Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts (Acting)

National Code: 10906NAT
TAFE SA Code: AC00118


Find your future as a professional actor with this Advanced Diploma. Designed to fit your lifestyle, the course begins as a four-day a week commitment. This gives you greater flexibility to work and reflect as you begin your studies; it also reduces the financial commitment. Take the time to develop your stage craft and increase your confidence as you study and grow as an actor. The workload gradually increases in intensity through the course. Become immersed in the professional world of acting in your final year so you are ready to step out into your new career on the stage or on screen.

Please note: admission to this course is based on audition. See the important information tab below for more details.

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30 months 

Full Time


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Course Admission Requirements

  • Satisfactory performance in an audition
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by audition score.

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Entry Recommendations

  • You will be contacted with audition details and dates after you apply.
  • You will participate in physical training that requires a good level of fitness to complete.

Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
Four days a week gradually increasing in time and intensity throughout.

Industry Conditions and Skills
We recommend that you consider your skills and abilities in observation, communication, behavioural and social skills, motor and cognitive skills as well as the course assessment requirements before applying.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
It is recommended that you are able to buy tickets to attend live and industry performances.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 30 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
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Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes


    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

    Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts (Acting) (10906NAT)
    Each year is dedicated to specific skills and outcomes. The first year focuses on personal preparation and process and is a rigorous and enlightening process of discovery. The second year focuses on performance development and consolidation. With foundation skills in place, the second year is a chance to explore and experience the demands and the power of live performance. The final year focuses on industry alignment and refinement. The final six months is dedicated to knowledge of, and initiation into, the professional arena. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 30 core units.

    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.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Core

    Name Nominal Hours
    Analyse and use effective screen acting techniques 55
    Apply advanced principles of physical performance 35
    Apply the fundamentals of physical performance 105
    Create a character and devise monologue for performance 40
    Create a physical and vocal performance 110
    Create and explore a character mask for an acting performance 16
    Create and explore a personal mask for an acting performance 35
    Develop and apply the fundamentals of acting technique for performance 215
    Develop detailed acting in rehearsal and performance 180
    Develop detailed vocal techniques for various voice and acting performance 245
    Develop screen acting techniques 175
    Develop skills for an acting and performance laboratory 55
    Develop the fundamentals of mask performance 20
    Develop the fundamentals of performance from various periods in history 35
    Develop the fundamentals of physical performance 135
    Develop the fundamentals of singing for performance 20
    Develop the fundamentals of vocal performance 145
    Develop vocal techniques for a complex voice and acting 80
    Examine and interpret performance from various periods in history 18
    Interpret and use playwright language to reveal and release meaning and dramatic action 40
    Prepare and present an animal study 20
    Prepare for an acting audition 20
    Prepare for and complete a detailed and prolonged acting scene 18
    Rehearse and perform a classic theatre project 142
    Rehearse and perform a complex text project 95
    Rehearse and perform a complex theatre project using 142
    Rehearse and perform a devised scene 115
    Rehearse and perform a scene 95
    Rehearse and perform monologues and scenes in a showcase presentation 142
    Use improvisation for performance and character creation 70
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