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Diploma of Theatre and Screen (Acting)

Advanced Diploma of Theatre and Screen (Acting)

Applications are now open for the 2022 intake and will close when all places have been filled!


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
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.

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 2022

  • TERM ONE: 1st February – 30th April
  • TERM TWO: 17th May – 13th August
  • TERM THREE: 30th August – 26th November

Class Times


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


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


TERM 1: Shakespeare Production

TERM 2: Fringe Festival Production (Sydney and/or Edinburgh Fringe Festival)

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 Diploma program who accepts the offer a place in the second year Advanced Diploma can join the books of our affiliated actor’s agency Sydney Creative Management and start auditioning for professional work. Details about the agency can be viewed on the website here: SYDNEY CREATIVE MANAGEMENT

Tuition Fees

FEES for 2022 Diploma Course*:

Deposit on Acceptance of Offer: $2,200 inc. GST (non-refundable)

Followed by either:

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


Fortnightly Payments: $495 per fortnight x 20 inc. GST (plus direct debit fees via bank or credit card)


Weekly Payments: $248 per week x 40 inc. GST (plus direct debit fees via bank or credit card)

TOTAL COURSE COST VIA PAYMENT PLAN (per year): $12,100 (inc GST)*

PLEASE NOTE: The $2,200 deposit will be waived if upfront 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.

  • The program offers over 700 hours of training at approx. $17 per class hour

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.

DISCLAIMER: 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. MacCredit – Credit Representative 484002 is authorised under Australian Credit license 389087

Further Course Information

Entry Requirements

Candidates for the course will be required to attend a group (or solo) audition in person at our venue in Chippendale OR send a video of their monologue via email. The audition will comprise one (1) monologue from a play or film of their choice. The monologue should be no more than 3 minutes duration.

Applications Are Now Open for the 2022 Intake!


Live auditions are held at our studios in Chippendale on Saturday afternoons at 2.00pm (approx. 60 minutes duration) from October to December 2021. Simply click the link below to book your preferred date.


If you are unable to audition in person you may submit a video of your monologue at any time and we can also arrange and audition via ZOOM. You will not be disadvantaged in any way if you choose either of these options. Simply click the link below for information on how to prepare and submit the video audition.


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.

In person (group or solo) auditions are held every Saturday afternoon at 2.00pm OR by appointment on other days and times.

You may instead submit an audition by video (via MP4 file; Youtube or VIMEO etc). Simply email us a link to the video (including the monologue and a brief chat to camera about yourself) via info@sydneytheatreschool.com when completed.

Restrictions 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.

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