Course Overview


We are all well aware of how hard the film industry is and it’s getting harder all the time. Work is scarce and highly competitive. Budgets are low, schedules are tight and producers not only need talented actors, they also need technically efficient ones. With so many study options available, how can students choose the right program to benefit their creative and professional needs as an actor?

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 Diploma of Screen Acting. The Screenwise 10869 Advanced Diploma of Screen Acting is Australia’s only two-year, full-time, Government accredited course which offers students the most advanced acting theories and professional industry training today.

Could this be you in 2020? Our Students play an active part in sharing our story in and out of our studios. Each actor in our TVC is a proud Advanced Diploma Screen Acting Student currently studying at Screenwise. 


Based on the “Roberts Method”, the 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.

Students will undertake industry-standard film and television shoots including a professional Showreel and American Accent Showreel. The Advanced Diploma of Screen Acting 10869NAT culminates in a major showcase performance for Australia’s industry representatives including Agents, Directors, Casting Directors and Producers.

Throughout their studies, students are also exposed to rare industry opportunities and have collaborated with leading education institutions such as AFTRS and UTS, production companies including Tracks Post Productions and RKPix as well as Brendan Cowell’s stage play turned Screenplay Ruben Guthrie.


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 about Denise Roberts here.

Each tutor at Screenwise brings with them a lifetime of artistic and industry knowledge that has become indicative of the Roberts Method – valuing a need for the perfect measure between creative and business tools in order to navigate a successful career in acting within the Film and Television Industry.

It is due to their industry expertise and authority that students are also exposed to rare networking opportunities.


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.

Diploma of Screen Acting students being 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.

On screen our graduates have worked on a raft of local and international television and film productions including Jasper Jones, Unbroken, Australia Day, Ruben Guthrie, Pulse, The Secret Daughter, Home and Away, Hyde & Seek, Backtrack, Skinford, Deep Water as well as countless TV commercials.


The 10869NAT Advanced Diploma of Screen Acting is comprised of 14 Core Units including 1 Elective. The normal duration of this course is 1380 contact tuition hours delivered over a two-year full-time program. Applicants for the two-year full-time Advanced Diploma of Screen Acting 10869NAT must be 18 years at commencement date. To view the application process and requirements, please click here.

Screenwise is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO provider code 91699) and a member of the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA)

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