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Bachelor of Stage and Screen (Acting)

Associate Degree in Stage and Screen [exit point only]

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Bring your dream to become an actor to life by immersing yourself in CSU's Bachelor of Stage and Screen (Acting). Designed for those who want to pursue a career in contemporary film, theatre or television, CSU's acting degree is highly regarded by industry and is dedicated to a time-honoured craft.

Your first opportunity to be in the spotlight will take place soon after you apply for this course. Show us what you're made of at your course audition where you'll have the opportunity to chat with staff and ask questions following your performance. Book your audition.

  • Why study this course?

    Hands-on learning from the start

    From your first day in CSU's Bachelor of Stage and Screen (Acting) you will take part in a busy practical program to learn the wide range of skills a professional performer needs, from acting, voice and movement to acting for the camera. You'll apply these skills to mainstage, studio and theatre productions and become involved in an active program of screen productions.

    Exceptional educators

    The course is taught by dedicated professionals with a wide range of industry experience. Committed to the business of theatre and/or television, our lecturers are specialists in acting (camera or stage), voice or movement. Staff have extensive experience in directing, ranging from mainstream to independent productions, from the classics to contemporary works, so you can be assured your mentors will be able to pass on diverse experiences to enrich your learning.

    Valuable learning opportunities

    You'll gain a competitive advantage in industry through practical learning, internships and other invaluable networking opportunities. A visiting artist program brings professionals of national and international repute to work alongside staff and students. Contextual studies are taught by specialists in screen and theatre studies, and you'll also have regular contact with lecturers from our television and design specialisations.

    Industry-standard facilities

    To give you a wide range of experience using the equipment and techniques found in contemporary workplaces, our facilities include industry-standard multi-camera television studio and control rooms; edit suites and audio studios; two specialist drama studios, which also double as rehearsal rooms and studio theatres; dressing room; lighting studio; costume / textile workshop; set and props workshop; and access to the Riverina Playhouse, a purpose-built 200-seat theatre.

  • Career opportunities

    As a graduate of CSU's acting degree, you will be well prepared to launch a career in film and television and on the stage.

    Television and film

    Explore acting roles in television or even on the silver screen through feature films; tele-features, mini-series, series drama, serial drama, comedies and infotainment programs; voice-overs; and television commercials.

    Mainstage acting

    Take to the spotlight through acting roles with mainstage or independent metropolitan theatre companies; regional theatre companies; or theatre for youth and educational theatre projects.

    Behind the scenes

    If you have your sights set on a more behind the scenes acting role, you may choose from roles in casting; theatre administration; producing; directing; event management; dramaturgy or playwriting.

    If your dream career is in primary and high school drama teaching, with the addition of a Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) you can help shape the next generation of budding actors.
  • Professional recognition

    This course is recognised by the professional guild, the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA). Although formal professional accreditation is not required to become an actor, recognition of the course by the MEAA assists the process of our graduates gaining the essential union card, without which they will not be able to gain award-rate contracts for paid employment.

  • Subjects

    Please note: this course offers a number of specialisations detailed in the course structure below. You will only need to complete the subjects relevant to your chosen specialisation in addition to core foundation subjects.

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Associate Degree in Stage and Screen
    Exit point only

    To exit with an Associate Degree students must satisfactorily complete 128 points to graduate. Of these, 32 points are allocated to core studies, 72 points will be allocated a discipline specialisation (note that under CSU policy students can not be awarded an Associate Degree with a specialisation noted), and 24 points allocated to an elective study strand of the student's choice from offerings within the School of Communication & Creative Industries (or externally by approval of the Course Director).

    Core subjects:
    CCI100 Introduction to Media Production
    COM111 Professional Writing
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    ETH205 Ethics and Law for Creative Industries  

    Bachelor of Stage and Screen (Specialisation)

    Students must satisfactorily complete 192 points to graduate. Of these, 56 points are allocated to core studies and capstone collaborative projects, 104 points will be allocated to a discipline specialisation, and 32 points allocated to an elective study strand of the student's choice from offerings within the School of Communication & Creative Industries (or externally by approval of the Course Director).

    Core subjects:
    CCI100 Introduction to Media Production
    COM111 Professional Writing
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    ETH205 Ethics and Law for Creative Industries
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)

    Elective Subjects (32 points)

    Students undertake four electives (32 points) chosen from elective offerings within the School of Communication & Creative Industries, or from other schools through consultation and approval with the Course Director (eg, script writing offerings from H&SS).

    Enrolment pattern

    Acting Specialisation
    Full time suggested study sequence

    Session 1 (30)
    ACT120 Fundamentals of Acting
    ACT101 Fundamentals of Voice and Movement
    COM111 Professional Writing
    CCI100 Introduction to Media Production

    Session 2 (60)
    ACT121 Techniques of Acting
    VPA111 Live Studio Collaboration
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    Elective

    Session 3 (30)
    ACT201 The Actor and Process
    VPA200 Creative External Production
    COM220 Script Analysis and Interpretation
    Elective

    Session 4 (60)
    ACT202 The Actor & Performance
    VPA209 Studio & Location Practice
    ETH205 Ethics & Law for Creative Industries
    Elective

     Students may exit at this point with an Associate Degree in Stage and Screen

    Session 5 (30)
    VPA303 Stage & Screen Project (16 points)
    COM323 Culture, Creativity & Storytelling
    Elective

    Session 6 (60)
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)
    VPA302 Industry & Internship Experience

     

    Design Specialisation
    Full time suggested study sequence

    Session 1 (30)
    DES107 Design Implementation
    DES109 Introduction to Stage & Screen Design
    COM111 Professional Writing
    CCI100 Introduction to Media Production

