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The Diploma of Screen and Media is a foundational acting course that will provide you with the skills required to begin your development as an actor. The Diploma is a one-year course; completed over two 20-week semesters, four days per week.

This course provides the foundational skills and knowledge required to perform as an actor, in a wide variety of contexts in the contemporary screen and electronic media industries. This includes work in television, film, special effects performance, web-projects and voice-over.

Throughout this intensive year of training, you will develop your creative habit; cultivating strong skills in core acting techniques, voice, movement, working with text, research and improvisation. Throughout your training, you will identify your existing strengths as an actor, your areas for improvement, and gain the appropriate tools and exercises to take your acting to the next level of performance.

Parallel to your acting and skills classes, you will also undergo training in Technology Craft – a subject which explores the actor’s relationship to all personnel involved in production and post production. The emphasis of this training is on the integration of technical and creative abilities to develop your skills in camera operation, lighting and sound – giving you the capacity to conceive, write, and produce your own creative work.

Throughout the Diploma, students will work within all aspects of screen performance. In the highly competitive film and performance space, actors must be versatile and multi-skilled to sustain a career. This course prepares our students for that reality. To successfully complete the CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media qualification, you must complete 15
units of competency. The units are outlined in the table below:


FIRST SEMESTER

ACTING FOUNDATION SKILLS

Acting 1 prepares students to act in a screen based media (TV, film etc.) environment. Students will undertake core acting training; foundation voice, movement, improvisation, script analysis, research, and the development of the individual creative process.

Studies will involve an exploration of the actor’s relationship to all personnel involved in production and post-production. Lines of authority, protocols, documentation, professional language and collaborative work practices are key topics.

Students will also undertake camera and broadcast production work. At this stage the emphasis is on the integration of technical, creative and learning personal preparation processes (for future castings and performance).

During Acting 1, all students undertake exercises which explore Work Health and Safety.


SECOND SEMESTER

ACTING INDIVIDUAL AND ENSEMBLE SKILLS

Acting 2 continues training in acting, voice, movement, improvisation, script analysis, research, and the development of the individual creative process. The semester also introduces writing for film, presenting and the development of presenting personas to further extend and broaden the abilities of the students.

Studies involve a more detailed exploration of the actor’s relationship to all personnel involved in production and post-production. Lines of authority, protocols, documentation, professional language and collaborative work practices are key topics. Special attention is paid to critical personnel who will shape and impact a student’s future performances (e.g. directors, DOPs, editors).

Students will also undertake more detailed camera and broadcast work including coverage, shot composition, lenses, close/mid/long shot, reverses, continuity, cheats, hand held camera, lights, hitting marks, locations, audio technologies. At this stage the emphasis is on the integration of technical, creative and learning personal preparation processes (for future castings and performance).



Acting Professional Skills Base

From a professional skill base point of view the skills you will acquire during the CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media will be:

  • Act for television, stage, film and current innovative screen and media technologies
  • Perform voice-over work, presenting, narration, commercials, corporate/educational/life style presentations
  • Undertake special effects work for innovative screen and media technologies such as green screen and physical animation character work
  • Be prepared for actual Industry practice and protocols
  • To have a clear sense of the skills and knowledge required to maintain and develop a career as an actor
  • Produce a number of media projects utilising skills in cinematography, editing, screenwriting and sound

Learning objectives

  • Guided in a way that allows you to identify your creative assets so you can achieve maximum expression yet also allows you to undertake remedial work to effectively remove creative blocks, tensions or work patterns that may limit your professional development
  • Skills and knowledge training in line with actual industry practice. Our teaching/learning environment is constructed to provide you with real production studio experience; much of your classwork and assessments will be simulations of how things actually work in the industry and be done in ISA film, sound and editing studios in real time
  • Contract based: this means that you will undertake a contract with your instructors to enable you to better define goals, motivation, learning outcomes, management and planning skills

Entry Requirements and Application Submission

Applicants must have a suitable level of academic skills in order to study in a Diploma course.

To apply for this course you must complete our acting application. Shortly after you submit your application one of ISA’s friendly staff will be in contact with you to arrange your initial interview, tour and audition.

Please see our student entry procedures for more details.


ACTING COURSE CALENDAR

CUA51015 DIPLOMA OF SCREEN AND MEDIA

Course calendar for students commencing in February 2017.