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10875NAT - Diploma of Screen Performance

Course code C75

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About this Course

This nationally recognised course prepares performers with a range of knowledge and skills to enter the performing arts industry as a screen performance actor for roles in television and film productions.

On successful completion of the course, students will have combined screen acting, storytelling, and industry practice into a tangible performance skill; acquired a basic knowledge of camera operation and script analysis in the context of screen performance; and understand the communication and pre-professional skills necessary to audition for and perform roles in television and film.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level

This course has been accredited by ECU as an AQF Level 5 Diploma Award.

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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1 year full-time

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Availability & Campus

Location Semester 1 Semester 2
Mount Lawley FT
South West
*FT = Full-time study PT = Part-time study


This course has a modified timetable. See Course Notes.

Course Entry

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

  • The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

    All applicants are required to attend an audition. Applicants must submit two different self-test auditions via a link, provide a one page personal statement, and a recent head shot. Additionally applicants must attend an interview. Short listed applicants will be interviewed either in person or by Skype if interstate. Additionally applicants must normally be turning at least 18 by 30th June the year of commencing the course. Alternatively applicants can provide some other form of evidence where the candidate demonstrates competence in screen, theatre performance, and/or acting skills at Certificate IV level.

    For more information, including guidelines for specific disciplines, please see our Interviews, folios and auditions web page.

    Academic admission requirements (Band 1) may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Completion of Year 10 or equivalent.
  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Year 10 English completion or equivalent.

Course Details

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Course Structure

Year 1 - VET Full
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAVOS312Develop vocal techniques for use in performance
CUAPRF412Develop conceptual and expressive skills as a performer
CUAPPM512Realise productions
CUAWRT402Write extended stories
CUAPPR512Develop sustainability of own professional practice
Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAAIR312Develop techniques for presenting to camera
NAT10875001Develop fundamental acting skills for film and television
CUAACT411Use a range of acting techniques in performance
CUAPRF511Refine performance techniques
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAPRF513Prepare for and perform in competitive environments
CUAPRF413Use different performance techniques
NAT10875002Develop specialised skills to perform for camera
CUAIND411Extend expertise in specialist creative fields
NAT10875003Develop audition techniques for screen and television
CUAPOS211Perform basic vision and sound editing
CUAPRF420Develop on-camera performance skills


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

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Course notes

Important course notes

  • Delivered weekday evenings, Saturdays, and during semester breaks.

Course learning outcomes

  1. Analyse and plan approaches to technical problems or management/performance requirements.
  2. Effectively demonstrate the concepts, skills and knowledge required by a screen actor in rehearsal, performance and studio work.
  3. Evaluate information, using it to review self or others performance and planning purposes.
  4. Have a thorough understanding of the concepts, skills and knowledge required by a screen actor.
  5. Self-directed application of knowledge and skills, with substantial depth in some areas where judgment is required in planning and selecting appropriate equipment, services and techniques for self and others.
  6. Transfer and apply theoretical concepts and/or technical or creative skills to a range of situations.
  7. Understand and respond appropriately to terminology employed by the industry.
  8. Understanding of a broad knowledge base incorporating theoretical concepts, with substantial depth in some areas.

Fees and Scholarships


VET course fees are set by the WA Government and they vary from course to course. For more information, please go to Fees and Scholarships.

Some units require the payment of a fee for incidental goods or services required to complete those units. For more information and the full list of incidental fees for courses and units, visit What are Incidental Fees.


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Career Opportunities

Graduates may choose to audition for higher level qualifications or audition for roles in industry.

Possible future job titles

Actor, Film and Television Actor, Performer, Screen Actor

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