Course details

CRICOS course code: 103336H

Level of study: Pathways to Undergraduate


The Advanced Diploma of Acting (course code 10884NAT), updated for 2021, is a nationally-accredited, full-time, vocational-training course that aims to prepare students for professional careers as actors and performance-makers in theatre, film, television and new media.

Working closely with a range of experienced Industry professionals students undertake a rigorous and highly-integrated program of skills training while also working autonomously to further nurture and develop their talent. Students are expected to continuously maintain and refine their professional goals, demonstrate a strong commitment to themselves and their chosen art-form and work with passion and engagement to realise their full potential.

The First Year of the course focuses primarily on the physical and vocal development of the performer; regular voice classes and an introduction to a variety of movement techniques form the basis of the initial studies. The First Semester also includes an introduction to aspects of the performing arts landscape and features of the current live theatre, film and television industries.

In the Second Semester students begin a concentrated study of text work which also forms the basis of the work in the first half of the Second Year. Also in this Second Year the skills and techniques of devising original work are introduced and students are given regular opportunities to experiment with a range of content and styles as one way of informing acting choices and promoting original problem-solving skills. Acting for screen, rehearsal techniques for stage and the demand s of public performance are also introduced in this period.

The focus in the Third Year of the course is on preparation for entering the Industry. Advanced Screen acting and audition techniques, refinement of live performance skills and the development of performance-creation and presentation methods are all directed towards career building following graduation. The presentation of an Acting Showcase (for live performance) and a Showreel (for the screen performances) ensures that the work in the Course is seen locally and nationally by a wide range of agents and Industry figures.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
11,650 Per Year
Read moreTuition Fee; 35,997.00 (paid over 3 years); Enrolment fee: 200
Feb 2023 3 years
Full time
National Theatre Melbourne
20 Carlisle Street (cnr Barkly St)
Melbourne Victoria 3182

Entry criteria

Entry requirements: Students must be 18 years or over by the 1st of January the year their studies commence. Students must have completed Year 12 High School or equivalent.

English Requirements
The National Theatre Melbourne courses are delivered in English.
Students must be able to demonstrate they have achieved an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) of level 5-5 or TOEFL score of 46 or above (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam in their home country to prove their English language proficiency.

Acceptance is by audition only.

Students must meet all requirements and pass all units of competency in each subsequent year to obtain the qualification.


National Theatre Melbourne
20 Carlisle Street (cnr Barkly St)
Melbourne Victoria 3182
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