Bachelor of Performing Arts (Stage and Screen)
Student Domestic
Study mode On campus
Campus locations Sydney
DurationFull-time: 3 years
Start date

14 Feb 2022

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This course is accredited by Torrens University Australia ABN 99 154 937 005, RTO 41343, CRICOS 03389E and delivered by the Actor Centre Sydney.

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What is the Bachelor of Performing Arts?

The Bachelor of Performing Arts (Stage and Screen) is a three-year course delivered by Actors Centre Australia in partnership with Torrens University Australia. Progression through the course results in industry-recognised skills and knowledge. These include a variety of applied contexts and self-management learning tasks that enable students to confidently move forward to more advanced learning and employment.
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Subjects and units

Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising of 8 hours of facilitated study and 2 hours of self-directed study.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
8 Core subjects
  • Voice and Movement Foundations VMF101 
    This subject explores the foundations of vocal and movement training for the professional actor. Students will acquire and demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical, technical and practical concepts of voice and movement training. They will learn to comprehend the nature of the vocal process, as well as to use the voice with dexterity and effective vocal dynamics. They will explore a range of movement modalities, and develop an understanding of personal physical alignment, centring, transformation, and the connections between voice and body. Students will alsobegin to investigate the technical craft required of the actor, as well as explore their creativity and imagination within an acting ensemble.
  • Acting - Unpacking the Fundamentals | ACF101 
    This subject explores the fundamentals of acting. Students will learn to connect to other actors in the space with imagination, confidence, and with the full engagement of their voice and body, living within the world of their scene, telling the story with clarity and with a deep sense of truth. Classes will address the development of a personal acting process through exploration of well-written text. Students will be required to gain skill in the analysis of text, to personalise the world of the scene, and therefore the world of the play. Focus will be given to the integration of voice and body in acting.
  • Performance Fundamentals | PEF101 
    This subject explores the fundamentals of acting. Students will learn to connect to other actors in the space with imagination, confidence, and with the full engagement of their voice and body, living within the world of their scene, telling the story with clarity and with a deep sense of truth. Classes will address the development of a personal acting process through exploration of well-written text. Students will be required to gain skill in the analysis of text, to personalise the world of the scene, and therefore the world of the play. Focus will be given to the integration of voice and body in acting.
  • Voice and Movement Exploration | VME101 
    This subject further engages with the process of vocal and movement training for the professional actor. Students will understand and learn to use breath, and work towards removal of existing restrictive vocal patterns. This subject also continues the exploration of movement in relationship to observation of the self, as well as the physical neutrality needed by the actor. Movement disciplines explored may include yoga, pilates, biomechanics, and the Suzuki Method of Training.
  • Acting with Script | ACS101 
    This subject requires the analysis of a scene from an Australian play, focusing on developing the foundations of a basic acting process using accessible text. Students will analyse a scene with perception and clarity, rehearse it with motivated physical and emotional life, and perform it with precision and in connection with all the performance elements. There is also attention given to learning how to contribute to a collaborative rehearsal process with peers and director, and to learn how to use the acting space for clarity and effect.
  • Acting Languages | ACL101 
    This subject investigates the expressive potential of the body and of language. Students will explore the fundamentals of mask work and also address commedia dell’arte and other archetypes that have informed Western theatrical traditions since the Renaissance. Students will investigate the mask’s physicality as a means to define character and achieve transformation. Classes within this subject will also focus on the topic of language as a key to understanding character, as well as the use of language to create dramatic action and atmosphereon stage, film and television. Subsequent classes will focus on the actor’s ability to physically transform and use the application of the animal process as a working tool for understanding and expressing inner character for acting performance. They will recreate the physical and emotional life of the animal, identify physical habits and comfort zones that limit or pre-determine an actor’s ability, and work from impulse rather than from pre-determine outcomes.
  • Voice and Movement Behaviours | VMB101 
