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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, change of major/second major/minor request 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
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

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). The Situated Creative Practice Extension comprises KYB301 Situated Creative Practice 1; plus 24 credit points from the Situated Creative Practice Options list (a maximum of one elective can be chosen from this list).

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

What happens next

How do I find out of my recall audition outcome?

Prior to the offer round on 17 November, QUT will update the preference information within your QTAC application to reflect your audition outcome. You will be able to check this via QTAC’s Application Services. If you are unsure how to check your preference status there is a helpful video located on QTAC's Check amd change webpage.

What information will I see?

Within your Preferences tab you will see one of the following statuses:

  • Based on the information currently held by QTAC you have satisfied the minimum entry requirements in order to be considered for a place in this course.
  • Based on the information currently held by QTAC you have not satisfied the minimum entry requirements in order to be considered for a place in this course.

What does this mean?

If you have satisfied the minimum entry requirements for this course you will then be considered for a place in the course in the 17 November 2017 QTAC offer round. Depending on the number of places available, further offers may be made in subsequent QTAC offer rounds.

Please note that meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee a QTAC offer will be made as there are usually more eligible applicants than places available in the program.

Successful applicants will only receive one offer from QTAC, to their highest eligible preference.

I did not make it to the final recall

If you do not progress to the final recall, QUT will not be able to offer you a place in the course. You may wish to review your QTAC course preferences. They can be added or amended via QTAC’s Application Services. For more information on changing preferences, you can contact QTAC Information Services on 1300 GO QTAC (1300 467 822) or (07) 3858 1222.

Interfaculty degree transfer applications - Domestic students (I form)

Outcomes are released for applications lodged by 30 September 2017 (on-time) on 7 December 2017.

Outcomes for additional entry courses will not be known until around late January.

Outcomes will be emailed to students via their QUT student email from Admissions.

Change of major/second major/minor request form applicants

Domestic students may apply at any time throughout the year. Outcomes for change of major/second major/minor requests will be emailed to students from CI Faculty. If you are enrolled please refer to key dates for final dates to add and withdraw units.


If you require further information, please contact the Creative Industries Faculty by: Phone: (07) 3138 8114  /  Email:

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

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 $6,700 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.

Find out if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan

Scholarships and financial support

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

These scholarships are available for this course:

View all undergraduate scholarships

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.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you've:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. See the Entry requirements tab for due dates for submitting additional entry requirements.

  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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After you've submitted your application to QTAC

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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