Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting)

Duration (incl. holidays)  weeks
Teaching Duration weeks
National Code10260NAT
Course TypeAccredited Course
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Example Career ProfileActorActor
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How to Apply

International Course - application process

If you are applying from onshore, generally, you will need to apply for an international course to TAFE South Australia at least two months before you want to start your studies in Australia. If you are applying from offshore it is highly recommended that you apply at least four months in advance.

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Note: You must be an International resident to apply for this course. For Australian residents please visit TAFE SA Courses.

Qualifications & Skills Covered

Diploma of Arts (Acting) (10259NAT)

Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) (10260NAT)
The Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) covers five broad disciplines: ACTING - 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; MOVEMENT - 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; VOICE - 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; PERFORMANCE/PRODUCTION - 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 - 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

You will only receive a joint offer for TAFE SA and University if you apply for a Packaged University Program. If the University course that you have selected is not part of a Packaged University Offers, you will need to apply separately to the University for your selected degree program.

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.

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Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting)

Credit Gained
UniversityUniversity CoursePointsTime Equiv.Details
Flinders UniversityBachelor of Creative Arts (Drama)54 points 18 months Details
University of AdelaideBachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship36 points 18 months Details
University of South AustraliaBachelor of Arts (Performing Arts)54 points 18 months Details


These course fees are for international students only.

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Overseas Health Cover

All overseas students are required to have Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) insurance for the entire duration of the course. The health cover rate will vary depending on the personal circumstances and duration of stay in Australia. Read more about Overseas Health Cover.

Additional Services

TAFE SA International offers an optional Arrival & Pick up and/or Accommodation Service. For further details please contact us.

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TAFE South Australia International

Level 1, 120 Currie Street
Adelaide, South Australia, 5000