Sydney Theatre School invites you to take part in a program that has earned acclaimed recognition throughout the performing arts industry across Australia – the fully-accredited Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting).
The next intake for this course will be in January 2015 with auditions conducted from November 2014.
Applications are now open!
Offered full-time over three years, this outstanding course covers the essential skills required to work as professional actors in theatre, film, television and related industries including intensive study of acting for both stage and screen; voice (including singing); movement (including dance); and historical, theoretical and technical theatre elements. Theatre projects develop throughout the course leading to full-scale productions marketed to the public and industry professionals such as agents and casting directors in the third year.
The outcomes of the Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) are consistent with the distinguishing features of an AQF level 6 qualification under the Australian Qualifications Framework. The course achieves this by ensuring that graduates will have:
- The practical techniques and skills required to become professional actors
- An embodied knowledge of a wide range of historic and contemporary techniques and approaches to acting
- Personal resources professional knowledge and skills required for a career in the theatre, television, film and related industries
- The necessary individuality, self-sufficiency and empowerment to contribute to the profession of the future
- The inter-personal skills of team-building, conflict resolution and the development of positive and constructive relationships
- The personal and professional self-knowledge to guide a career intelligently
- The mindset of a healthy, community-focused artist
- Respect and high-regard for the audience
Unlike some acting & drama schools in Sydney, our students regularly perform in full-length productions (not just short scenes or excerpts from plays) in front of paying audiences in our new on-campus performance space. All productions are directed by industry professionals with many years of experience (see teachers’ biog page for full details) who also regularly work for major independent and professional theatre companies in Sydney and around the country.
The production schedule is as follows:
SEMESTER 1: Text-based and Devised Scenes
SEMESTER 2: Devised Production
SEMESTER 3: Australian Theatre and Shakespeare Scenes
SEMESTER 4: Shakespeare Play
SEMESTER 5: Musical Theatre Production or Showcase
SEMESTER 6: Contemporary Production/s plus Industry/Agents Showcase Performance
These production opportunities give students the opportunity to apply the skills; knowledge; values and attitudes gained in class in a practical, real-world environment that replicates a professional workplace as much as possible. Only doing class-work or scene-work does not provide for a fully-rounded and comprehensive learning experience.
On completion of this course, graduates are equipped with the experience and vocational skills to play a significant role in the performing arts. Graduates of this diploma are eligible to join the M.E.A.A. (formally Actors Equity).
The Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) 10260NAT is a nationally-recognised training course approved by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). Through recognition and the schools registration as a VET approved Nationally Recognised Training (NRT) institute, students may be eligible to apply for financial assistance through the Australian government VET Fee Help, Austudy, Abstudy and Youth Allowance. For more information please use our ‘Contact Us‘ section.
STUDY NOW – PAY LATER!
The Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) course is available to domestic students through the VET FEE-HELP program (VET Provider ID 7371)
VET FEE-HELP is a loan scheme for the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector that is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). VET FEE-HELP assists eligible students undertaking certain VET courses of study (diploma, advanced diploma, graduate certificate and graduate diploma courses). The scheme allows students to borrow funds up to their FEE-HELP limit to help pay for all or part of their tuition fees. Students who access VET FEE-HELP assistance will have a loan with the Australian Government who will, on the student’s behalf, pay their tuition fees to the approved VET provider (Sydney Theatre School).
Further information regarding the VET FEE-HELP scheme can be found here:
The following documents are also available and contain important information:
STS has a range of policies and procedures in place to support the VET FEE-HELP scheme, relevant policies can be accessed below:
- Academic Grievance Policy
- Non-Academic Grievance Policy
- Personal Information Policy
- Statement of VET Tuition Assurance
- Fair Treatment Policy
FEES & Census Dates for 2015:
The above schedule of fees relates to domestic students.
The Census Date is the date by which the Request for Commonwealth Assistance form must be submitted on or before for a student to be eligible to receive a VET FEE-HELP loan for that period of study. Optional up-front payments must also be made on or before the Census Date. The census date cannot be extended or changed under any circumstances. Students who wish to withdraw from the course prior to the Census Date are required to pay a $100 withdrawal fee and attend an exit interview with the Managing Director before their enrollment will be cancelled.
Candidates for the course will be required to attend an audition and interview. The audition will comprise two (2) monologues from a play of their choice – one contemporary and one Shakespeare. Each monologue should be no more than 3 minutes duration. Students may also be asked to improvise during the audition process and there will be an interview. Detailed preparation instructions, suggested audition pieces and audition assessment criteria will be provided to all applicants.
The minimum age for enrolment is 17 years. See “Fair Treatment Policy” above for other selection criteria.
Participation & Attendance
Due to the practical nature of the course, and the fact that all the subjects work on the notion of incremental growth, it is essential that students attend no less than 95% of all classes. Attendance at less than 95% of all classes is deemed insufficient for students to achieve the minimum level of competency required to successfully complete a module.
The Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) qualification will provide a 50% credit towards the Bachelor of Dramatic Arts degree at Wesley Institute. Credit may also be granted towards suitable degrees at other universities or insitutions. Please contact us for more information regarding these arrangements.
|Semester||Term Period 2015||Attendance Times||Course Units||Location||Accreditation|
|Semester 1||28th January to 3rd April (10 Weeks)|
13th April to 19th June (10 Weeks)
|Mon, Wed & Fri8.45am to 6pm||6 Units (Modules) of Study||Chippendale, Sydney||Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) 10260NAT|
|Semester 2||6th July to 11th September (10 Weeks)|
21st September to 27th November (10 Weeks)
|Mon, Wed & Fri8.45am to 6pm||4 Units (Modules) of Study||Chippendale, Sydney||Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) 10260NAT|
* All units are compulsory and students must therefore successfully complete all units to receive the award.
|CUSOHS301A||Follow occupational health and safety procedures|
|ACTDCA501A||Develop comprehensive acting skills|
|ACTDCB501A||Develop comprehensive discipline in body and voice|
|ACTDCP501A||Develop comprehensive performance skills|
|ACTEDT501A||Explore dramatic theory, history and literature|
|ACTDBT501A||Develop basic technical theatre skills|
|ACTRCA501A||Refine comprehensive acting skills|
|ACTRCB501A||Refine comprehensive discipline in body and voice|
|ACTRCP501A||Refine comprehensive performance skills|
|ACTEDR501A||Explore drama from the Restoration to the 20th century|
|ACTDAA501A||Develop advanced acting skills|
|ACTDAB501A||Develop advanced discipline in body and voice|
|ACTACP501A||Apply comprehensive performance skills to productions|
|ACTEAD501A||Explore and write Australian drama|
|AACRAA601A||Refine advanced acting skills|
|AACRAB601A||Refine advanced discipline in body and voice|
|AACAAP601A||Apply advanced performance skills to productions|
|AACEDL601A||Evaluate dramatic literature and write for academic purposes|
|AACDPA601A||Develop professional acting skills|
|AACDPB601A||Develop professional discipline in body and voice|
|AACAPP601A||Apply professional performance skills to productions|
|AACCAE601A||Critically evaluate the performing arts industry|
|AACRPA601A||Refine professional acting skills|
|AACRPB601A||Refine professional discipline in body and voice|
|AACAIP601A||Apply industry standard performance skills to productions|
|AACCEC601A||Critically evaluate world cinema|