Highlights

  • Intensive and challenging three year degree offering comprehensive training in screen and stage acting in a supportive and inclusive environment
  • Specialist study of acting for film, television, screen, and digital streaming sectors
  • Acquire creative leadership, directing, and scriptwriting skills to help develop the vision for specific screen and stage productions, and for the screen and stage industries as a whole
  • Opportunities to work with Australia’s leading voice and movement coaches, directors, cinematographers, and production designers
  • Graduate with the entrepreneurial skills required to promote yourself, your showreel, and your capacity to contribute to the industry nationally and internationally

Highlights

  • Intensive and challenging three year degree offering comprehensive training in screen and stage acting in a supportive and inclusive environment
  • Specialist study of acting for film, television, screen, and digital streaming sectors
  • Acquire creative leadership, directing, and scriptwriting skills to help develop the vision for specific screen and stage productions, and for the screen and stage industries as a whole
  • Opportunities to work with Australia’s leading voice and movement coaches, directors, cinematographers, and production designers
  • Graduate with the entrepreneurial skills required to promote yourself, your showreel, and your capacity to contribute to the industry nationally and internationally

Why choose this course?

If your ambition is to build, a sustainable career across film, television, screen, emerging media sectors, and stage then this course offers you the range of learning, training and performance opportunities you need. Your passion is shared by your fellow students and by your teachers who continue to pursue successful careers in film, television and live performance.

The course is exhilarating, demanding and life changing, and is a full-time commitment physically, mentally and emotionally.  You will receive extensive training in voice, speech production, physical expressivity, character, acting methodologies, script analysis, local and international film and television industries and theatre.  With a strong focus on wellbeing you will learn in an inclusive and supportive environment.

Since film, television, screen, and theatre industries need a diversity of skilled young actors, we welcome applications from aspiring actors of all backgrounds via audition.

Real-world learning

Specialised screen training, small group sizes and superb facilities give QUT acting graduates a distinctive edge. Professional film crews will assist you on your shoots, and you’ll have opportunities to work with professional directors and designers of national standing.

You will have the opportunity to learn creative leadership, directing and scriptwriting to develop the skills needed to excel in an industry where entrepreneurial production across a diverse range of newly emergent media environments is an increasingly prominent part of actors’ career pathways.

Your will learn in state of the art facilities including sprung floor dance studios, light filled drama studios and all-purpose black box studios.  Working within the Creative Industries precinct you will also have access to television studios, music and voice recording studios, and a range of different performance spaces. You will collaborate with other creatives who are also learning, producing their own new screen works, events, and exhibitions, and showcasing their talents across a wide range of artforms, in this vibrant working environment.

Learn from the best

Your teachers are working in film, television and live performance. They’re pursuing their own successful careers and love to share their own professional insights and tips as they mentor you and help you to find your own path onto the stage and screen.

Strong links with industry mean you will graduate with contacts and networking skills.

Applications close early

Apply by 28 September

Applications for this course close a little earlier than most other courses. If you're looking to apply, make sure you've got everything prepared and your application submitted before 28 September 2020.

Check your course requirements to make sure you're ready to go.

Explore this course

What to expect

You will undertake three years of dedicated training, developing your craft, and graduating with the skills to work in highly diversified sector with career pathways in screen, stage, and beyond.  You will begin from the first year, exploring your own creative identity and understanding of creative practice, as well as training in acting skills, including movement, voice, speech production, physical expressivity, character, acting methodologies, and script analysis.

As your course progresses you will continue to refine your acting skills, and your creative leadership skills, as well as having the option to include complementary studies across areas including drama, film, writing, media, and marketing. These studies will increase your entrepreneurial knowledge, and provide greater flexibility of employment in a rapidly changing industry. 

Your final year presents opportunities to work on collaborative projects, developing and demonstrating real world skills in working with other creative practitioners and showcasing these skills to the stage, screen, and emerging media industries you are about to graduate into.  You will graduate confident in your abilities as an actor, and as a creative leader working both independently and collaboratively to produce, promote, and generate audience excitement about your screen and stage performances, throughout the course of your career.

