Actors looking to kickstart their career in Australia and across the globe should look no further than our nation’s most progressive and dynamic city. Acting classes in Sydney can aid a student’s proficiency in all facets of production and post-production within film and television. Screenwise was the first to recognise the need for a drama school specifically designed to teach the art of screen acting by offering current working industry professional actors, directors and technicians as it’s tutors.
Diploma of Screen Acting
Screenwise’s renowned Diploma of Screen Acting is Australia’s only government-accredited, two-year, full-time course. Students study for 20 hours a week, achieving proficiency on and off the set. Actors develop their on-screen acting techniques through immersion training, improvisation, learning to maintain emotional continuity and reading performances by other actors. Students study the most popular and advanced acting theories in classes led by top industry professionals. You’ll also examine the business side of the industry by looking at things such as contract negotiation, and self-marketing.
The Diploma of Screen Acting builds towards a final professional showreel and a major showcase performance watched by Australia’s top industry representatives, including directors, agents, casting directors and producers. The Diploma also offers students invaluable industry opportunities to collaborate with prestigious educational institutions such as AFTRS, UTS and various leading production companies.
Sydney at the Centre of the Screen
At the heart of so much of Australia’s film and television production, Sydney is full of networking possibilities and is a great place to evolve your career. Screenwise fosters and maintains links to the industry both regionally and internationally, allowing students the opportunity to build an essential network of contacts. We offer actors the chance to audition for professional productions alongside their studies.
Short Acting Courses
Screenwise provides Short Acting Courses, which target specific skills required in the acting industry and run intermittently throughout the year. These sessions are typically held on weekdays and weekends to suit actors in Australia who are unable to commit to studying full-time. Screenwise offers courses on improvisation, the American Accent, Presenting & TVCs, Masters Intensives and the Screenteens programme for those below 16. The right course in an area suited to an actor’s carer trajectory can expand the range of roles they are offered and make them stand out from the crowd.
Actors who can market themselves usually go furthest in the business in Australia, and professional showreels are a great start. Screenwise offers a high-intensity, part-time Showreel Course that allows actors to work with high-profile industry professionals to produce a high-calibre showreel. Actors are given the opportunity to work with current casting directors on audition etiquette and the demands of casting calls.
Corporate Presenting Toolkit
Communication is perhaps the most important skill in business, and Screenwise offers a Corporate Presenting classes designed to boost practical presenting competency. From board meetings to corporate presentations, business professionals in Australia need to communicate their objectives effectively and confidently. Students will refine their public speaking in front of the camera to allowing the teacher to mould an actor’s presentation style to suit their business or professional requirements.
Acting in Australia
The majority of Screenwise’s training takes place in-house in centrally located Surrey Hills at our modern studios equipped with all the latest in lighting, audio recording, and high-definition cameras. We maintain strict boutique class sizes, limiting intakes for the Short Acting Courses to 14 students in order to uphold our high benchmark for training. For actors who would benefit from one-to-one classes, we offer private tuition from our network of professionally trained instructors.
Screenwise has an enviable record among Sydney schools and nationwide for producing highly proficiency actors who have gone to achieve commercial success. Successful graduates include Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Isabel Lucas (Transformers), Stef Dawson (Hunger Games Mockingjay 1 & 2) and Ashleigh Cummings (Puberty Blues).