Certificate of Theatre & Screen (Acting)

Want a career in Acting but can’t train full-time?

An intensive forty-week program of part-time acting study through performance and production-based training.

With our Certificate of Theatre and Screen (Acting) program, we’ll give you practical training in all aspects of stage and screen acting with an intensive part-time program (six hours per week) conducted through rehearsal and performance over four modules.

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 three separate performances, each directed by a different director / teacher to broaden your experience and put your skills literally ‘into play’. The course is perfect for anyone who has completed a beginners’ acting course and wishes to take their skills to the next level.

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

Enquire Now for the 2018 Certificate Program



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.


  • 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


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 each term (except Term 2 which is dedicated to screen acting and there is no public performance).

Course Structure

The course is delivered part-time (six hours per week) over four modules/terms of ten-weeks duration each. There is no obligation to complete more than one module. A Certificate of Theatre and Screen (Acting) is awarded only after completion of all four modules. The dates and times for 2018 are as follows:


TERM 1: 10th February – 14th April 2018

TERM 2: 28th April – 30th June 2018

TERM 3: 14th July – 15th September 2018

TERM 4: 29th September – 1st December 2018


Saturdays from 10.00am to 5.00pm

Course content

TERM/MODULE 1: Advanced Acting Technique

This core module is about the process and skill of acting. In this module 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 module will conclude with an on-stage performance in front of an invited (and public) audience.

TERM/MODULE 2: Acting for Film and Television

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/MODULE 3: Shakespeare in Performance

This module is about acting in classic Shakespeare scenes. Students will develop particular acting skills as they apply to classical texts. They will be designated a role within the performance company based on type and ability, and on their work in the preceding units. This module takes place within the context of a performance company that simulates the working environment and conditions of a professional performance company. Students undertake this module within realistically imposed artistic, business and financial constraints.

TERM/MODULE 4: Performing a Play

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 10.


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

Course Requirements


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 are advised to meet with the Managing Director or Course Enrollment Manager prior to enrollment to ensure the course is suited to your needs.

All students must be at least 17 years of age at the start of the program.


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.


  • Print out and fill in the application form below AND
  • Schedule a free consultation using the calendar below and bring the form with you on the day OR
  • Simply email the application form via info@sydneytheatreschool.com or post to PO Box 267 GLEBE NSW 2037


All applicants are invited to attend an interview with STS Managing Director, Mark Matthews prior to enrollment however this is not compulsory. The interview will take place at 45 Chippen St Chippendale. Skype or phone interviews may also be arranged by request. Please schedule your preferred date and time below:


TUITION FEE PER TERM/MODULE: $550 (inc. GST) non-refundable deposit on acceptance of offer. Balance of $825 (inc. GST) is payable in advance prior to the first class.

TOTAL FEE PER MODULE = $1,375 (inc. GST).

Affordable weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments plans are also available through Ezypay. Information will be provided by request.

TOTAL COURSE TUITION FEE (ie four modules): $1,375 x 4 = $5,500 (inc. GST)**

*Please Note: A 10% discount ($550) will apply if total course fees are paid in full prior to enrollment making the total cost just $4,950 (inc GST) for all four modules. Once the course or module has started there is no refund in the event of a student’s withdrawal (voluntary or otherwise). If payment is made for one module only there is no obligation to continue the program and no obligation to pay for remaining modules.

This is a non-accredited course designed to develop and enhance the skills and experience of participants. A Certificate of Theatre and Screen (Acting) is awarded on completion which does not form part of the Australian Qualifications Framework.