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 six 13-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 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 1 PITCH PROJECT / SHORT FILM 3
PRODUCTION 2
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 FEBRUARY 2019
10130NAT ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF ACTING FOR CONTEMPORARY SCREEN MEDIA
ACTING 1
SEMESTER START
O WEEK, TUES, 29 JANUARY 19
MON, 4 FEBRUARY 19
MID-SEMESTER BREAK
FRI, 12 APRIL 19 – SUN, 21 APRIL 19
SEMESTER FINISH
THURS, 27 JUNE 19

SEMESTER BREAK
FRI, 28 JUNE 19 – SUN, 21 JULY 19

ACTING 2
SEMESTER START
MON, 22 JULY 19
MID-SEMESTER BREAK
FRI, 27 SEPTEMBER 19 – SUN, 6 OCTOBER 19
SEMESTER FINISH
FRI, 13 DECEMBER 19

SEMESTER BREAK
SAT, 14 DECEMBER 19 – SUN, 26 JANUARY 20

ACTING 3
SEMESTER START
MON, 13 JULY 20
MID-SEMESTER BREAK
FRI, 18 SEPTEMBER 20 – SUN, 27 SEPTEMBER 20
SEMESTER FINISH
THURS, 3 DECEMBER 20

SEMESTER BREAK
FRI, 4 DECEMBER 20 – SUN, 31 JANUARY 21

ACTING 4
SEMESTER START
MON, 1 FEBRUARY 21
MID-SEMESTER BREAK
FRI, 9 APRIL 21 – SUN, 3 OCTOBER 21
SEMESTER FINISH
FRI, 25 JUNE 21

 
COURSE CALENDAR FOR STUDENTS COMMENCING IN FEBRUARY 2020
CUA51015 DIPLOMA OF SCREEN AND MEDIA
ACTING 1
SEMESTER START
MON, 13 JULY 20
MID-SEMESTER BREAK
FRI, 18 SEPTEMBER 20 – SUN, 27 SEPTEMBER 20
SEMESTER FINISH
THURS, 3 DECEMBER 20

SEMESTER BREAK
FRI, 4 DECEMBER 20 – SUN, 31 JANUARY 21

ACTING 2
SEMESTER START
MON, 1 FEBRUARY 21
MID-SEMESTER BREAK
FRI, 9 APRIL 21 – SUN, 3 OCTOBER 21
SEMESTER FINISH
FRI, 25 JUNE 21

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COURSE CALENDAR FOR STUDENTS COMMENCING IN FEBRUARY 2021
10130NAT ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF ACTING FOR CONTEMPORARY SCREEN MEDIA
ACTING 1
SEMESTER START
O WEEK, TUES, 9 FEBRUARY 21
MON, 15 FEBRUARY 21
SEMESTER FINISH
THURS, 13 MAY 21

SEMESTER BREAK
FRI, 14 MAY 21 – SUN, 30 MAY 21

ACTING 2
SEMESTER START
MON, 31 MAY 21
SEMESTER FINISH
THURS, 26 AUGUST 21

SEMESTER BREAK
FRI, 27 AUGUST 21 – SUN, 12 SEPTEMBER 21

ACTING 3
SEMESTER START
MON, 13 SEPTEMBER 21
SEMESTER FINISH
THURS, 9 DECEMBER 21

SEMESTER BREAK
FRI, 10 DECEMBER 21 – SUN,

ACTING 4
SEMESTER START
MON,
SEMESTER FINISH
THURS,

SEMESTER BREAK
FRI,  – SUN,

ACTING 5
SEMESTER START
MON,
SEMESTER FINISH
THURS,

SEMESTER BREAK
FRI,  – SUN,

ACTING 6
SEMESTER START
MON,
SEMESTER FINISH
THURS,

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