Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts (Acting)

National Code: 10906NAT
TAFE SA Code: AC00118


This course is a response to the pressures and realities of the age, and the difficulties people experience training in the intense way that acting demands. The course begins as a three-day a week commitment for first year students, then gradually increases in intensity. This means a lesser financial burden, more time to earn money, more time for family and friends, and more time to breathe and reflect on the work of the course.

Acting audition details are listed under the Important Information tab below.

Example Career Profile
Print Course Page
Up to 30 months 

Full Time

Actor Actor

Locations & Applications

Campus / Location
Study Mode
Study Load

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
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 30 month course

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee

Student Services Fee (SSF) applies. Full-time student $20. Part-time student $10.

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.

    • TAFE SA will contact you with audition details and booking dates once you apply. Please email enquiry@tafesa.edu.au if you are not contacted within 5 business days after applying.
    • Audition will be held on Friday 24 September and Monday 13 December 2021 and Friday 14th January 2022. Details will be advised after you apply.
    • To access subsidised training you will also be required to undertake the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA).
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

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

    Read More

    Payment Plan

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

    Read More

  • 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 find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2020 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
Back to Top