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Full-time Program

10884NAT - Advanced Diploma of Acting

The Advanced Diploma of Acting (course code 10884NAT), updated for 2021, is a nationally accredited, full-time, vocational-training course that aims to prepare students for professional careers as actors and performance-makers in theatre, film, television and new media.

Working closely with a range of experienced Industry professionals students undertake a rigorous and highly integrated program of skills training while also working autonomously to further nurture and develop their talent. Students are expected to continuously maintain and refine their professional goals, demonstrate a strong commitment to themselves and their chosen art-form and work with passion and engagement to realise their full potential.

The First Year of the course focuses primarily on the physical and vocal development of the performer as well as the study of the elements of theatre. Regular voice classes, improvisation, and a variety of movement techniques prepare the actors’ instrument for the next stages of actor training. In the Second Semester, students begin a concentrated study of text analysis and scene presentations, from both Australian and American works; this work forms the basis of the work in the first half of the Second Year.

The Second Year develops the skills and techniques required for film, television and new media are introduced. Rehearsal techniques for stage and the demands of public performance are also introduced throughout this period, with the study of the classics such as The Greeks and Shakespeare. Movement and Voice classes are continued throughout this year. Two full productions are staged for public performance over the course of the year.

The focus in the Third Year is to bring all the elements of actor training together and prepare for entering the performing arts industry. Advanced screen acting and audition techniques, live performance skills and the development of performance-creation are all directed towards building a career following graduation. The presentation of an Acting Showcase (stage performance), a full scale Stage Play on The National Theatre main stage (stage performance), four Showreels (screen performances), and an original piece of theatre created in conjunction with a playwright (stage performance) ensures that graduates have four opportunities to be seen locally and nationally by a wide range of agents and key industry figures.

2022 INFORMATION:

Duration: 3 years (22 contact hrs per week on average) between 9 am- 5 pm, Monday to Friday.

Fees 2022: $32,910.00 (paid over 3 years) + $200 enrolment fee

Funding Support: Vet Student Loan (for eligible students only, limited at $16,077 per student in 2021) Youth Allowance, Austudy, ABStudy & Scholarship.

Entry Requirements: Entry requirements: Students must be 18 years or over by the 1st of January the year their studies commence. Students must have completed Year 12 High School or equivalent. Acceptance is by audition only. This course is open to international students. Students must meet all requirements and pass all units of competency in each subsequent year to obtain the qualification.

Auditions for 2022: Auditions will be conducted in the School’s studios in St Kilda for students living locally, and via video in the first instance for interstate and international students.

Audition submissions can be sent at any time from June onwards. Studio auditions will take place on Friday 9 July and also in November (exact date TBC) 2021.

All places will be finalised by mid-December 2021. On rare occasions, and if a place becomes available, we may accept applications after this date – contact office@nationaltheatre.org.au if you are interested after December. View the full audition process here.

Term 1 begins on Monday 31 January 2022 with a compulsory full-day Orientation Day. Actual classes begin in the week of February 7, 2022.

Campus Location: National Theatre, St Kilda, Melbourne.

2022 INFORMATION:

Duration: 3 years (22 contact hrs per week on average) between 9 am- 5 pm, Monday to Friday.

Fees 2022: $35,998.00 (paid over 3 years) + $200 enrolment fee

Funding Support:  Scholarships may be available in certain circumstances after completing 12 months of study.

Entry Requirements: Entry requirements: Students must be 18 years or over by the 1st of January the year their studies commence. Students must have completed Year 12 High School or equivalent.

English Requirements
The National Theatre Melbourne courses are delivered in English.
Students must be able to demonstrate they have achieved an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) of level 5-5 or TOEFL score of 46 or above (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam in their home country to prove their English language proficiency.

Acceptance is by audition only.

Students must meet all requirements and pass all units of competency in each subsequent year to obtain the qualification.

Auditions for 2022: Auditions will be conducted in the School’s studios in St Kilda for students living locally, and via video in the first instance for interstate and international students.

Audition submissions can be sent at any time from June onwards. Studio auditions will take place on Friday 9 July and also in November (exact date TBC) 2021.

All places will be finalised by mid-December 2021. On rare occasions, and if a place becomes available, we may accept applications after this date – contact office@nationaltheatre.org.au if you are interested after December. View the full audition process here.

Term 1 begins on Monday 31 January 2022 with a compulsory full-day Orientation Day. Actual classes begin in the week of February 7, 2022.

Campus Location: National Theatre, St Kilda, Melbourne.

Course Outline

Code

Title

 

CUARES601

Research and apply concepts of live performance practice

Core

NAT10884001

Demonstrate a range of body awareness techniques in performance related activities

Core

NAT10884002

Demonstrate techniques to physically release the voice in performance related activities

Core

NAT10884003

Explore techniques to enliven and embody text in performance related activities

Core

NAT10884004

Explore the key elements of the theatrical experience

Core
NAT10884005

Create performance pieces

Core
NAT10884006

Produce, promote and present an original public performance

Core

NAT10884007 

Prepare, rehearse and perform stage plays for public performance

Core
NAT10884008

Rehearse and perform for the camera

Core
CUAIND402

Provide freelance services

Core
CUAPRF304

Develop audition techniques

Core
CUAWHS302

Apply work health and safety practices

Core
HLTWHS006

Manage personal stressors in the work environment

Core
     
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