Advanced Diploma of Screen Acting
A two-year full-time comprehensive creative and technical screen acting program.
Open September 1st
The 10869NAT Advanced Diploma of Screen Acting covers the full spectrum of skills and training required to produce a high-calibre and professional screen actor. Based on the Roberts Method, the course mixes a strong academic element with a hard-nosed professionalism, providing total focus and immersion training in the skills and techniques required for screen acting to meet the demands of today’s industry. Please note VET Student Loans or FEE-HELP is unavailable for this course.
Structure & Curriculum
- Using camera and screen terminology
- Shot composition, coverage, lighting
- Cheating eye lines, movement, hitting marks
- Script continuity, prop continuity
- Developing the voice and spatial awareness
- Opening the channels of communication
- Principal personnel
- Production and post-production personnel
- Lines of authority
- Screen script analysis (including The Hollywood Three Act Structure)
- Screen acting methods and techniques
- Emotional continuity
- Actions in action
- Various accents
- Characterisation and adjustments
- Scene work
The first year curriculum is a demanding and inspiring process of discovery. In it students open the channels of communication, broadening range, developing the voice and spatial awareness, trusting instincts, understanding and embracing the reasons why screen acting is a vital and important component to the acting profession.
This course is specifically designed for film and television acting, therefore all class work is explored and performed on camera.
- Design, build, critique and assess character performances (the self and others)
- Voice and standard accent development to professional standards
- Confident application of acting tools on camera
- Proficient understanding of technical demands on set for screen actors
- Voice for screen
- Screen combat
- Audition technique
- Extended acting techniques
- Additional Dialogue
- CGI (green screen)
- Through-line continuity
- Film and Showreel shoot
- Theatre performance
- The business of acting, (type casting, aesthetics, marketing and promotion, budgets, finance, tax)
- Presenting (elective)
- Comedy (elective)
- Industry Showcase Presentation with casting consultants, directors, producers, and agents
The second year of the course will focus on refining screen acting techniques and exploring post-production and technical demands of a screen actor. Students will learn stagecraft and the business aspects of working in the film and television industry.
Students have the option to select an extended comedy technique or presenting elective.
- In depth proficiency in screen acting techniques
- Promotion and self-marketing skills
- Business management skills for actors
- Audition and screen test techniques
- Theatre performance acting techniques
- Showreel and final year film production
- Stage performance and networking at the Industry Showcase Presentation
Finesse your acting craft
Based on the “Roberts Method”, the 10869NAT Advanced Diploma of Screen Acting mixes a strong academic element with a hard-nosed professionalism. It provides total focus and immersion training in the unique skills and techniques required for screen acting to ensure that actors can meet the demands of today’s film and television industry.
The Roberts Method also emphasises a strong focus on the personal and boutique approach to acting. This ensures that each student is provided with the attention and guidance to finesse his or her acting craft to it’s full potential. The learning structure of this method also encourages the importance of social and team-based engagement – a necessary tool for actors in the workplace who are required to engage on-set with other professionals within the industry.
Overseen by Denise Roberts (Wonderland, Schapelle, The Moodys, Cliffy, Mrs Biggs, Packed To The Rafters, Blood Brothers, Always Greener), Screenwise employs the crème de la crème of industry professionals – award-winning actors, directors and casting consultants. Denise has been working as a professional Actor, Producer, Director, and Author for over 35 years. During this time Denise has picked up accolades at every stage of her career, including an AFI Award, an International Variety Club of Australia Award, an ACCTA Nomination, 4 Silver Logie Nominations plus more. Read more here.
Preparing actors for the workplace
Statistics from the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) show that 85% of an actor’s career-long income will be derived from television and film. With the majority of renowned acting schools in Australia focusing on theatre, Screenwise aims to give students the crucial skills and knowledge required to pursue a career in the film and TV industry. Throughout their studies students are given opportunities to collaborate with the next generation of film makers through collaborations with leading film and TV educations institutions like AFTRS and UTS.
