Arts & Design

Performing Arts

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Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting)

Study pathway:
Duration Up to 36 months Full Time
National Code10260NAT
TAFE SA CodeAC00045
Course TypeAccredited Course
Course UnitsView Units
Example Career ProfileActorActor
FacultiesArts and Design
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Campus Locations for Course Delivery

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Campus/Delivery SATAC
Application Study Mode Study Load
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Adelaide College of the Arts904303Apply Now On CampusFTDay Only

Course Admission Requirements (for Competitive Applications)

  • Satisfactory performance in an audition


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Selection criteria is only used when there are more applicants for the course than places available. Applicants will be ranked in the following order:

  1. Audition score

Course Notes & Special Requirements

  • Applicants are required to attend an audition. Please contact 8463 5000 for more information or to book.
  • Please note that fees listed are for the Advanced Diploma only. Please contact campus for Diploma fees.

How to Apply

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Note: You must be an Australian Resident to apply for this course. For International Students please visit International Courses.

Employment Outcomes

Most commonly, graduates work as professional actors in all areas of theatre, film, television, and related industries. More generally, people who train as actors end up in a myriad of rewarding careers, both inside the theatre and related industries, including teaching and community work. This is because studying acting is studying humanity—one’s own, and other people’s—and this tends to make acting graduates deeply intuitive, sensitive, and emotionally intelligent people with the skills to improvise a career in various fields.

Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

Qualifications & Skills Covered

Diploma of Arts (Acting) (10259NAT)

Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) (10260NAT)
The Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) covers five broad disciplines:

  • First year begins with an emphasis on the ways that acting is like life.
    In second year, this is disrupted by accepting that in order for acting to become art, it needs to embrace the artificialities of stage & screen-the fiction, style, and collaboration with writers & directors.
    This emphasis on the actors’ collaboration sustains the third year of the course, with a focus on repertoire-building, stretching skills & artistic horizons
  • The movement practice teaches the ability to synthesise physical spontaneity & discipline, inspiration & technique, instinct & knowledge to bring to the body a state of readiness for acting.
    The first year begins with the exploration of physical possibilities & expression through formal exercises & informal creativity.
    The second year has more emphasis on specific movement ‘arts’ like stage-fighting, dance for musicals, physical theatre & placing those arts into the context of a scene, a play, a production.
    The physical dichotomy of reality & artificiality continues to be refined in the third year through the theatre-making processes & productions
  • Spoken voice training provides the skills required for athletic voice use in live performance & the discrete skills of voice use for film & television, as well the skills to use the voice effectively in all facets of daily life.
    The focus is on both craft & artistry, with vocal health the underpinning principle
  • The performance units of first year allow access to a wide range of teachers of acting & theatre-making.
    In second & third year, performance units make way for production units.
    Rehearsals for shows run from 2.00-6.00pm every day for the first half of each term, then full-time.
    Productions are created within an intense ‘production house model’, which means that you will work alongside students from our other course disciplines including stage managers, designers, lighting and sound technicians – all lead by professional directors
  • Contextual studies cover a range of areas that create a context for the intensive study of acting.
    This includes history of theatre & acting, different genres of dramatic literature, dramaturgy, play-writing & performance studies, industrial structures, processes, & expectations of professional actors, grant writing & screen studies.

Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full Qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

Credit Transfer

Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses.

Find other TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting)

UniversityUniversity CourseTotal Units in Uni CourseCredits GrantedGuaranteed AdmissionDetails
Flinders UniversityBachelor of Creative Arts (Drama)10854Details
University of AdelaideBachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship7236YesDetails


This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's WorkReady initiative.

To access subsidised training through WorkReady, your suitability to complete the qualification will be assessed. This may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment.