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Diploma of Arts (Acting) 10259NAT

Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) 10260NAT

Applications are open for the 2018 intake! Enquire Now

There are many different ways to start a career in acting, and one of the best is to gain a Diploma or an Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) from the Sydney Theatre School.

These are nationally-recognised qualifications in Acting, with exclusive training in both stage and screen disciplines that are highly sought-after in the industry. Each course is delivered separately over one year.

Candidates will normally complete the one year Diploma program first, and then have the option to continue on to a second year of training to complete their Advanced Diploma.

Students that have completed a Diploma-level program at another institution or who can demonstrate equivalent competencies through RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) may be granted direct entry into the Advanced Diploma program.

Our full-time program gives you the opportunity to learn directly from some of Australia’s finest performing arts teachers, with an intensive program that’s designed to bring out the best in you.

We’ll teach you essential industry skills in…

  • Acting for stage and screen
  • Voice (including singing)
  • Movement (including dance)
  • Plus Historical, Theoretical and Technical theatre elements

Right from the start of your course, you’ll be involved in performances and productions for the paying public (as well as industry professionals) so you’ll have every chance to shine on stage.

Enquire Now For The 2018 Intake Enquire Here

Course Outcomes

The  outcomes  of  the  Diploma  of  Arts  (Acting)  are  consistent   with  the distinguishing  features  of  an  AQF  level  5  qualification  under  the  Australian Qualifications Framework. 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

Term Dates for 2018

TERM ONE: 29 Jan – 4 May

TERM TWO: 14 May – 18 Aug

TERM THREE: 27 Aug – 30 Nov

Class Times for 2018

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8.45am to 6.00pm

PLEASE NOTE: Students are expected to devote approx. 12-16 hours to off campus private study per week.

Production Schedule

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:


TERM 1: Text-based Scenes
TERM 2: Devised Production
TERM 3: Australian Theatre and Shakespeare Scenes


TERM 1: Shakespeare Play
TERM 2: Musical Theatre or Classical Play
TERM 3: 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 the course, graduates are equipped with the experience and vocational skills to play a significant role in the performing arts. Graduates of the Advanced Diploma are eligible to join the M.E.A.A. (formally Actors Equity).

Fully Accredited Acting Courses

Nationally Recognised

The Diploma of Arts (Acting) 10259NAT and Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) 10260NAT are nationally-recognised qualifications approved by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

Guaranteed Agency Representation

Every graduate of the Advanced Diploma program will be offered a place on the books of our affiliated actor’s agency Sydney Creative Management (subject to meeting registration criteria and satisfactory on-going performance). Details about the agency can be viewed on the website here: SYDNEY CREATIVE MANAGEMENT

Tuition Fees

FEES for 2018 Diploma Course*:

Deposit on Acceptance of Offer: $1,000 (non-refundable)

Term Payments: $5,000 per term x 3 terms (due in advance each term)

TOTAL COURSE COST: $16,000 (GST free)

*Fees for the Advanced Diploma program may be different and will be published at a later date.

Financial Assistance


Student Loans

We have formed partnerships with two fully accredited finance providers that specialise in assisting with the funding of Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses.


Study Loans is Australia’s first dedicated private student loan provider.

Once you have auditioned and been offered a place in any of our three accredited courses, we can take you through the easy process of checking your eligibility for finance through Study Loans. The full cost of the Diploma course (excluding the $1,000 deposit) will then be paid to us in three “tranches” (terms) as long as you successfully progress through the course. Further details can be found on their website or just give us a call and we can explain how it works.


We can now offer you the ability to invest in your future through flexible payment plans from MacCredit. Specifically designed for students wanting to take their careers to the next level, MacCredit provides flexible payment plans for your education so you can focus on what’s really important – taking the next step in your career!



  • Flexible payment options to suit your budget and personal circumstances
  • Finance with no deposit and no upfront fees
  • Payment plans of up to 7 years
  • Fast and efficient approvals through an online application process
  • Approvals in as little as 24 hours


Terms & Conditions:

Speak to MacCredit for a formal quote based on your circumstances and for the full terms and conditions. A full credit and financial assessment will be completed prior to acceptance of any offer or product.


Sydney Theatre School does not provide finance or financial advice. Finance advertised is offered by MacCredit. The information provided here is general only and is not specifically tailored to your own objectives, financial situation or needs. The information here is correct at the time of publication to the best of our knowledge.

MacCredit – Credit Representative 484002 is authorised under Australian Credit license 389087

Further Course Information


Entry Requirements

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.


  • Print out and fill in the application form below AND
  • Schedule a free audition appointment using the calendar below and bring the form with you on the day


Application Closing Date

The closing date for applications has been extended due to popular demand until Friday 2nd February 2018. All applications received by the application deadline will receive an audition place. Late applications may be considered if course places are still available.

