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Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting)

Gain a distinctive edge with intensive training for film and stage, small group sizes and superb facilities.
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Campus
Kelvin Grove
Campus
Kelvin Grove
Duration
3 years full-time
3 years full-time
Entry
February
February
QTAC code
421912
CRICOS
056185A

Highlights

  • Australia’s leading degree in acting specialising in screen performance
  • Graduate as an employable stage and screen actor, prepared to perform in both studio and on-location shoots
  • Opportunities to work with professional directors and production designers, and nationally known directors and cinematographers
  • Your stage and screen work will be showcased in Sydney to invited audiences of Australia’s leading agents and casting directors. Your showreel will be distributed nationally and internationally.

Highlights

  • Australia’s leading degree in acting specialising in screen performance
  • Graduate as an employable stage and screen actor, prepared to perform in both studio and on-location shoots
  • Opportunities to work with professional directors and production designers, and nationally known directors and cinematographers
  • Your stage and screen work will be showcased in Sydney to invited audiences of Australia’s leading agents and casting directors. Your showreel will be distributed nationally and internationally.

Why choose this course?

If your ambition is to build a career in film and television, and still develop as an artist on stage and elsewhere, then our 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, theatre and local and international film & TV industries.
 
Since film and television needs a diversity of young skilled actors, we welcome applications from aspiring actors of all backgrounds via audition.   Apply to QTAC and QUT by 5pm on 20 September 2019, check Requirments for more details on how to apply. 

Real-world learning

Our specialised screen training, small group sizes and superb facilities give QUT acting graduates a distinctive edge. We know what it takes to be an employable film and stage actor, and we put you through intensive training and performing regimes to ensure you graduate with the necessary skills and attitude.  Professional film crews will assist you on your shoots, and you’ll have opportunities to work with professional directors and designers of national standing.

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.

Our strong links with industry mean you will graduate with contacts and networking skills. Your stage and screen work, ActingWorks, is performed in Sydney to Australia’s leading agents and casting directors. Your showreel will be distributed nationally and internationally.

What to expect

You will undertake three years of intensive training and performing, graduating as an employable film and stage actor. The course is exhilarating, demanding and life changing, and is a full-time commitment physically, mentally and emotionally.  You will begin from the first year with studio work focusing on extensive training in movement, voice, speech production, physical expressivity, character, acting methodologies and script analysis, as well as an understanding of film and TV industries.

As your course progresses you will continue to refine your skills through studio and locations modules, performing regularly in film shoots and studio productions supported by a design and stage management team. In your final year you present your film and stage work, ActingWorks, to Australia’s leading agents and casting directors.

Career outcomes

Career 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

  • Actor
  • Artist
  • Drama Teacher
  • Film/Television Producer
  • Theatre Professionals

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

  • engage in 20 hours of acting studio work per week
  • learn acting methods grounded in a fierce commitment to emotional honesty
  • train in vocal techniques, movement, improvisation, storytelling and combat
  • investigate your expressive strengths and weaknesses, and open up new possibilities
  • instrumental training of your body, voice, imagination and feelings
  • enhance your degree with chosen electives in film production and theatre history

Year 2

  • manage the transition from freeing the instrument to applying craft techniques
  • continue your development in voice, movement and physical storytelling
  • refine your skills through acting studios and rehearsals
  • perform in film shoots and studio productions
  • write and perform your own material
  • work as an ensemble with a shared vocabulary
  • enhance your degree with chosen electives in film, scriptwriting and theatre history

Year 3

  • rehearse, film and perform in professional film shoots and main stage productions
  • learn and practise self-tape and audition techniques
  • be mentored by professional casting directors and agents
  • focus on your individual development work and coaching in productions
  • research your career path to position yourself for entry into an international industry
  • present your film and stage work, ActingWorks, to Sydney agents and casting directors

