10197NAT Certificate IV in Acting for Stage and Screen
Looking for a serious acting course?
WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
This course is perfect for:
You must be at least 16 and have completed your Year 10 certificate.
In special circumstances there may be flexibility on these entry requirements.
Is there any upper age limit? No. (The oldest person to complete one of these courses was 72!)
You can study this course full-time (3-4 days per week over one semester) or part-time (1-2 nights per week, depending on your availability, over 1-2 years).
We have one intake in February and one in July each year.
WHAT DO I STUDY?
In this course you study units in acting technique, voice and movement, and industry skills.
By studying units in acting technique, you will develop a process for preparing for a role. Learn how to mine a text for clues to create a character, work with listening-response techniques, and then set about applying those techniques in a stage or screen context. Ever seen a wooden actor on stage or screen? That's not what you want to be. Our aim is to move you towards memorable, believable performances through special methods taught by our trainers, who are all professional actors.
Units you'll study:
CUAACT401 Use a range of acting techniques in performance
SASCHA401 Use text to create character
CUAPRF410 Develop on-camera performance skills
SASSTA401 Apply stage performance technique
THE ACTOR'S INSTRUMENT
The 'actor's instrument' refers to the voice and body: it's what the actor uses to communicate. If you want longevity as a performer, your instrument needs to be in tune. In Movement you'll explore your physicality through a blend of fitness, movement technique, and non-verbal communication skills. In Voice you'll work on developing vocal resonance, projection and articulation, adapting them to your performance space (whether that's stage or screen).
Units you'll study:
SASPHY401 Expand physical vocabulary
SASVOC401 Increase vocal capacity
The professional actor needs more than technique alone: you need industry information. How do you find a job? Win a role? Manage yourself in a professional setting? Know who to talk to if you have a problem while on set? These questions and more are answered in your industry skills units. You'll learn how to engage in professional dialogue, audition for a role, practise industry etiquette, and monitor workplace health and safety issues. These skills prepare you for your first steps into the industry.
Units you'll study:
CUAPRF304 Develop audition techniques
SASCON401 Acquire and integrate knowledge of performance contexts
SASPRA401 Apply principles of professional practice
YOUR TUTORS INCLUDE...
How Do I APPLY?
To apply for this course you will need to register online to attend a course information session, drama workshop and interview (these all take place on the same day).
At this session we will explain the course to you in detail, and you'll have opportunity to ask questions. (This runs for about 20 minutes.)
Next, we'll run you through some drama games and activities to evaluate your suitability for the course. No preparation is needed for the drama workshop. (This runs for about one hour.)
Then you'll have an interview with a couple of our teachers, where you get to tell us more about why you'd like to do the course and what you hope to get out of it. (Your interview runs for about 10-15 minutes, but you may have to wait your turn while we work through all the applicants present on the day.)
The info session/ drama workshop takes place at CADA, 11 Whyalla St, Fyshwick ACT 2609.
AFTER I COMPLETE THIS COURSE, WHAT'S NEXT FOR ME?
WHERE ARE YOUR GRADUATES NOW?
Check out our graduates' page to get an idea of some of their projects.
According to a recent survey of our alumni, our graduates have been employed in:
What are the employment prospects for actors generally, I hear you ask? Check out our blog posts here and here.
This course runs on campus in Canberra at Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art. Apply on this page to study in Canberra.
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