Q: Is the school a Registered Training Organisation?

A: Yes. We are approved by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to deliver accredited training and qualifications. Our RTO identification number is 91418.

Q: What is the closing date for applications?

A: Applications for 2018 are now open. The closing date for the Diploma of Arts (Acting) program is Saturday 16th December 2017.

Q: When will the auditions for 2018 courses be held?

A: Auditions for the Diploma of Arts (Acting) program 2018 are being from October until mid December or until all course places for 2018 have been filled.

Q: Is it possible to apply for more than one course?

A: Yes. You may apply for both the Diploma and Certificate courses on the one application but you only need to audition for the Diploma program. Simply tick your preferred course on the form and make a note in the ‘other relevant skills’ section that you would also like to apply for the other course. If you are made an offer for both then you will have the opportunity to choose which offer you wish to accept.

Q: What does the solo audition involve?

A: The audition starts with a brief chat. Following this, you will deliver your monologues. The audition panel may then ask you about your preparation and understanding of the pieces and may ask you to perform one or both of them in a different way. Following this, you will be interviewed in order to find out more about your background, experience and career ambitions and to answer any questions you may have about the program.

Q: Do you have an open day or information session?

A: Yes. There was an open day on Saturday 14th October. Prospective auditionees/students are welcome to contact us (via email or phone) to arrange a personal inspection of the school and meet with the staff and students at any mutually agreeable time. Weekdays during business hours or Saturday mornings are preferred for meetings but other times may be arranged if this is not suitable. There is a free introductory class and information session the week prior to each Beginner’s Course intake.

Q: Will I get an agent and acting work at the end of the Diploma course?

A: Many graduates have secured representation at the end of the course and some do so in the months and years after graduation. It depends on how hard you work and how persistent you are. If you work hard and listen to the advice you are given during your time with us and continue gathering training and experience after graduation it is likely that you’ll secure representation sooner or later. All graduates of the Advanced Diploma program are guaranteed a place with our affiliated actors’ agency Sydney Creative Management www.sydneycm.com.au

Q: Do I have enough experience or talent to gain entry to the program?

A: The main pre-requisites for acceptance onto the Diploma of Arts (Acting) program are: the ability to perform a short monologue; a positive attitude; a strong level of commitment and the determination required to pursue a professional acting career. Experience in high school drama; amateur theatre or a short beginner’s acting course is usually sufficient. The program is also suitable for those with more experience who want to hone their skills and showcase their work to the industry in high-quality productions directed by working industry professionals.

Q: What are the audition criteria?

A: Auditonees must prepare and perform two monologues (one Shakespeare). We are looking for the following qualities:

Thorough preparation –

  • The ability to create and sustain a character within an imagined world
  • Evidence of thought and feeling behind the actions and words
  • The ability to take direction
  • The ability to use the voice and body freely and flexibly
  • The ability to express thought and feeling through movement
  • Focus and concentration
  • Imagination and creativity

The audition will be conducted in a supportive and encouraging environment and you will have every opportunity to demonstrate your ability and commitment.

Q: I am mainly interested in film and TV acting – will this course help?

A: Most definitely. It’s best to gain as much stage experience as possible BEFORE going into a film and television acting career. The underlying principles of both performance styles are similar, but the delivery and execution of the performance are vastly different. The demands of stage acting require a lot of work on the voice and body and this is best done as soon as possible (i.e. prior to starting a film career). Also, most actors find that they need to be as versatile as possible and open to employment opportunities across as many genres as possible. Not many are able (or willing) to say they are only interested in film and TV work. In fact, most actors derive much more satisfaction from the immediacy of stage acting and the connection with an audience than they do from working in film and television. All of our courses also include extensive training and experience in screen acting and the completion of a showreel scene.

Q: I already have lots of experience in amateur theatre – how will this course benefit me?

A: While some experience in amateur theatre may be a valuable asset in the early stages of your career, it will only take you so far. Amateur credits are not highly regarded in the professional arena, and often you are working with directors and fellow actors who are only doing it as a hobby. This can mean you will often pick up and reinforce bad habits that will ultimately be harmful to your career prospects. The only way to progress and take your career to the next stage is to work closely with experienced professional directors and fellow actors with the same goals and commitment as you.

Q: How many students are usually in each class?

A: There is usually around 16 students in each acting class (we reserve the right to increase or change this number at any time before or during the program at our discretion).

Q: What is the age range and background of students?

A: The ages of students accepted into the program in the past has ranged from seventeen to early fifties. The bulk of students are in their late teens and early twenties and there is always a good balance of youth and maturity. All students will have demonstrated the required skills, attitude and commitment required to successfully complete the programme requirements and embark on an acting career on completion of the program.

Q: What are the course fees?

A: The fees for courses are listed on the individual course page. Fees for the Foundation Certificate and Diploma courses are also listed on the STUDENT FEES pdf document/s which can be found on the RESOURCES page of our website.

Q: Is it possible to get CENTRELINK or AUSTUDY assistance for any of your courses?

A: The Diploma of Screen and Media CUA51015 program does qualify students for AUSTUDY or YOUTH ALLOWANCE payments (subject to meeting income and certain other criteria).

The Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) courses DO NOT currently qualify students for AUSTUDY or YOUTH ALLOWANCE payments.

The one year part-time Certificate course does not have AUSTUDY or YOUTH ALLOWANCE eligibility.

Q: Can I qualify for a student visa if I enroll in one of your courses?

A: No. Our courses do not qualify participants for a student visa, however if you hold another visa such as a tourist or working holiday visa it may not affect your visa conditions. For information on visa go to www.immi.gov.au.

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