Course Information

Bachelor of Arts (Acting)

Effective from 01-JAN-2019 : Code Y93

This course produces graduates who are fully-equipped to enter the theatre and screen industry. It focuses on the development of knowledge and skills in the performing arts with particular emphasis on specialist areas pertinent to acting. The program provides a practical and theoretical approach to acting in theatre, film, television, and other contemporary performance contexts. Subjects available for study include: Acting, Movement, Dance, Music, Voice, Performance History, Critical Analysis, Professional Practice, Screen Studies and Screen Acting.


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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.

Admission requirements

Academic standard for the following admission pathways:

  • ATAR
  • Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma
  • Experienced Based Entry (where accepted)
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test
  • University Preparation Course
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course

Course Specific Admission Requirements

All applicants are required to attend an audition. Entry into this course is talent-based, and prospective students will be comprehensively assessed through an audition process which is held in November-December each year. Australia wide auditions are conducted in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Overseas students are assessed by auditions sent electronically. The audition includes a thorough assessment of inherent and trainable ability, the ability to meet the technical requirements of the course and suitability for the industry.

Portfolio pathway applications are not accepted for this course.

Course Duration

  • Full Time: 3 Years

Course Delivery

Joondalup Mount Lawley South West (Bunbury) Online
Full Time

Course Co-ordinator


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
ACT1006 #Integrating the Skills of the Actor15
ACT1007Movement for the Actor15
ACT1008Words and the Body15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ACT2001 #The Actor in Ensemble15
ACT2002The Dynamic Actor15
ACT2003Extending Vocal Knowledge15
ACT2004 *Approach to Shakespeare and Heightened Text15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ACT2005 #The 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
ACT3001 #The 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

# Designated Unit - a Unit or Unit of Competency which a School has designated as a fundamental course requirement and may only be attempted once unless otherwise determined by Board of Examiners.
* Students will be assessed to see if they have achieved the ECU minimum standard of English language proficiency in this unit. Students who don't meet the minimum standard will be provided with appropriate English language support and development.

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.