    Session 2 (60)
    DES108 Design Communication
    VPA111 Live Studio Collaboration
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    Elective

    Session 3 (30)
    DES213 Design & Production 1
    VPA200 Creative External Production
    COM220 Script Analysis and Interpretation
    Elective

    Session 4 (60)
    DES214 Design and Production 2
    VPA209 Studio & Location Practice
    ETH205 Ethics & Law for Creative Industries
    Elective

     Students may exit at this point with an Associate Degree Stage and Screen

    Session 5 (30)
    VPA303 Stage & Screen Project (16 points)
    COM323 Culture, Creativity & Storytelling
    Elective

    Session 6 (60)
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)
    VPA302 Industry & Internship Experience


    Multiplatform Producing and Storytelling Specialisation
    Full time suggested enrolment pattern

    Session 1 (30)
    MPI111 Multiplatform Concepts and Storytelling
    MPI112 Business of Multiplatform
    COM111 Professional Writing
    CCI100 Introduction to Media Production

    Session 2 (60)
    MPI113 Multiplatform Construction
    VPA106 Introduction to Sound Production
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    Elective

    Session 3 (30)
    MPI221 World Design and Creation
    TVP106 Television Production
    COM220 Script Analysis and Interpretation
    Elective

    Session 4 (60)
    MPI303 Multimedia Production Project
    GRP209 Design for Communication or PHT116 Introduction to Digital Photography
    ETH205 Ethics and Law for Creative Industries
    Elective

    Session 5 (30)
    VPA303 Stage and Screen Project (16 points)
    COM323 Culture, Creativity and Storytelling
    Elective

    Session 6 (60)
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)
    VPA302 Industry and Internship Experience  

    Sound Specialisation
    Full time suggested enrolment pattern

    Session 1 (30)
    CCI100 Introduction to Media Production
    VPA101 Fundamentals of Design
    VPA104 Introduction to Digital Imaging
    VIS101 Visual Communication

    Session 2 (60)
    VPA106 Introduction to Sound Production
    VPA111 Live Studio Collaboration or VFX105 3D Modelling and Rendering or COM112 Digital Media or GRP225 Experimental Design
    COM111 Professional Writing
    Elective

    Session 3 (30)
    VPA216 Interactive Sound and Space
    TVP203 Television Post Production
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    Elective

    Session 4 (60)
    VPA213 Music Technology
    VPA215 Broadcast Sound
    ETH205 Ethics and Law for Creative Industries
    Elective

    Session 5 (30)
    VPA315 Portfolio (16 points)
    ART304 Aspects of Design
    Elective

    Session 6 (60)
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)
    ART222 Art, Technology and Culture

     

    Television Specialisation
    Full time suggested study sequence

    Session 1 (30)
    TVP105 Television Technology
    TVP106 Television Production 2
    COM111 Professional Writing
    CCI100 Introduction to Media Production

    Session 2 (60)
    VPA106 Introduction to Sound Production
    VPA111 Live Studio Collaboration
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    Elective

    Session 3 (30)
    TVP203 Television Post Production
    VPA200 Creative External Production
    COM220 Script Analysis and Interpretation
    Elective


    Session 4 (60)
    TVP204 Outside Broadcast Production
    VPA209 Studio & Location Practice
    ETH205 Ethics & Law for Creative Industries
    Elective

    Students may exit at this point with an Associate Degree Stage and Screen

    Session 5 (30)
    VPA303 Stage & Screen Project (16 points)
    COM323 Culture, Creativity & Storytelling
    Elective

    Session 6 (60)
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)
    VPA302 Industry & Internship Experience

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    ATAR + criteria

    Applicants for the Bachelor of Stage and Screen (Acting) will need to attend an audition / interview to assist in the assessment of their application.

    Canberra

    Thursday 16 November 2017

    Sydney

    Sydney Theatre – Friday 17 November 2017

    Bangarra – Saturday 18 November 2017

    Wagga Wagga

    Tuesday 21 November 2017

    Wednesday 22 November 2017

     

    To arrange an audition / course consultation, click hereDownload an audition booklet.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYNNKAAS
    UACOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYNN211744

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    Students must complete 192 points at pass level or better.

  • How to apply

    Applicants are required to undertake a supplementary course consultation as part of the application process. See admission requirements for further information.

    Supplementary application forms

    Bachelor of Stage and Screen (Acting) audition booklet

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  • About the School

    School of Communication and Creative Industries

    CSU’s School of Communication and Creative Industries have built a hub for innovative storytellers who want to make a difference. Based on Bathurst, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School has an emphasis on cross-disciplinary collaboration created through a unique balance of practical production and theoretical foundation. CSU’s courses are delivered in authentic industry settings including our state-of-the-art television studios; newsroom; performance theatres; exhibition spaces; and photography, graphic design and animation and visual effects facilities. Our courses have real flexibility - on-campus students gain a competitive advantage in industry through practical learning, internships and other invaluable networking opportunities, while online students have the choice to study from their own studio or home. Postgraduate students are supervised by senior academic staff who all have substantial industry experience. The staff also have extensive experience in publications (academic journals and books), presentations at domestic and international conferences, and regularly interact with the industry to stay in touch with developments and changes.

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study
    • SSS033 - Transition from TAFE / VET to University (F2F Workshop)

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills in the area of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS024 Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (Intended primarily for International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 Academic Writing Skills (FACE TO FACE WORKSHOP ONLY)
    • SSS034 Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    • SSS035 Critical Thinking

    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on theSTUDY LINKwebsite.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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