Audition Dates

Auditions and interviews for 2018 can be booked online now. Please select your preferred audition date and time below:

We look forward to your audition and have outlined the following requirements to help you prepare for it.

Monologue Selection

Please visit our resources section and download a copy of our Audition Piece Suggestion Guide to review some of the School’s suggested performance pieces.


After the audition, selected applicants will be asked to undertake a short interview. Here, you will have the opportunity to talk us through your commitment to a career in the performing arts industry and ask any questions you may have about the course.

Video Audition

Auditions are conducted at the school in Sydney, Australia. If you’re not able to be in Sydney for the audition you may submit an audition by video (via MP4 file; Youtube or VIMEO etc). Simply email us a link to the video (including both monologues and a brief chat to camera about yourself) via info@sydneytheatreschool.com when completed.


While we appreciate that a passion for the arts knows no age limit, we do require that all applicants be aged 17 years or above by the commencement of the course.

The minimum age for enrolment is 17 years.

Language Literacy and Numeracy Requirements

The applicant must be academically suited to the course. This means that:

  • the applicant satisfies all entry requirements for the course set out in the audition/interview procedure
  • the applicant satisfies one of the following requirements:

The applicant provides a copy of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education that has been awarded by an agency or authority of a State or Territory for the student’s completion of year 12, or both OR

The applicant is assessed as displaying competence at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy, and

STS reasonably believes that the student displays that competence.

To display competence at or above Exit Level 3 in the ACSF the applicant must complete the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test provided by STS. The testing process will be conducted with honesty and integrity.

The results of the testing will be reported to the student as soon as practicable after the assessment and will be retained by STS for at least 5 years.

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 90% of all classes each semester. Attendance at less than 90% of all classes (for any reason) is deemed insufficient for students to achieve the minimum level of competency required to successfully complete a unit.

Credit Transfer

The Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) qualifications will provide credit towards the Bachelor of Dramatic Arts degree at Excelsia College. Credit may also be granted towards suitable degrees at other universities or institutions. Please contact us for more information regarding these arrangements.

Policies and Procedures

STS has a range of policies and procedures in place to support students that can be accessed below:

Term Term Period 2018 Timetable Course Units Location Accreditation



29 Jan – 4 May

14 May – 18 Aug

27 Aug – 30 Nov

Weekdays from
8.45am to 6.00pm.

Comprising three full days in-class plus a recommended 14 hours of self-directed and non-supervised off campus activities per week. Some nights will also be required for performances.

14 Units (Modules) of Study Chippendale, Sydney  

Diploma of Arts (Acting) 10259NAT





29 Jan – 4 May

14 May – 18 Aug

27 Aug – 30 Nov

Weekdays from
8.45am to 6.00pm

Comprising three full days in-class plus a recommended 14 hours of self-directed and non-supervised off campus activities per week. Some nights will also be required for performances.

12 Units (Modules) of Study Chippendale, Sydney Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) 10260NAT
CUSOHS301A Follow occupational health and safety procedures -DIP
ACTDCA501A Develop comprehensive acting skills -DIP
ACTDCB501A Develop comprehensive discipline in body and voice -DIP
ACTDCP501A Develop comprehensive performance skills -DIP
ACTEDT501A Explore dramatic theory, history and literature -DIP
ACTDBT501A Develop basic technical theatre skills -DIP
ACTRCA501A Refine comprehensive acting skills -DIP
ACTRCB501A Refine comprehensive discipline in body and voice -DIP
ACTRCP501A Refine comprehensive performance skills -DIP
ACTEDR501A Explore drama from the Restoration to the 20th century -DIP
ACTDAA501A Develop advanced acting skills -DIP
ACTDAB501A Develop advanced discipline in body and voice – DIP
ACTACP501A Apply comprehensive performance skills to productions – DIP
ACTEAD501A Explore and write Australian drama – DIP
AACRAA601A Refine advanced acting skills – ADV
AACRAB601A Refine advanced discipline in body and voice – ADV
AACAAP601A Apply advanced performance skills to productions – ADV
AACEDL601A Evaluate dramatic literature and write for academic purposes – ADV
AACDPA601A Develop professional acting skills  – ADV
AACDPB601A Develop professional discipline in body and voice – ADV
AACAPP601A Apply professional performance skills to productions  – ADV
AACCAE601A Critically evaluate the performing arts industry  – ADV
AACRPA601A Refine professional acting skills  – ADV
AACRPB601A Refine professional discipline in body and voice  – ADV
AACAIP601A Apply industry standard performance skills to productions  – ADV
AACCEC601A Critically evaluate world cinema  – ADV
Take your first step towards a succesful career in acting with an accredited course from Sydney Theatre School!