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

Graduates work nationally and internationally as actors for film, television and stage. They have won leading roles in national and state theatre companies, television series, mini-series and feature films. Notable graduates include:

  • Wayne Blair - Director of The Sapphires; writing team/director/actor in Redfern NowThe Last Time I Saw Michael Gregg; Blessed; Mullet; True West, Sydney Theatre Company; Jesus Hopped the A Train, Company B Belvoir; Othello, Bell Shakespeare; The Sapphires, Belvoir St Theatre; and Run Rabbit Run, Company B.
  • Gigi Edgley - Family Matters, Final Frontier, Last Train to Freo and Newcastle. Rescue: Special Ops, Starter Wife and Stingers
  • Gyton Grantley - Logie for best actor, Underbelly. Also CSI: New York, Fairly Legal, House Husbands. Films include Prime Mover, The Reef, Balibo and Beneath Hill 60. Stage: South Pacific
  • Tai Hara - Home and Away and Dancing with the Stars
  • Josh Helman - The Pacific, Animal Kingdom and Jack Reacher
  • Anna McGahan - Rake, Underbelly, House Husbands and ANZAC Girls.
  • Adrienne Pickering - The Reef, The Clinic, Final Call and Candy. ABC’s Rake, All Saints, Out of The Blue and Secrets and Lies. Stage work includes Ruben Guthrie, Company B Belvoir.
  • Alec Snow - Home and Away, lead singer for his band Interim.
  • Michael Dorman - Wonderland, Daybreakers and Wild Boys. The Secret Life of Us, Sea Patrol, Rescue: Special Ops and the ABC’s Serangoon Road.
  • Conrad Coleby - Sea Patrol, Home and Away, All Saints, Headland, Water Rats and Always Greener. Stage includes The Glass Menagerie, Queensland Theatre Company; South Pacific, The Club, Sydney Theatre Company.
  • Brenton Thwaites - SLIDE, Blue Lagoon, Maleficent and Titans.
  • Ruben Guthrie -  Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Sophie Dillman - Home and Away
  • Alison McGirr - Ladies in Black

 

Possible careers

  • Acting/Theatre/Drama Teacher
  • Art Writer
  • Artist
  • Casting Director/Agent
  • Fashion retailer
  • Festival Director
  • Film Composer
  • Film/Television Director
  • Playwright
  • Theatre Company Director
  • Theatre Director
  • Web Series Producer
  • Youth/Community Arts Facilitator

Details and units

Your course

To meet the course requirements of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting), you must complete the following:

  • Two common units (KYB101 and KYB102) – 24 credit points
  • Acting major – 168 credit points
  • Complementary studies – 48 credit points from the Situated Creative Practice Extension plus 48 credit points chosen from a minor or unit options (electives). 

Year 1

  • begin developing and mastering the voice, movement, presence, representation, storytelling and dynamic physical transformation techniques that will underpin your work as an actor in screen and stage contexts
  • train in a range of acting styles, including both realistic acting styles driven by emotion-awareness, authenticity, and imagination, and comic acting styles driven by play, improvisation, and interaction with fellow actors and audience
  • explore approaches, methods, and techniques to harness your own unique expressive capabilities
  • investigate your creative identity, your desired future in the creative industries, and how you can open up new pathways for yourself as an actor in stage, screen, and newly emergent media contexts in this exciting and constantly evolving sector

Year 2

  • continue mastering your voice, movement, acting, and storytelling skills
  • apply your acting skills in a range of screen and stage rehearsal and production settings
  • develop the ability to work collaboratively with producers, directors, writers, and a range of other creatives to achieve a specific artistic vision, in a specific setting, for a specific audience
  • learn how to assess the quality of screen or stage performance works, and develop, write, and direct your own works
  • enhance your employability with complementary studies in drama, film, writing, media, marketing, or a range of other areas

Year 3

  • apply your acting skills, and your creative leadership skills, in professional standard stage, screen, or digital streaming sector projects
  • learn and practise self-tape and audition techniques
  • learn to promote, disseminate, and create positive perception of yourself and your work amongst agents, directors, producers, and other industry professionals, spectators, and the public at large
  • research your career path, including people, platforms, networks, and publics that will be critical in positioning you for success in your desired post-graduation path

    showcase your skills to the stage, screen, and emerging media industries you are about to graduate into

