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Course information set

  • 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.
QTAC course code421912
QUT course code KK34
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
Start month 2018 February
Note: 5pm Friday 15 September 2017: QTAC applications, I Forms, CM Forms and the QUT Acting Online Registration Form close.

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

Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Creative Industries Faculty
Course contact
  • Email:
CRICOS code 056185A
  • Actor
  • Artist
  • Drama Teacher
  • Film/Television Producer
  • Theatre Professionals

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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. Since film and television needs a diversity of young skilled actors, we welcome applications from aspiring actors of all backgrounds.

Why choose this course?

QUT Acting is Australia’s leading degree in acting specialising in screen performance. It is highly regarded nationally for its graduates’ readiness to work in film and television. 

You will undertake three years of intensive training and performing, graduating as an employable film and stage actor. Your film shoots have professional film crews, and your performance seasons provide opportunities to work with professional directors and designers of national standing. Our specialised screen training, small group size and superb facilities, give QUT acting graduates a distinctive edge.

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

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. Films include .

  • 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 and Maleficent.



Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting)

Your course

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

Entry requirements

Course information set


Successful audition

Key dates

  • 5pm Friday 15 September 2017: QTAC applications, I Forms, CM Forms and the QUT Acting Online Registration Form close*. Requests for applications and registrations after this date will not be considered.

*Applications must be finalised and submitted by this time. Allow at least 30 minutes to complete the QTAC application, I Form or CM Form, and a further 30 minutes to complete the QUT Acting Online Registration Form.

Checklist for 2018 QTAC applicants and current Creative Industries Faculty (CIF) undergraduate students

Step 1: Apply through QTAC. Current Creative Industries Faculty (CIF) undergraduate students changing course or major must instead submit an I Form or CM Form as appropriate.

Step 2: Complete the QUT Acting Online Registration Form. You must have a valid QTAC number or current QUT student ID number to complete this step. This step includes the requirement to pay the non-refundable $70 application service fee via QUTPay. Applicants seeking admission assistance via QTAC's Educational Access Scheme and/or QUT’s Oodgeroo Centralised Assessment Selection Program 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.

Note: Registering with QUT is separate and in addition to listing the course as a preference with QTAC or submitting and an I Form or CM Form as appropriate. To successfully apply for entry into this course you are required to do both. All above steps must be completed to be considered for a place in the course.

Supporting document checklist

  • Printed QUT Acting Online Registration Form confirmation notice or email

  • Printed copy of your most recent High School report and/or results of previous Tertiary studies
  • Printed resume or curriculum vitae, no more than 2 pages
  • Headshot or passport photo

Audition preparation

Audition locations and dates

First audition

You are required to attend an audition at one of the following locations. Audition times are selected as part of the QUT Acting Online Registration Form process. The time and date of your audition cannot be changed except in exceptional circumstances.

If you do not attend your audition you cannot be considered for a place in the course.

Brisbane: Saturday 23, Monday 25 or Tuesday 26 September 2017

Z9, Creative Industries Precinct, corner of Kelvin Grove Rd and Musk Avenue, Brisbane, QUT Kelvin Grove Campus

Sydney: Thursday 28 September 2017*

Actors Centre Australia, 23 Norton Street, Leichhardt, Sydney

Townsville: Thursday 28 September 2017*

Seagulls Resort, 74 The Esplanade, Belgian Gardens, Townsville

*Audition places in Sydney and Townsville are limited. Once all places are filled, interstate and regional applicants will be required to select a Brisbane audition.

Recall audition

If you are successful in the first audition round you will be asked to attend a recall audition. Successful applicants are required to attend a recall audition at the same location as their first audition. Brisbane recalled applicants will be required to attend a recall audition on Friday 29 or Saturday 30 September 2017. Recall auditions for Sydney and Townsville applicants will be held on Friday 29 September 2017.

Information regarding shortlisted applicants will be available on the audition recall notices webpage from 7pm Thursday 28 September 2017. Recalled applicants will be listed by QUT application ID number only.

Your QUT application ID number begins with CIF-ACTING followed by 5 numbers (e.g.CIF-ACTING12345). It can be found on your QUT Acting Online Registration Form confirmation notice as well as the confirmation email you received at the completion of the registration process.

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

Audition feedback

Due to the large number of applications received, the selection panel is unable to provide feedback to applicants. The audition process is managed by CIF. All offers for the course will be made through QTAC or Offers for current CIF undergraduate students only will be made through QUT Admissions.


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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).

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Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually.

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.




2018: CSP $6600 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

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Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting)

You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.

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  2. Checked important dates.
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  4. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  5. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course 421912 because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.


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