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Diploma of Theatre and Screen (Acting)

Advanced Diploma of Theatre and Screen (Acting)

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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 Theatre and Screen (Acting) from the Sydney Theatre School.

These are industry-recognised courses 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 intensive program gives you the opportunity to learn directly from some of Australia’s finest performing arts teachers, with a course that’s designed to bring out the best in you.

We’ll teach you essential industry skills in…

  • Acting for stage and screen
  • Voice
  • Movement
  • Production and professional practice

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.

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Course Outcomes

The course ensures 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 2019

TERM ONE: 4th February – 4th May

TERM TWO: 20th May – 17th August

TERM THREE: 2nd September – 30th November

Class Times for 2019


  • Mondays from 10.00am to 6.00pm PLUS
  • Wednesdays from 9.00am to 1.00pm PLUS
  • Fridays from 10.00am to 6.00pm



  • Tuesdays from 10.00am to 6.00pm PLUS
  • Wednesdays from 2.00pm to 6.00pm PLUS
  • Thursdays from 10.00am to 6.00pm

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: Contemporary Text-based Scenes
TERM 2: Group-devised Production
TERM 3: Classical Text and Scenes


TERM 1: Shakespeare Production
TERM 2: Classical Theatre Production
TERM 3: Contemporary Production & Industry Showcase

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 actors’ agency Sydney Creative Management (see below).

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 2019 Diploma and Advanced Diploma Courses*:

Deposit on Acceptance of Offer: $1,100 inc. GST (non-refundable)

Monthly Payments: $990 per month x 10 months inc. GST (via direct debit or credit card payment)

TOTAL COURSE COST (per year): $11,000 (inc GST)

PLEASE NOTE: The $1,100 deposit will be waived if full payment of $9,900 (inc GST) is paid in advance prior to the start of the first class. No refund is available in the event of a student’s withdrawal (voluntary or otherwise) once the course has commenced.

Financial Assistance

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.

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Further Course Information

Entry Requirements

Candidates for the course will be required to attend an initial group audition. The audition will comprise one (1) monologue from a play of their choice. The monologue should be no more than 3 minutes duration. Selected students will then be invited to attend a separate solo call-back on another date (or the same day if necessary)  where they will have the opportunity to work on the audition monologue with one of our directors and there will be an interview with the Managing Director.



ALSO – print out and fill in the application form below



Bring the form with you to your group audition

Application Closing Date

Group auditions will commence on Saturday November 3rd 2018 and then continue throughout November. The final date for group auditions is Saturday 24th of November  2018. Audition dates will be allocated on a first-in first-served basis. Solo call-backs will be held in the last week of November and/or early December (depending on applicant availability). Late applications after the final group audition date may be considered if course places are still available.

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.

Callback and Interview

After the audition, selected applicants will be asked to a solo call-back (30 minutes duration). 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 enrollment is 17 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 term. 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. 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:

Take your first step towards a succesful career in acting with an accredited course from Sydney Theatre School!