Your course

​To meet the course requirements of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting), you must complete the following:

  • Two common units (KYB101 and KYB102) – 24 credit points
  • Acting major – 168 credit points
  • Complementary studies – 48 credit points from the Situated Creative Practice Extension plus 48 credit points chosen from a minor or unit options (electives). 
Year 1
  • begin developing and mastering the voice, movement, presence, representation, storytelling and dynamic physical transformation techniques that will underpin your work as an actor in screen and stage contexts
  • train in a range of acting styles, including both realistic acting styles driven by emotion-awareness, authenticity, and imagination, and comic acting styles driven by play, improvisation, and interaction with fellow actors and audience
  • explore approaches, methods, and techniques to harness your own unique expressive capabilities
  • investigate your creative identity, your desired future in the creative industries, and how you can open up new pathways for yourself as an actor in stage, screen, and newly emergent media contexts in this exciting and constantly evolving sector
Year 2
  • continue mastering your voice, movement, acting, and storytelling skills
  • apply your acting skills in a range of screen and stage rehearsal and production settings
  • develop the ability to work collaboratively with producers, directors, writers, and a range of other creatives to achieve a specific artistic vision, in a specific setting, for a specific audience
  • learn how to assess the quality of screen or stage performance works, and develop, write, and direct your own works
  • enhance your employability with complementary studies in drama, film, writing, media, marketing, or a range of other areas
Year 3
  • apply your acting skills, and your creative leadership skills, in professional standard stage, screen, or digital streaming sector projects
  • learn and practise self-tape and audition techniques
  • learn to promote, disseminate, and create positive perception of yourself and your work amongst agents, directors, producers, and other industry professionals, spectators, and the public at large
  • research your career path, including people, platforms, networks, and publics that will be critical in positioning you for success in your desired post-graduation path

    showcase your skills to the stage, screen, and emerging media industries you are about to graduate into

Requirements

Selection is based on additional entry requirements only. Please refer to Requirements.
Additional entry requirements
Yes
Additional entry requirements
Yes

Starting uni in 2021?

There are some changes to subjects and the qualifications we’ll consider for entry to QUT from 2021 and beyond. Make sure you’re prepared to apply.

The selection rank is a good indication of the equivalent ATAR.

Find out how these changes might affect you

Course code
KK34
QTAC code
421912
CRICOS code
056185A
Campus
  • Kelvin Grove
Campus
  • Kelvin Grove
Duration
3 years full-time
Duration
3 years full-time
Entry
February
Entry
February
Deferment

You can't defer your offer in this course. You must start in the semester you apply for.

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course, we assume you have sound knowledge of the subject/s listed below. If you don't have the subject knowledge, you can still apply for the course but we encourage you to undertake bridging studies to gain the knowledge:

  • English, or Literature, or English and Literature Extension, or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 & 4, C)

More about assumed knowledge

Prerequisites

You must complete a successful audition.

Important dates

  • Tuesday 4 August 2020

QTAC applications, intrafaculty change form, change of major or minor form and the QUT online registration form open.

All applications and application forms close. Requests for applications and registrations after this date will not be considered. Make sure you allow adequate time to complete each stage of your application before application closing time.

Please note that the application process for 2021 entry involves pre-recording  audition and personal statement videos for the first round, and then a live audition via Zoom if you are successful in proceeding to the second round of auditions. No auditions will be conducted in person for this cycle.

How to apply

Step 1

Apply through QTAC. Current Creative Industries Faculty (CIF) undergraduate students changing course or major must instead submit an intrafaculty change form or change of major or minor form.

Step 2

Complete the QUT online registration form. You must have a valid QTAC number or current QUT student ID number to complete this step.

As part of the application process, you will be required to submit the following:

  • supporting documentation
  • two audition video YouTube links
  • one personal statement YouTube link.

