Advanced Diploma in Acting

The National Theatre


About the Course

The Advanced Diploma of Acting (course number 10073NAT) is a nationally-accredited, full-time, vocational-training course which aims to prepare students for professional careers as actors and performance-makers in theatre, film, television and new media. Graduates include Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows, 50 Shades Darker) Kat Stewart (Underbelly, Offspring, Tangle) Esther Hannaford (King Kong, Beautiful) Richard Cawthorne (Bikie Wars, Killing Time) Lawrence Mooney, Garaldine Quinn, Ngaire Dawn Fair.

The course runs over three years and eligible students may be able to get VET student Loans, capped at $10,000 per student and Austudy assistance to support them in their studies.

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. Also in this Second Year 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 screen, rehearsal techniques for stage and the demand s 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 Showreel (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.


How To Apply

Visit drama.nationaltheatre.org.au auditions for the application form



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