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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; regular voice classes and an introduction to a variety of movement techniques form the basis of the initial studies. The first Semester also includes an introduction to aspects of the performing arts landscape and features of the current live theatre, film and television industries.

In the Second Semester, students begin a concentrated study of text work which also forms the basis of the work in the first half of the Second Year.

The Second Year, develops the skills and techniques of devising original work are introduced and students are given regular opportunities to experiment with a range of content and styles as one way of informing acting choices and promoting original problem-solving skills. Acting for the screen, rehearsal techniques for stage and the demands of public performance are also introduced in this period.

The focus in the Third Year of the course is on preparation for entering the Industry. Advanced Screen acting and audition techniques, refinement of live performance skills and the development of performance-creation and presentation methods are all directed towards career building following graduation. The presentation of an Acting Showcase (for live performance) and a Show-reel (for the screen performances) ensures that the work in the course is seen locally and nationally by a wide range of agents and Industry figures.

The course runs over three years and eligible students may be able to get VET Student Loans, capped at $16,077 per student (2021), Youth Allowance and Austudy assistance to support them in their studies.

Download 2021 Aus/nz prospectus here
Download 2021 INTERNATIONAL Prospectus here

 

Our 2022 prospectus is coming in May and will be available for immediate download. If you would like us to send it to you when available, please complete your details via the linked form below.

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2021 Information:

Duration: 3 years (22 contact hrs per week) between 9 am-6 pm Monday to Friday.

Fees 2021: $31,950.00 (paid over 3 years)

Funding Support: Vet Student Loan (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 2021: All auditions will be conducted via video in the first instance for international, interstate and local students. Audition submissions can be sent at any time from September onwards. View the full audition process here. All places will be finalised by late January 2021. On rare occasions, and if a place becomes available, we may accept applications after this date – contact drama@nationaltheatre.org.au if you are interested beyond this date.

Term 1 begins on Monday 1 February 2021. All students are expected to attend an orientation day in the week prior to this. 

Location: National Theatre , St Kilda, Melbourne.

2021 Information:

Duration: 3 year full-time, 30-35hrs a week (Some evening performance work may be required)

Duration: 3 years full-time, 30-35hrs a week (Some evening performance work may be required)

Fees: $34,950.00 (paid over 3 years)

Funding Support:  Scholarships may be available in certain circumstances.

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 the 2021 intake, all auditions will be conducted via video in the first instance for international, interstate and local students. Audition submissions can be sent at any time from September onwards. View the full audition process here. All places will be finalised by late January 2021. On rare occasions, and if a place becomes available, we may accept applications after this date – contact drama@nationaltheatre.org.au if you are interested beyond this date.

Term 1 begins on Monday 1 February 2021. All students are expected to attend an orientation day in the week prior to this. 

Location: National Theatre 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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