DEVELOP YOUR CREATIVE HABIT


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 three 13-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 CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media qualification, you must complete 15 units of competency. The units are outlined in the table below:

 
UNITS OF COMPETENCY
  
 BSBCMM401MAKE A PRESENTATION  
 BSBCRT401ARTICULATE, PRESENT AND DEBATE IDEAS  
 BSBCRT402COLLABORATE IN A CREATIVE PROCESS  
 BSBCRT501ORIGINATE AND DEVELOP CONCEPTS  
 CUACAM401SHOOT A WIDE RANGE OF SCREEN CONTENT  
 CUADRT502DIRECT PERFORMERS FOR SCREEN PRODUCTIONS  
 CUAIND401EXTEND EXPERTISE IN SPECIALIST CREATIVE FIELDS  
 CUAIND502MAINTAIN AND APPLY CREATIVE ARTS INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE  
 CUAPOS401EDIT SCREEN CONTENT FOR FAST TURNAROUND  
 CUAPPR405DEVELOP AND DISCUSS IDEAS FOR OWN CREATIVE WORK  
 CUAPPR502DEVELOP OWN SUSTAINABLE PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE  
 CUAPPR505ESTABLISH & MAINTAIN SAFE CREATIVE PRACTICE  
 CUARES402CONDUCT RESEARCH  
 SCRAAS603APPLY A RANGE OF ACTING SKILLS IN SUSTAINED PERFORMANCES FOR CAMERA  
 SCRVSA605DEVELOP AND INTEGRATE VOCAL SKILLS FOR SCREEN ACTING  

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 IMPROVISATION FOR 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 
    SCENEWORK ON CAMERA


ACTING PROFESSIONAL SKILLS BASE 

From a professional skill base point of view the skills you will acquire during the CUA51015 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 2021

CUA51015 DIPLOMA OF SCREEN AND MEDIA


ACTING 1
SEMESTER START
O WEEK, TUES, 9 FEBRUARY 21
MON, 15 FEBRUARY 21
CENSUS DATE – 4 MARCH 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
CENSUS DATE – 17 JUNE 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
CENSUS DATE – 30 SEPTEMBER 21
 
SEMESTER FINISH
THURS, 9 DECEMBER 21