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
  • engage in 20 hours of acting studio work per week
  • learn acting methods grounded in a fierce commitment to emotional honesty
  • train in vocal techniques, movement, improvisation, storytelling and combat
  • investigate your expressive strengths and weaknesses, and open up new possibilities
  • instrumental training of your body, voice, imagination and feelings
  • enhance your degree with chosen electives in film production and theatre history
Year 2
  • manage the transition from freeing the instrument to applying craft techniques
  • continue your development in voice, movement and physical storytelling
  • refine your skills through acting studios and rehearsals
  • perform in film shoots and studio productions
  • write and perform your own material
  • work as an ensemble with a shared vocabulary
  • enhance your degree with chosen electives in film, scriptwriting and theatre history
Year 3
  • rehearse, film and perform in professional film shoots and main stage productions
  • learn and practise self-tape and audition techniques
  • be mentored by professional casting directors and agents
  • focus on your individual development work and coaching in productions
  • research your career path to position yourself for entry into an international industry
  • present your film and stage work, ActingWorks, to Sydney agents and casting directors

Requirements

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

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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
5pm Friday 14 September 2018: QTAC applications, I forms, change of major/second major/minor request forms and the QUT acting online registration form close.
Entry
February
Applications for commencement in Semester 1, 2019 close on 25 August 2018.
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 in these areas:

  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

More about assumed knowledge

Prerequisites

You must complete a successful audition.

Important dates

Thursday 1 August 2019
QTAC applications, intrafaculty change form, change of major or minor form and the QUT online registration form open.
5pm Friday 20 September 2019
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.

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.

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

Attend your nominated audition and bring your supporting documents with you. You can select your audition time through the online registration form.

Supporting documentation

If your audition is successful, make sure you bring the following to your recall audition:

  • a printed copy of your registration form confirmation notice or email
  • a printed CV of no more than 2 pages, outlining both formal and informal learning and experiences in the field of acting
  • a headshot or passport photo.

Your audition

Audition preparation

Acting audition pieces

Acting audition preparation

Acting recall audition preparation

First round auditions

You must attend an audition at one of the following locations. If you don't attend your audition you won't be considered for a place in the course.

Audition places in Sydney, Townsville, Cairns and Melbourne are limited. Once all places are filled, applicants will be required to attend a Brisbane audition.

The time and date of your audition cannot be changed except in exceptional circumstances.

Brisbane
Dates
Saturday 28 September 2019
Monday 30 September 2019
Tuesday 1 October 2019
Wednesday 2 October 2019
Location
Z9, Creative Industries Precinct, QUT Kelvin Grove, cnr of Kelvin Grove Rd & Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove 4059. See a map of QUT Kelvin Grove Campus
Cairns
Date
Saturday 28 September 2019
Location
Turning Pointe Dance Studios, 240 Hartley Street, Cairns Qld 4870
Townsville
Date
Sunday 29 September 2019
Location
DanceNorth Australia, cnr of Stanley Street and Walker Street, Townsville Qld 4810
Melbourne
Dates
Tuesday 1 October 2019
Wednesday 2 October 2019
Location
The Malthouse Theatre, 113 Sturt Street, Southbank Vic 3006
Sydney
Date
Friday 11 October 2019
Location
Riverside Theatre, cnr of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta NSW 2150
Dates
Saturday 12 October 2019
Monday 14 October 2019
Location
Seymour Centre, City Road and Cleveland Street, Chippendale NSW 2008

All Sydney recalls will be held at the Seymour Centre.

Audition recalls

If your audition is successful, you'll be required to attend a recall audition and bring your supporting documents with you.

For Brisbane, Townsville, Cairns and Melbourne applications, recall auditions will be at the same location as your first audition. For Sydney applicants, all recall auditions will be at the Seymour Centre, even if your first audition was at Riverside. 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 email.

I have been recalled

If you've been successful, you'll also be given the time and date of your recall audition.

Prepare for your recall with the acting recall audition preparation document (PDF file, 123.8 KB).

Spaces in recall auditions are very limited, so we can only reschedule your recall audition under extenuating circumstances. Contact us by emailing ci@qut.edu.au or calling 3138 8114 as soon as possible. If you don't attend your final recall, you won't be considered for a place in the course.

I haven't been recalled

If you have not progressed to the final recall, we won't be able to offer you a place in this course. You might want to review your QTAC preferences online.

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

Before the November offer round, we will update the preference information within your QTAC application to reflect your audition outcome. Make sure you have QUT as your first preference. You'll be able to check this via QTAC’s application services.