10869NAT Advanced Diploma of Screen Acting students also begin their acting career from the moment they commence their studies – not after they graduate. Students are provided with opportunities by Screenwise to audition for professional productions alongside their studies. Wherever possible, Denise recommends her students to her personal contacts lists of Directors, Casting Agents and Production Companies. Diploma of Screen Acting alumni have enjoyed critical and commercial success working as actors, voiceover artists, as well as directors and producers across the film and television industry.
Quality skills training as a screen actor in Australia has become increasingly difficult to access. Economically and socially disadvantaged students are most affected, and will be faced with numerous barriers in pursuit of a career as a professional Film and TV Actor. Many young and talented Australian actors may never achieve their goals as a consequence. Somewhere across our nation another Hemsworth or Kidman may never reach their potential as a professional Film and TV Actor.
Screenwise has dedicated over two decades of screen acting training and has facilitated thousands of actors at our studios. Numerous Screenwise Alumni have continued on towards great success in Australia and across the globe throughout that time. The Founder’s Scholarship is a tribute that honours all of our students who have shared our passion for our Film and Television industry, and a promise to tomorrow’s next great Australian actor.
Screenwise and its Founder and CEO Denise Roberts sought to do their part as one of Australia’s key benefactors behind Australia’s Screen Acting Industry today by offering educational support to one of Australia’s most talented and promising actors year-on-year. The Screenwise Founder’s Scholarship was realised as our pledge to discover and support the next generation of great Australian actors.
Supporting Australian Actors
The Screenwise Founder’s Scholarship offers one two-year full-time scholarship to study the 10869NAT Advanced Diploma of Screen Acting. Valued at $35,000 The Founder’s Scholarship covers tuition fees for the 10869NAT Advanced Diploma Screen Acting Program over the complete course of two years. Tuition Fees also include production of the Scholarship recipient’s Showreel and Industry Graduation Showcase upon completion of the program. In addition to full subsidisation of tuition fees, the successful applicant will receive extended mentoring from Screenwise Founder and CEO Denise Roberts throughout their studies. Find out more here.
Initial applications open September 1st and close November 30th. Students can apply online on the Screenwise website, request an application form via email or pick one up at our studios in Surry Hills. Applicants must submit the application form as well as a copy of a one-minute film or TV monologue of their choice.
Callback auditions are held in front of an industry panel. Successful applicants will be contacted for a call back audition consisting of:
- An interview
- A one-minute film or TV monologue performed live to camera or by video conference
- A two-hander film or TV scene supplied by Screenwise performed live to camera or by video conference
Students will be assessed on their talent, aptitude, commitment and ability to take direction as well as their English, literacy and fitness levels.
Offers will be issued commencing December 2021.
Screenwise and the industry saw a drastic necessity for acting schools to look beyond just the creative side to the actor’s craft and see the big picture. Hence the Screenwise 10869NAT Advanced Diploma of Screen Acting.
Statistics from the Media Entertainment Arts Alliance show that 85% of an actor’s career-long income will be derived from film and television. With the majority of renowned acting schools in Australia focusing on theatre, Screenwise aims to give students the crucial skills and knowledge required to pursue a career in the film and television industry.
- A character speaking & externalising their thoughts so that the audience can witness what would otherwise be mostly internal or
- The character is using their speech to achieve a clear goal or
- A narrative monologue involving a character telling a story in the past tense or
- A character speaking to another person whom they are trying to affect.
- Applicants are required to perform and record to camera a 1 minute monologue of their choice
- Must be age appropriate to the applicant.
- Can be contemporary (modern) or classical.
- Must be from film or television (not theatre).
- Monologue recordings submitted via multi-media platforms (Vimeo, YouTube etc) must ensure the application video is set as unlisted, or private/password protected.
- Applicants have the choice of performing their monologue directly to camera or to another person slightly off camera.
- The camera angle for the monologue should be straight on to the applicant and in a tight mid shot (above chest similar to a headshot). Applicant’s face must be clearly visible and voice clearly audible.
- Background must be plain.
Screenwise cannot offer student accommodation, however in the past we have assisted interstate and overseas students by putting them in touch with those looking for share accommodation. Students also have the option of advertising over our data base and through our social networks. Information on Home Stay and other alternatives is also provided.
The 10869NAT Advanced Diploma of Screen Acting policies can be found here.