You must pay the non-refundable $70 application service fee via QUTPay. If you're applying via the Educational Access Scheme or the Centralised Assessment Selection Program, you are exempt from the fee.

Your application is complete once you reach the confirmation notice screen and receive your confirmation email.

Step 3

Your video audition will then be assessed. You will be contacted no later than Wednesday 7 October via the email address provided on your application if you have been successful in proceeding to a recall audition. Recall auditions will be conducted via Zoom on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October.

Supporting documentation

When submitting your online application, you will be required to upload your supporting documentation. This should include:

  • a printed CV of no more than two pages, outlining both formal and informal learning and experiences in the field of acting
  • a headshot or passport photo.

Please upload your supporting documentation as one combined file only.

Application preparation

Acting audition pieces (PDF file, 423.1 KB)

Acting application preparation (PDF file, 1.8 MB)

Recall auditions

If your audition is successful, you'll be required to attend a recall audition via Zoom.

Recall auditions will be conducted on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October 2020.

If you do not attend your recall audition you won't be considered for a place in the course.

We'll notify you if you've been successful or not via the email address included on your QUT online registration form no later than Wednesday 7 October. We will provide the Zoom meeting IDs in this email.

I have been recalled

I haven't been recalled

Audition feedback

Due to the large number of applications received, the selection panel is unable to provide feedback to applicants.

When do I find out my audition outcome?

QTAC applications

Intrafaculty change applications

Change of major or minor applications

I need more information

Contact the Creative Industries Faculty for more information on our audition process. You can get in touch by emailing ci@qut.edu.au or calling 3138 8114.

Advanced standing

If you have prior studies or work experience, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit). You can apply for advanced standing once you've been accepted to QUT. If you're in your first semester of study, you must apply for advanced standing within 10 days of receiving your offer.

More about advanced standing

Deferment

You can't defer your offer in this course. You must start in the semester you apply for.

More about deferring your offer

Offers we made to school leavers in Semester 1, 2019

421912 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting)

Admission was based on additional entry requirements only.

You can find out more about your fellow students’ backgrounds with this course’s student profile.

Minimum academic requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this course.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

Prerequisites

You must:

  • complete a successful audition in Australia.
  • complete Australian Year 12 or a comparable qualification.

Important dates

Applications for Semester 1, 2021 close at 5pm on Monday 28 September 2020 (Brisbane time).

All applicants must provide audition and personal statement videos as part of their application.

How to apply

Step 1

Apply for this course using the international student application form (PDF file, 297.2 KB). Please submit your supporting documents and audition videos (via YouTube links) with your application.

Step 2

Your video audition will then be assessed. You will be contacted no later than Wednesday 7 October via the email address provided on your application if you have been successful in proceeding to a recall audition. Recall auditions will be conducted via Zoom on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October 2020.

Supporting documentation and audition videos

When submitting your application form, you will be required to submit supporting documentation. This should include:

  • printed CV of no more than two pages, outlining both formal and informal learning and experiences in the field of acting
  • headshot or passport photo.

You will also be required to film two audition videos and one personal statement video. These videos should be uploaded to YouTube, and URL links provided with your application.

Application preparation

Acting audition pieces (PDF file, 423.1 KB)

Acting application preparation (PDF file, 1.8 MB)

Recall auditions

If your audition is successful, you'll be required to attend a recall audition via Zoom.

Recall auditions will be conducted on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October 2020.

If you do not attend your recall audition you won't be considered for a place in the course.

We'll notify you if you've been successful or not via the email included on your QUT online registration form no later than Wednesday 7 October. We will provide the Zoom meeting IDs in this email.

You can prepare for your recall audition with the recall preparation document (PDF file, 123.8 KB).

Audition feedback

Due to the large number of applications received, the selection panel is unable to provide feedback to applicants.

When do I find out my audition outcome?

International Admissions will notify you of your outcome by email from mid-November.

I need more information

Contact the Creative Industries Faculty for more information on our audition process. You can get in touch by emailing ci@qut.edu.au or calling 3138 8114.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
79 16 16 21 18

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2021 fees

2021: CSP $6,900 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

 

 

 

2021 fees

2021: $32,500 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

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