
SCRTPR602 INTEGRATE TECHNICAL AND PRODUCTION REQUIREMENTS FOR PERFORMANCE IN CONTEMPORARY SCREEN MEDIA
SCRAAS603 APPLY A RANGE OF ACTING SKILLS IN SUSTAINED PERFORMANCES FOR CAMERA
SCRPSA604 DEVELOP AND INTEGRATE PHYSICAL SKILLS FOR SCREEN ACTING
SCRVSA605 DEVELOP AND INTEGRATE VOCAL SKILLS FOR SCREEN ACTING
SCREAR606 ESTABLISH AND EXTEND ACTING RANGE FOR SCREEN
SCRVPS607 INTEGRATE SPECIALISED VOCAL AND PHYSICAL SKILLS FOR CONTEMPORARY SCREEN ACTING
SCRPPS608 READ AND PREPARE PERFORMANCE OF SCRIPTS
SCREHM609 IDENTIFY AND EVALUATE ECONOMIC AND HEALTH MATTERS IN A SCREEN ACTING CAREER
SCRPSF610 PRODUCE A SHORT FILM
SCRCWD611 MANAGE AND NEGOTIATE CASTINGS AND WORKING WITH DIRECTORS
SCRPSR612 PRODUCE A SHOWREEL OF PERFORMANCES 

The Advanced Diploma was created so as to address the specific industry need of producing employable screen-ready actors upon graduation. In addition to world class acting training staffed by some of Australia’s leading acting tutors and musical teacher tutors, our course is unique for the reason that it focuses on the multi-disciplinary production skills that enable actors to create their own employment opportunities. You will graduate from Sydney Actors School with the skills to conceive, write, and produce your own creative work, to ‘build your brand’, and to actively negotiate the areas of self-promotion, business and health and well-being.

Sydney Actors School students are also encouraged to build networks and actively engage with independent projects so as to further their industry contacts and develop their artistic experience. The result of your training will be strong skills in all aspects of acting for screen and stage, detailed knowledge of the current screen industry and the technical ability to generate your own work and opportunities. These skills will be on display during your final semester where you will deliver a showreel and voice-reel and perform in both a graduation play production and a showcase for an audience of invited industry guests.


COURSE STRUCTURE

YEAE ONE
SEMESTER ONE
SUBJECTS
INCLUDES
ACTING 1 DEVELOPMENT OF THE CREATIVE HABIT
ACTING FOR CAMERA 1 SCENEWORK SHOWING
FILM STUDIES STORYTELLING THROUGH SONG
IMPROVISATION 1 LABAN’S 8 WORKING ACTINGS
MOVEMENT 1 THE BIG HUNT
TECHNOLOGY CRAFT 1 INDIVIDUAL MOVEMENT PIECE
VOICE 1 SHOOTING EXERCISE ON LOCATION
DEVELOPMENT OF INDIVIDUAL VOCAL WARM-UP
SHAKESPEARE MONOLOGUE SHOWING
SEMESTER TWO
SUBJECTS
INCLUDES
ACTING 2 INTERNATIONAL SCENEWORK SHOWING
ACTING FOR CAMERA 2 CONTEMPORARY PLAY PRODUCTION
IMPROVISATION 2 PLAY SCHOOL EXERCISE
MOVEMENT 2 CLASSIC TEXT STUDY AND SCENEWORK
TECHNOLOGY CRAFT 2 ANIMAL STUDY
VOICE 2 INDIVIDUAL MOVEMENT PIECE (CONTINUED)
ENSEMBLE DEVISED MOVEMENT PIECE
ADVANCED SHOOTING EXERCISE
ACCENT STUDY
VOICE-OVER / CHARACTER NARRATION
ENSEMBLE VOCAL EXERCISE
YEAE TWO
SEMESTER THREE
SUBJECTS
INCLUDES
BUSINESS AND HEALTH FOR THE ACTOR SCENEWORK SHOWING
INDUSTRY CRAFT 1 ACTING METHODOLOGOY EXPLORATION
MOVEMENT 3 CONTEMPORARY PLAY PRODUCTION
PRODUCTION 1 WEEKLY SCREEN TESTS / INDIVIDUAL FEEDBACK SESSIONS
TECHNOLOGY CRAFT 3 CREATION OF ‘ACTING BUSINESS’ PORTFOLIO FOR ENTRANCE TO THE INDUSTRY
VOICE 3 CASTING / AUDITION WORKSHOPS
FIGHTING FOR FILM
WRITING FOR SCREEN
SHORT FILM PROJECT
WORKING WITH GREEN SCREEN
SEMESTER FOUR
SUBJECTS
INCLUDES
ACTING 4 WEEKLY SCREEN TESTS / INDIVIDUAL FEEDBACK SESSIONS
INDUSTRY CRAFT 2 GRADUATION PLAY PRODUCTION
MOVEMENT 4 GRADUATION INDUSTRY SHOWCASE
PRODUCTION 2 CASTING / SCREEN TESTING
TECHNOLOGY CRAFT 4 INDUSTRY GUEST MASTERCLASSES
VOICE 4 SPECIALIST MOVEMENT TRAINING
SHOWREEL PRODUCTION
PITCH / FILM PRODUCTION
AUDITIONING FOR GREEN SCREEN
VOICE REEL PRODUCTION

 


FIRST SEMESTER

ACTING FOUNDATION SKILLS

The first semester focuses on the foundation skills to set you up for your training and guide you for the training to come.