    This subject continues the student’s investigation into vocal and physical behaviours. Voice classes will focus on how the actor’s voice can reveal the emotional, intellectual and psychological dynamics of text. Students will continue to explore a variety of movement modalities in this subject, including yoga, Alexander Technique, ballet, in order to acquire a self-guided practice and develop a routine to assimilate body, mind and breath.This trimester has a specific focus on the application and integration of the vocal and movement techniques explored through the First Year of actor training.
  • Performance as Storytelling | PAS101 
    This subject explores three topics: devised performance, stagecraft, and improvisation. The devised performance requires the student to take part in a collaborative theatre project writing, structuring and then completing a public performance of a new piece of theatre. Students will also learn to use the basic rules of stage movement, incorporate the useof set and props to enhance performance, and apply stage movement rules, conventions and the principles of timing to a scene. Improvisation classes will enable actors to begin to build scenes, accept and build offers within a structured improvisation, anduse these techniques to explore characters. Focus will also be given to how an actor expresses ideas and impulses spontaneously, creates comic and dramatic improvisations, and develops the facility to tell an engaging story.
8 Core subjects
  • Voice and Movement Genres | VMG201 
    This subject aims to deepen the student’s understanding of how an individual or a group can more effectively harness physical capacity in performance. It requires the student to apply body training methodology and body mind/breath connection to a public performance of a text-based creation as well as a newly devised choreographed movement piece.
  • Acting Character and Play | ACP201 
    Students will explore the creation of character and develop a process to inhabit a character’s physical and vocal qualities, as well as create a history and psychological profile for the character. They will write a monologue for their character and definea process to transfer an observed character into performance. Students will also identify and discuss the physical actions and psychological behaviours of a character in an existing text, as well as identifying inciting incidents, crises and the climaxes of the text. This work will climax in a classroom presentation.
  • Voice and Movement Projects 1 | VMP201 
    This subject aims to deepen the student’s knowledge, understanding and experience of voice and body in a range of classroom situations. They will be required to reveal freedom of emotional impulse in voice and body, congruent with truthful connection to language and character. Students will further engage with the theoretical and practical aspects of movement for the actor as embodied in a variety of physical disciplines, which may include yoga, Pilates, Alexander and/or the Suzuki Method of Training.In this trimester students will also begin their study of regional accent and dialect in voice class.
  • Performance Realism | PER201 
    In this subject the student will explore complex texts demanding the actor to live, in the project, as a character in a different culture from their own. The subject requires skills and knowledge to deal with the intricate psychological and emotional landscapes of complex texts. They will also connect to a deep inner monologue and understand its dramatic use and be required to fully utilise the physical and vocal skills necessary for performance while successfully serving the director’s vision. Students will move vocally, physically and professionally beyond their own interpretation in order to apply the director’s vision in practice.
  • Acting Disciplines | ACD201 
    This subject consolidates the student’s understanding and implementation of psychological action, emotional release techniques and detailed character embodiment. Investigation will also continue into defining a process of transferring an observed character into performance. Activities will include locating, observing and creating a challenging character from the real world and bringing that transformation onto the stage with physical and vocal precision and clarity. Students will also embark on research into Shakespearean text, beginning their investigation of its linguistic characteristics and using the full range of the emotional potential of these heightened texts. Students will also develop a methodology for reading and contextualizing a performance text, examining the theatrical conventions and cultural assumptions contained within it, as well as devising a performance that incorporates an exploration of the period and text in question.
  • Performing Shakespeare | PES201 
    This subject will focus on Shakespearean text in performance, teaching the student the technical skills necessary to use heightened language, in both prose and verse. It will also focus on the use of thought, action and charged emotional release through the rehearsal and performance process using quality classic writing. Students will be required to explore the linguistic precision of classic text, apply explore and demonstrate the characteristics and rules of classic text in rehearsal and performance, create charged and dramatic physical life onstage, utilise the full range of emotional potential available to the actor, and explore, expand and demonstrate the depth and range of the actor's physical and emotional instrument.
