10884NAT - ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF ACTING 2023
The Advanced Diploma of Acting (10884NAT) is a nationally accredited, full-time, professional training course that prepares students for careers as actors and performance makers in theatre, film, television and new media.
Students work closely with a range of Industry professionals undertaking a rigorous program of actor training. Over three years students develop practical techniques for resilience, physical and mental well-being, ethical practice, personal agency. Students are encouraged to work with passion and engagement, demonstrate a strong commitment to develop their own individual approach, and to continuously refine their professional goals.
First Year – Connecting
The first year is about learning to connect with and trust your own instincts, tune into your instrument and develop connections with your ensemble.
Movement and voice training will tune your awareness and facility for self expression. Movement techniques (including the Suzuki actor training method, Feldenkrais, and contact improvisation) will develop your physical sensitivity, presence, precision and power.
Linklater voice training will free your voice and extend your range and expression. You’ll explore realistic acting techniques through improvisation and scripted scenes.
Using techniques including Uta Hagen, find the character within yourself through improvisation and scene work. You’ll apply screen acting through self-taping techniques. You’ll engage with performance history through practical workshops. You’ll understand and articulate the historical and cultural context of texts you are engaging with.
The first year will culminate in two studio-based performances: a solo work and theatrical performance of a scripted text.
Second Year – Extending
Second year is focussed on extending into heightened performance forms, group devised work, screen acting technique and producing skills.
You’ll learn how to bring a sense of truth and authenticity to heightened forms. Movement will extend into heightened, stylised movement work, in voice classes you’ll learn how to master accents and go beyond your own speech patterns to extend your acting range. You’ll work with heightened poetic text from a range of historical and contemporary sources including Shakespeare and Ancient Greek theatre.
Through engaging with writing and performance making techniques, you’ll take your creativity to the next level. You’ll learn how to work with an ensemble to create a contemporary performance. You’ll work with industry experts in advanced screen acting technique in preparation for screen acting work in third year. You’ll develop practical skills to produce your own performance work including project management, budgeting and basic technical production.
Third Year – Honing
In your third year, you’ll prepare to embark on your professional career. Showreels and self-tapes, Mainstage performance with leading industry director. The year will culminate with a showcase performance, consisting of monologues and scenes designed to showcase your potential, that will be filmed and shared nationally with leading casting agents.
Throughout the year, you’ll be nurtured and mentored by performance making experts to develop a new work. This could be a new script, a cabaret, clowning or comic performance. You will share this work (or work in progress) in an in-house showing. Skills to apply for grants, festivals, venues, companies to take this work into the public.
You’ll graduate from the program with a series of professional headshots, showreels and self-tapes. Performance experience, and a new work.
Core Compulsory Units
|CUARES601||Research and apply concepts of live performance practice|
|NAT10884001||Demonstrate a range of body awareness techniques in performance related activities|
|NAT10884002||Demonstrate techniques to physically release the voice in performance related activities|
|NAT10884003||Explore techniques to enliven and embody text in performance related activities|
|NAT10884004||Explore the key elements of the theatrical experience|
|NAT10884005||Create performance pieces|
|NAT10884006||Produce, promote and present an original public performance|
|NAT10884007||Prepare, rehearse and perform stage plays for public performance|
|NAT10884008||Rehearse and perform for the camera|
|CUAIND412||Provide freelance services|
|CUAPRF314||Develop audition techniques|
|CUAWHS312||Apply work health and safety practices|
|HLTWHS006||Manage personal stressors in the work environment|