Voice, movement, core acting development, working with text, research, and creative process will be developed to give you an understanding of your strengths, weaknesses and make up of your own creative habit.

Another aspect of your studies whilst at the ISA acting school will involve a detailed exploration of the actor’s relationship to all personnel involved in production and post production. Lines of authority, protocols, documentation, professional language and collaborative work practices are key topics.

Special attention is paid to critical personnel who will shape and impact your future performances: (e.g. directors, DOPs, editors).


SECOND SEMESTER

ACTING INDIVIDUAL SKILLS

Your second semester continues the individual skills training and expands upon it with more detailed script and scene work. Through detailed master classes with some of Australia’s finest acting tutors, you will work on a variety of scenes designed to challenge and furthermore expand your ability and refine your technique in rehearsal and performance.

You will then commence detailed camera and broadcast work: topics include coverage, shot composition, lenses, close/mid/long shot, reverses, continuity, cheats, hand held camera, lights, hitting marks, locations, audio technologies. This training will occur in our live production studios because we recognise the need for trained actors to also be trained in film making. The emphasis of this training is on the integration of technical and creative abilities to develop your skills in camera operation, lighting and sound.


THIRD SEMESTER

ACTING TECHNICAL CREATIVE SKILLS

Your second year at SAS in the advanced diploma of acting, focuses on integrating the technical aspects of working in screen based media with creative expression.

Voice studies are now linked to audio technologies and studios: Voice-over, ADRs, TVCs, presenting, narration, animation and accent work.

Movement studies including basic stunt work, armoury work, green screen wirework, motion capture, physical animation character work.

Personal work method is developed, focusing on how you develop your skills in preparation and execution of performance.

Major project-Short Film: Working in small groups, students will develop their own short film. Alongside experienced group mentors, students will write, produce, direct and act in 7-minute short films. The project draws together all the training students have received up to this point. Screening of these films will hence form part of the students’ industry showcase.


FOURTH SEMESTER

LAUNCHING YOUR CAREER

In your final semester you will commence work in:

Approaching Castings. Industry guests will conduct simulated castings across a wide range of material. Intensive one on one feedback and discussion will support rigorous master classes.

Working with Directors. A range of industry directors will conduct master classes and oversee a range of project material (from TV commercials to film).

Contemporary technology. Using social media and online mediums as both promotional and networking tools and possible avenues to be harnessed for creative projects.

Guests in specialist areas will continue to give seminars / small group work. You will be assisted in preparing a show-reel. The range of formats and ways in which you can use your show-reel will be explored.

Finally, the course will conclude with an Industry Showcase.



ACTING PROFESSIONAL SKILLS BASE 

From a professional skill base point of view the most noteworthy 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
  • Contract based: this means that you will undertake a contract with your instructors. This enables you to better define goals, motivation, learning outcomes, management and planning skills

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 

10130NAT ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF ACTING FOR CONTEMPORARY SCREEN MEDIA

Course calendar for students commencing in February 2018.

COURSE CALENDAR – STUDENT INTAKE 2018
10130NAT ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF ACTING FOR CONTEMPORARY SCREEN MEDIA
ACTING 1 SEMESTER START MID-SEMESTER BREAK SEMESTER FINISH
O WEEK, TUES, 30 JANUARY 18 START FINISH THURS, 28 JUNE 18
MON, 5 FEBRUARY 18 FRI, 13 APRIL 18 SUN, 22 APRIL 18
SEMESTER BREAK BREAK START BREAK FINISH
FRI, 29 JUNE 18 SUN, 22 JULY 18
ACTING 2 SEMESTER START MID-SEMESTER BREAK SEMESTER FINISH
MON, 23 JULY 18 START FINISH FRI, 14 DECEMBER 18
FRI, 28 SEPTEMBER 18 SUN, 7 OCTOBER 18
SEMESTER BREAK BREAK START BREAK FINISH
SAT, 15 DECEMBER 18 SUN, 27 JANUARY 19
ACTING 3 SEMESTER START MID-SEMESTER BREAK SEMESTER FINISH
O WEEK, TUES, 29 JANUARY 19 START FINISH THURS, 27 JUNE 19
MON, 4 FEBRUARY 19 FRI, 12 APRIL 19 SUN, 21 APRIL 19
SEMESTER BREAK BREAK START BREAK FINISH
FRI, 28 JUNE 19 SUN, 21 JULY 19
ACTING 4 SEMESTER START MID-SEMESTER BREAK SEMESTER FINISH
MON, 22 JULY 19 START FINISH FRI, 13 DECEMBER 19
FRI, 27 SEPTEMBER 19 SUN, 6 OCTOBER 19

 


Course calendar for students commencing in February 2019.

