Foundation Course (Acting)

Want a career in Acting but can’t put aside three years for an Advanced Diploma?

An intensive year of acting study through performance

With our Foundation Course in Acting, we’ll give you practical training in all aspects of stage and screen acting with an intensive one-year part-time program (six hours per week) conducted through rehearsal and performance.

As one of Australia’s most successful theatre schools, we know that practical experience through production-based training is the best way to learn and harness long-term skills in acting, voice, movement, improvisation and stagecraft. It’s what will provide the real-world skills you need to work in the industry.

Plus, you’ll also perform on-stage in front of a live audience in two separate performances, each directed by a different director / teacher to broaden your experience and put your skills literally ‘into play’.

Since 2005, hundreds of students have successfully graduated from this exciting course and some have continued on to secure agents and perform professionally.

Apply Now for the 2017 Foundation Course Intake

Philosophy

PRODUCTION-BASED TRAINING

The program is a unique concept for actor training in Australia. The course is production-based, meaning that students learn primarily by rehearsing and performing in front of an audience. This is the best and most effective way of laying the foundations for a professional acting career.

BENEFITS

  • Develop high-level skills in acting; voice; movement and improvisation
  • Gain a practical understanding of the skills required to pursue a professional acting career
  • Work along side like-minded individuals in a fun, supportive and creative environment
  • Network with industry professionals
  • Perform on-stage in scenes and plays directed by experienced professional directors

Process

The course is underpinned with relevant theoretical concepts and supplemented by specialist exercises when required. The process gives students the opportunity to learn by experience and to begin to develop professional knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that are required for employment in the theatre and entertainment industry. Students accepted onto the course perform on stage in our own fully-equipped theatre in front of public audiences at the end of Terms 1 and 3 (Term 2 is dedicated to screen acting and there is no public performance).

Course Structure

The course is delivered part-time (six hours per week) over one year and is divided into three twelve-week terms. There is a two-week break between each term. The dates and times for 2017 are as follows:

DATES:

  • Term 1: 30th January – 23rd April 2017
  • Term 2: 8th May – 30th July 2017
  • Term 3: 14th August – 5th November 2017

CLASS TIME OPTIONS:

You may choose one of the following weeknight or weekend options depending on your own availability and personal preference. It is possible to change groups from one term to the next, however once a term has commenced no changes are permitted.

OPTION 1: Mondays and Wednesdays from 6.30pm to 9.30pm

       OR

OPTION 2: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.30pm to 9.30pm

       OR

OPTION 3: Saturdays from 10.00am to 5.00pm

Course content

CORE UNITS

Term 1: Acting Technique and Improvisation

This unit is about the process and skill of acting. In this unit students will develop the technical and interpretive skills necessary to work as an actor. It will enable students to use exercises and techniques that can be applied in a range of vocational contexts. Students will also develop improvisational skills that can then be used in the acting and / or devising process. The unit will use practical workshop classes to develop students’ improvisational skills. These will mostly be teacher-led and structured, although the exploratory nature of the activities allows for a high degree of flexibility and creative variation from any set pattern. The term will conclude with an on-stage performance in front of an invited (and public) audience.

Term 2: Screen Acting

This module develops the skills required to act to camera. Learners will be introduced to the particular requirements of performing in a film and television context and the skills requirements of performing to camera. This unit requires learners to perform to camera and will use practical exercises to enable learners to develop their camera performance technique. Scenes from Australian and international television and film scripts will be used in rehearsal and performance. Learners will be familiarised basic production techniques and health and safety aspects. Learners will be encouraged to read, view and listen to a broad range of texts, screenplays and television and film performances for analysis of genre, approaches to acting and audience demands.

Term 3: Contemporary Theatre Performance

This unit is about the application of acting techniques to contemporary theatre texts. Students will be able to adapt and develop their acting skills using styles appropriate for plays written post 1950. A one-act contemporary play (or scenes from multiple plays) will be performed to a public audience in Week 12.

PERFORMANCES

Each performance/production is directed by a highly experienced and qualified teacher / director. The teacher is different for each term. Productions are staged over several nights in the final week of term, in front of a public audience.

Course Requirements

PRE-REQUISITES

Candidates should ideally have had some (basic) acting experience prior to entering the course, HOWEVER THIS IS NOT ESSENTIAL. There is no audition required, however you must attend an interview with the Course Director prior to enrolment to ensure the course is suited to your needs.

All students must be at least 17 years of age at the start of the course and must have finished secondary school.

COMMITMENT

We are looking for people who are enthusiastic, flexible and self-disciplined. The intensive nature of the course requires a mature, positive attitude and willingness to learn. The performing arts industry is very demanding and highly competitive. With this in mind, Sydney Theatre School requires that each student takes full responsibility for their own progress and development. It requires a full commitment in all aspects of the course including attendance, punctuality, participation, preparation and performance.

How To Apply

APPLICATIONS

  • Click pink APPLY NOW button to fill in the online application form (disregard the audition instructions) or
  • Download an Application Form from the RESOURCES page of this website and return via email or post or
  • Request an Application Form by emailing info@sydneytheatreschool.com or calling us on 1300 551 432

NOTE: All applicants will be required to attend an interview with the Course Director prior to enrolment. We will contact you by phone or email to arrange a suitable date and time.

Fees

APPLICATION FEE: NONE

NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT: $550 (inc. GST) payable within 7 days of offer of place (ie after attending an interview).

BALANCE OF FEES: 10 x monthly payments of $495 (inc. GST)*

TOTAL COURSE TUITION FEE: $5,500 (inc. GST)**

*Please Note: A 10% discount ($550) will apply if total annual fees are paid in full prior to enrollment. Once the course has started there is no refund in the event of a student’s withdrawal (voluntary or otherwise) and all remaining monthly fee installments must be paid (subject to our Terms of Trade conditions).

**VET Fee-Help is NOT available for this training program as it is a non-accredited program.

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