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Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) 10260NAT

(incorporating the Diploma of Arts (Acting) 10259NAT qualification)

Applications are open for the 2017 Course Intake! Apply Now

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

This is a nationally-recognised qualification in Acting, with exclusive training in both stage and screen disciplines that are highly sought-after in the industry.

Students enrol in the Advanced Diploma course only which is currently delivered over three years of full-time training. The Diploma qualification is embedded into the three year course and only issued to students who leave half way through the program having successfully completed all units up to that exit point.

Candidates 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 at the appropriate level.

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

By the second semester of your course, you’ll be involved in full-scale 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 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

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:

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

SEMESTER 4: Shakespeare Play
SEMESTER 5: Musical Theatre or Classical Play
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 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 Course

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). 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.

The Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) program 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 Course information

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:

FEES & VET Fee-Help Census Dates for 2017:

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 notify the school in writing (email or letter) and attend an exit interview with the Managing Director if possible.

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. 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.

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 Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) qualification 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.

Semester Term Period 2017 Timetable Course Units Location Accreditation
Semester 1 23rd January to 31st March (10 Weeks)
10th April to 18th June (10 Weeks)
Monday to Friday
8.45am to 6.00pm.

Comprising 24 hours in-class plus 14 hours of self-directed and non-supervised off campus activities per week. Some nights will also be required for performances.

6 Units (Modules) of Study Chippendale, Sydney Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) 10260NAT
Semester 2 3rd July to 8th
September (10 Weeks)18th September to 26th November (10 Weeks)
Monday to Friday
8.45am to 6.00pm

Comprising 24 hours in-class plus 14 hours of self-directed and non-supervised off campus activities per week. Some nights will also be required for performances.

4 Units (Modules) of Study Chippendale, Sydney Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) 10260NAT
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
Take your first step towards a succesful career in acting with an accredited course from Sydney Theatre School!