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Bachelor of Arts (Acting)

Course code Y93

Produces graduates who are fully-equipped to enter the theatre and screen industry, and focuses on the development of knowledge and skills in the performing arts, with particular emphasis on specialist areas pertinent to acting.

The course provides a practical and theoretical approach to acting in theatre, film, television and other contemporary performance contexts. Subjects available to be studied include: Acting, Movement, Dance, Music, Voice, Performance History, Critical Analysis, Professional Practice, Screen Studies and Screen Acting.

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

Y93

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $6,700

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Duration

3 years full-time

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Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

Y93

CRICOS code

078476G

Fees

International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $31,950

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

3 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

See Course Details for further information.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

Applications for this course are not accepted through ECU's Experience Based Entry Scheme.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ACT1001Introduction to Acting15
ACT1002The Role of the Actor15
ACT1003Foundations of Movement for an Actor15
ACT1004Discovering the Performer's Voice15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ACT1005Acquiring Basic Acting Skills15
ACT1006Integrating the Skills of the Actor15
ACT1007Movement for the Actor15
ACT1008Words and the Body15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ACT2001The Actor in Ensemble15
ACT2002The Dynamic Actor15
ACT2003Extending Vocal Knowledge15
ACT2004Approach to Shakespeare and Heightened Text15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ACT2005The Actor in Performance15
ACT2006The Embodied Actor15
ACT2007Dynamic Voice15
ACT2008Extending and Exploring Acting Techniques Through Character and Screen15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ACT3001The Professional Actor15
ACT3002The Creative Physical Actor15
ACT3003Professional Voice15
ACT3004Acting for Screen30

Note: ACT3004 Acting for Screen is a full-year unit.

Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ACT3005Professional Preparation and Audition Technique15
ACT3006Acting for the Stage15
ACT3008Showcase15

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

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Course notes

Important course notes

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts and genres to the rehearsal, production, technique, performance, management and evaluation of theatre ensemble productions.
  2. Analyse the relationship between movement and acting in diverse contexts to successfully communicate knowledge and ideas in a variety of intentions and actions.
  3. Apply and evaluate principles of sustainability and global perspectives in problem solving related to creation, the exploitation of intellectual property and other issues relevant to creative industries.
  4. Apply innovation through the development of original products, using information, numeracy and technology literacy skills.
  5. Collaborate in the production of works of creative expression for public display with the ability to evaluate team processes and outcomes.
  6. Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of the theory, and methods encompassing the fundamental aspects of drama, acting, and theatre required for professional actors.
  7. Demonstrate cross-cultural awareness, including awareness of Australian indigenous culture in relation to the creative industries, including the development and interpretation of media, design and visual culture.
  8. Demonstrate methods and philosophies of acting through creative resourcefulness to judge plan, solve problems and make decisions in auditions, rehearsals and performances.
  9. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning through reflective analysis of performances in rehearsals and technical aspects throughout the performance season.
  10. Exercise critical thinking and judgement to identify and solve problems related to the research, rehearsal, development, and management of collaborative performance projects through effective preparation and performance.
  11. Review, analyse, and synthesise knowledge to adapt vocal use for a variety of acoustic environments or demonstrate intentions through movements to engage audiences.

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $6,700 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $31,950 *

* International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

Possible future job titles

Actor, Entertainer, Performer

Student
stories

  • "WAAPA was the best possible place for me to learn about the craft of acting"
    WAAPA graduate, Shalome Brune-Franklin.
    Shalome Brune-FranklinWAAPA Acting graduate

    I was able to learn from some of the best teachers and directors in the country. I entered an incredible creative community and was inspired constantly by my classmates and the performances I witnessed whilst studying there.

    I was challenged every single day, but most importantly, I was shown a way forward into the industry that meant I could actually turn my dreams into a reality. For that, I cannot thank WAAPA enough for giving me the start I so desperately wanted.

  • "Not only does WAAPA have a great reputation among the industry, but you don't quite realise how great the training is until you are able to apply it in a professional context"
    George Pullar
    George PullarWAAPA Acting graduate

    Those three years dedicated to honing my skill set gave me a steady confidence and foundation to build on.

  • "WAAPA is so rigorous, it prepares students to handle pretty much anything"
    Harry Richardson
    Harry RichardsonWAAPA Acting graduate

    Being able to study in the safe environment of WAAPA gave me the opportunity to be able to fail miserably and learn from it – plus it was such fun each week getting to see mind-blowing dance performances, glorious musical theatre and the grooviest jazz because it inspires you to pour more into your craft.

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