DEVELOP YOUR CREATIVE HABIT


COURSE SUMMARY

Qualification / AwardCUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media
Length1 year full-time (2 semesters)
Units of Competency15 Units of Competency
DeliveryOn Campus at Waterloo Studios
Available toDomestic / International
ATARN/A
Course AccreditationCRICOS (107217E)
Financial InformationCourse Fees Page
IELTSLevel 6.5
Application ProcessApply Online

The Diploma of Screen and Media is a foundational acting course that will provide you with the skills required to begin your development as an actor. The Diploma is a one-year course; completed over two 20-week semesters, four days per week.

This acting course course provides the foundational skills and knowledge required to perform as an actor, in a wide variety of contexts in the contemporary screen and electronic media industries. This includes work in television, film, special effects performance, web-projects and voice-over.

Throughout this intensive year of training, you will above all develop your creative habit; whilst cultivating strong skills in core acting techniques, voice, movement, working with text, research and improvisation. Throughout your training, you will identify your existing strengths as an actor, your areas for improvement, and gain the appropriate tools and exercises to take your acting to the next level of performance.

Parallel to your acting and skills classes, you will also undergo training in Technology Craft – a subject which explores the actor’s relationship to all personnel involved in production and post production. The emphasis of this training is on the integration of technical and creative abilities to develop your skills in camera operation, lighting and sound – giving you the capacity to conceive, write, and produce your own creative work.

Throughout the Diploma, students will work within all aspects of screen performance. In the highly competitive film and performance space, actors must be versatile and even more multi-skilled to sustain a career. This course thus prepares our students for that reality.


UNITS OF COMPETENCY

To successfully complete the CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media qualification, you must complete 15 units of competency. The units are outlined in the table below:

 
UNITS OF COMPETENCY
  
 CUAAIR412REFINE ON-AIR PRESENTATION TECHNIQUES  
 CUACAM411SHOOT DIFFERENT SCREEN CONTENT  
 CUACAM412SHOOT SCREEN CONTENT IN A MULTI-CAMERA ENVIRONMENT  
 CUACAM511SHOOT MATERIAL FOR SCREEN PRODUCTIONS UNDER SPECIAL CONDITIONS  
 CUAIND412PROVIDE FREELANCE SERVICES  
 CUAIND512ENHANCE PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE USING CREATIVE ARTS INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE  
 CUAMWB403PREPARE TO WORK WITH CONFRONTING MATERIAL AND PROCESSES IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES  
 CUAPOS411EDIT DIGITAL CONTENT FOR FAST TURNAROUND   
 CUAPPM512REALISE PRODUCTIONS  
 CUAPPR411REALISE A CREATIVE PROJECT  
 CUAPPR415DEVELOP AND DISCUSS IDEAS FOR OWN CREATIVE WORK  
 CUAPPR512DEVELOP SUSTAINABILITY OF OWN PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE  
 CUAPPR515ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN SAFE CREATIVE PRACTICE  
 NAT10923003APPLY A RANGE OF ACTING SKILLS TO SCREEN AND MEDIA PERFORMANCE  
 NAT10923005DEVELOP VOCAL SKILLS FOR SCREEN MEDIA AND LIVE PERFORMANCE  

COURSE STRUCTURE

YEAR ONE
 
SEMESTER 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   
      
 
SEMESTER 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 
  PRODUCTION 1 PLAY PRODUCTION 1 
    LONG-FORM IMPROVISATION EXERCISE 
    ENSEMBLE MOVEMENT PERFORMANCE 
    SHORT FILM 1 
    ENSEMBLE VOICE PERFORMANCE 


ACTING PROFESSIONAL SKILLS BASE 

From a professional skill base point of view the skills you will acquire during the CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media acting course will be:

  • Act for television, stage, film and current innovative screen and media technologies
  • Perform voice-over work, presenting, narration, commercials, corporate/educational/life style presentations
  • Undertake special effects work for innovative screen and media technologies such as green screen and physical animation character work
  • Be prepared for actual Industry practice and protocols
  • To have a clear sense of the skills and knowledge required to maintain and develop a career as an actor
  • Produce a number of media projects utilising skills in cinematography, editing, screenwriting and sound

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.


ACTING COURSE CALENDAR

COURSE CALENDAR FOR STUDENTS COMMENCING IN FEBRUARY 2022

CUA51020 DIPLOMA OF SCREEN AND MEDIA


ACTING 1
SEMESTER START
O WEEK, MON, 7 FEBRUARY 22
MON, 14 FEBRUARY 22
CENSUS DATE – 3 MARCH 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
CENSUS DATE – 16 JUNE 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
CENSUS DATE – 29 SEPTEMBER 22
 
SEMESTER FINISH
FRI, 9 DECEMBER 22
 
COURSE CALENDAR FOR STUDENTS COMMENCING IN JANUARY 2023

CUA51020 DIPLOMA OF SCREEN AND MEDIA


ACTING 1
SEMESTER START
O WEEK, MON, 23 JANUARY 23
MON, 30 JANUARY 23

CENSUS DATE – 20 FEBRUARY 23

MID SEMESTER BREAK – FRI, 7 APRIL 23 – SUN, 16 APRIL 23

CENSUS DATE – 1 JUNE 23

SEMESTER FINISH
THURS, 22 JUNE 23

SEMESTER BREAK
 
FRI, 22 JUNE 23 – SUN, 16 JULY 23
 

ACTING 2
SEMESTER START
MON, 17 JULY 23
 

CENSUS DATE – 20 SEPTEMBER 23

MID SEMESTER BREAK – FRI, 22 SEP 23 – SUN, 1 OCTOBER 23
 
SEMESTER FINISH
THURS, 7 DECEMBER 23

 
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