COURSE CALENDAR – STUDENT INTAKE 2019
10130NAT ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF ACTING FOR CONTEMPORARY SCREEN MEDIA
ACTING 1 SEMESTER START MID-SEMESTER BREAK SEMESTER FINISH
O WEEK, TUES, 29 JANUARY 19 START FINISH THURS, 27 JUNE 19
MON, 4 FEBRUARY 19 FRI, 12 APRIL 19 SUN, 21 APRIL 19
SEMESTER BREAK BREAK START BREAK FINISH
FRI, 28 JUNE 19 SUN, 21 JULY 19
ACTING 2 SEMESTER START MID-SEMESTER BREAK SEMESTER FINISH
MON, 22 JULY 19 START FINISH FRI, 13 DECEMBER 19
FRI, 27 SEPTEMBER 19 SUN, 6 OCTOBER 19
SEMESTER BREAK BREAK START BREAK FINISH
SAT, 14 DECEMBER 19 SUN, 26 JANUARY 20
ACTING 3 SEMESTER START MID-SEMESTER BREAK SEMESTER FINISH
O WEEK, TUES, 28 JANUARY 20 START FINISH THURS, 25 JUNE 20
MON, 3 FEBRUARY 20 FRI, 10 APRIL 20 SUN, 19 APRIL 20
SEMESTER BREAK BREAK START BREAK FINISH
FRI, 26 JUNE 20 SUN, 19 JULY 20
ACTING 4 SEMESTER START MID-SEMESTER BREAK SEMESTER FINISH
MON, 20 JULY 20 START FINISH FRI, 11 DECEMBER 20
FRI, 25 SEPTEMBER 20 SUN, 4 OCTOBER 20
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Course calendar for students commencing in February 2020.
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COURSE CALENDAR – STUDENT INTAKE 2020
10130NAT ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF ACTING FOR CONTEMPORARY SCREEN MEDIA
ACTING 1 SEMESTER START MID-SEMESTER BREAK SEMESTER FINISH
O WEEK, TUES, 28 JANUARY 20 START FINISH THURS, 25 JUNE 20
MON, 3 FEBRUARY 20 FRI, 10 APRIL 20 SUN, 19 APRIL 20
SEMESTER BREAK BREAK START BREAK FINISH
FRI, 26 JUNE 20 SUN, 19 JULY 20
ACTING 2 SEMESTER START MID-SEMESTER BREAK SEMESTER FINISH
MON, 20 JULY 20 START FINISH FRI, 11 DECEMBER 20
FRI, 25 SEPTEMBER 20 SUN, 4 OCTOBER 20
SEMESTER BREAK BREAK START BREAK FINISH
SAT, 12 DECEMBER 20 TUES, 26 JANUARY 21
ACTING 3 SEMESTER START MID-SEMESTER BREAK SEMESTER FINISH
O WEEK, WED, 27 JANUARY 21 START FINISH THURS, 24 JUNE 21
MON, 1 FEBRUARY 21 FRI, 9 APRIL 21 SUN, 18 APRIL 21
SEMESTER BREAK BREAK START BREAK FINISH
FRI, 25 JUNE 21 SUN, 18 JULY 20
ACTING 4 SEMESTER START MID-SEMESTER BREAK SEMESTER FINISH
MON, 19 JULY 21 START FINISH FRI, 10 DECEMBER 21
FRI, 24 SEPTEMBER 21 SUN, 3 OCTOBER 21
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Course calendar for students commencing in February 2021.
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COURSE CALENDAR – STUDENT INTAKE 2021
10130NAT ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF ACTING FOR CONTEMPORARY SCREEN MEDIA
ACTING 1 SEMESTER START MID-SEMESTER BREAK SEMESTER FINISH
O WEEK, WED, 27 JANUARY 21 START FINISH THURS, 24 JUNE 21
MON, 1 FEBRUARY 21 FRI, 9 APRIL 21 SUN, 18 APRIL 21
SEMESTER BREAK BREAK START BREAK FINISH
FRI, 25 JUNE 21 SUN, 18 JULY 20
ACTING 2 SEMESTER START MID-SEMESTER BREAK SEMESTER FINISH
MON, 19 JULY 21 START FINISH FRI, 10 DECEMBER 21
FRI, 24 SEPTEMBER 21 SUN, 3 OCTOBER 21
SEMESTER BREAK BREAK START BREAK FINISH
SAT, 11 DECEMBER 21 MON, 24 JANUARY 22
ACTING 3 SEMESTER START MID-SEMESTER BREAK SEMESTER FINISH
O WEEK, TUE, 25 JANUARY 22 START FINISH THURS, 23 JUNE 22
MON, 31 JANUARY 22 FRI, 8 APRIL 22 SUN, 17 APRIL 22
SEMESTER BREAK BREAK START BREAK FINISH
FRI, 24 JUNE 22 SUN, 17 JULY 22
ACTING 4 SEMESTER START MID-SEMESTER BREAK SEMESTER FINISH
MON, 18 JULY 22 START FINISH FRI, 9 DECEMBER 22
FRI, 23 SEPTEMBER 22 SUN, 2 OCTOBER 22
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