What information will I see on QTAC?

Within your preferences tab you will see one of the following statuses under the satisfied column:

  • Met: You have met the minimum entry requirements to be considered for a place in this course
  • Not met: You have not met the minimum entry requirements to be considered for a place in this course. You may want to review your QTAC course preferences.

Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee a QTAC offer for this course, as there are usually more eligible applicants than places available in the program. Most offers will be made in the November offer round. Further offers may be made in later offer rounds.

Intrafaculty change applications

Admissions will notify you of your outcome by email, sent to your QUT student email address from December.

Change of major or minor applications

The Creative Industries Faculty will notify you of your outcome by email, sent to your QUT student email address from late 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.

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, 2018

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, 2020 close at 5pm on 20 September.

All applicants must attend an audition in Australia in September or October 2019.

How to apply

Step 1

Apply for this course using the international student application form (PDF file, 258.2 KB).

Step 2

Attend your nominated audition and bring your supporting documents with you.

Supporting document checklist

If your audition is successful, make sure you bring the following to your recall audition:

  • confirmation notice of your audition time, date and location
  • 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.

Your audition

Audition preparation documents

Acting audition pieces (PDF file, 269.8 KB)

Acting audition preparation (PDF file, 178.7 KB)

Acting recall audition preparation (PDF file, 123.8 KB)

First round auditions

You must attend an audition at one of the following locations. If you don't attend your audition you won't be considered for a place in the course.

Audition places in Sydney, Townsville, Cairns and Melbourne are limited. Once all places are filled, applicants will be required to attend a Brisbane audition.

The time and date of your audition cannot be changed except in exceptional circumstances.

Brisbane
Dates
Saturday 28 September 2019
Monday 30 September 2019
Tuesday 1 October 2019
Wednesday 2 October 2019
Location
Z9, Creative Industries Precinct, QUT Kelvin Grove, cnr of Kelvin Grove Rd & Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove 4059. See a map of QUT Kelvin Grove Campus
Cairns
Date
Saturday 28 September 2019
Location
Turning Pointe Dance Studios, 240 Hartley Street, Cairns Qld 4870
Townsville
Date
Sunday 29 September 2019
Location
DanceNorth Australia, cnr of Stanley Street and Walker Street, Townsville Qld 4810
Melbourne
Dates
Tuesday 1 October 2019
Wednesday 2 October 2019
Location
The Malthouse Theatre, 113 Sturt Street, Southbank Vic 3006
Sydney
Date
Friday 11 October 2019
Location
Riverside Theatre, cnr of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta NSW 2150
Dates
Saturday 12 October 2019
Monday 14 October 2019
Location
Seymour Centre, City Road and Cleveland Street, Chippendale NSW 2008

All Sydney recalls will be held at the Seymour Centre.

Recall auditions

If your audition is successful, you'll be required to attend a recall audition and bring your supporting documents with you.

For Brisbane, Townsville, Cairns and Melbourne applicants, all recall auditions will be at the same location as your first audition. For Sydney applicants, all recall auditions will be held at the Seymour Centre, even if your first audition was at Riverside. 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 email.

If you have been recalled, we'll let you know the date and time of your second audition - it will be within a week of your first audition. 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, Singapore, 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
Cambridge Advanced English Score
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. You must provide your Cambridge English 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
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. Please assign your test to QUT in your Pearson profile.
58 50 50 50 50
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.

2020 fees

2020 CSP $6,700 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.

 

 

 

2020 fees

2020: $31,200 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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Your audition

This course has additional entry requirements, including an audition. Once you've submitted your QTAC application, you must:

  • complete the online registration form for your audition. You must pay a $70 application fee (if you're eligible for the Educational Access Scheme or Centralised Assessment Selection Program, you don't have to pay this fee).
  • organise your supporting documents, including:
    • a printed version of your registration form confirmation
    • a headshot or passport photo
    • a printed CV (maximum 2 pages) outlining your acting experience.

You'll be able to nominate an audition time and date as part of the online registration form. Bring your supporting documents to your audition.

Find out more about the audition process on the entry requirements tab.

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