  • Voice and Movement Projects 2 | VMP202 
    This subject continues the student’s creative engagement with the vocal, physical and now also musical tools necessary for a professional actor. Topics include an investigation into flexible, dynamic delivery, a variety of movement modalities, the exploration of a consolidation of singing training through research and performance projects, as well as a continuation of the student’s study of regional accent and dialects.
  • Acting for Stage and Camera | ASC201 
    This subject explores acting in the mediums of television and film. Students will learn to prepare, rehearse and shoot a scene for these media. Topics include performing for camera with appropriate level of projection, rehearsing a scene using onset skills and knowledge including an understanding of hitting marks and directing focus, as well as shot sizes, framing and camera movement. This subject will also continue the student’s investigation into Improvisation, with a focus on accepting and extending offers, advancing an improvised narrative, investigating status relationships and introducing crisis into the narrative of story.
8 Core subjects
  • Voice and Movement Advanced Principles | VMA301 
    Students will extend their voice work in performance through the preparation of complex text and master the voice support needed to deal with sophisticated language. They will also apply self-maintenance of a healthy and resilient voice throughout a range of performance activities. Students will use physical resources instinctively as part of the actor’s physical practice. They will utilize principles of safety in a specialized area of physical practice [e.g. stage combat], as well as performed a choreographed sequence effectively and with style.
  • Acting - Reflection and Activation | ARA301 
    This subject will also focus on the student’s own sense of self through an exploration of the concept of Inner Mask. The construct of the self provides a large proportion of the raw material for creative artists. This exploration is about the relationship of the self to the world, within the context of a theatrical performance. Students are required to create a private and personal mask and bring it to life in a way that is public and revelatory. It also requires the extension of personal learning beyond element, animal and myth work to the discovery of the components of comedy through Mask. Students will rehearse, perform, produce and market a season of one-act plays for public performance.
  • Acting with Emotional Release | ACE301 
    Students will develop heightened emotional dynamics and detail in the transactions between characters, explore emotional release appropriate to the scene, play at high speed with high stakes, and implement stagecraft without requiring direction. The subject also advances the student’s understanding of how to prepare for and act a detailed and prolonged acting scene using advanced improvisation techniques, being able to release their energies with detail and dexterity through spoken text and action. They will also plot onstage transactions and devise and perform the scene’s emotional score, with the aim being to deepen and layer the actor’s onstage performance.
  • Voice and Movement Complex Performance | VMC301 
    This subject explores the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to perform choreographed dance routines, as well as combat sequences. It is focused on the realisation of the actor’s choreographed movement practice in performance. This subject also focuses on the development and adaptability of vocal technique to professional requirements in theatre, film, television and voice-over. Focus is also given in both topics to consolidating a personal practice in regard to vocal and physical self-maintenance
  • Performance Graduation Play | PGPT301 
    This subject deals with both complex text and cultural idioms, with an additional focus on accents and dialects. The subject requires an advanced understanding of language, style and accent, leading to a dynamic physicality in the delivery of the text. The student will research, analyse, interpret and physicalise the text and character, rehearse the text using effective rehearsal processes, and perform the text in a public presentation
  • Acting Laboratory | ACL301 
    This subject explores a number of acting scenarios and learning environments: working on texts for simulated auditions for theatre and for screen in a workshop laboratory situation. Students will analyse text and bring the choices made to life in rehearsal with speed, clarity and skill. The subject also deals with increasing an actor’s personal employability by uncovering and overcoming their personal blocks and limitations, as well as developing skills and knowledge that address the demands and specific requirements of the professional audition process. Subsequent classes will address the more intricate and detailed elements in the actor’s onstage process, including advanced improvisation techniques, being able to release energies with detail and dexterity through text and action, and being able to plot onstage transactions and score a scene with dexterity. Within this subject, the students will continue their investigation into the skills and knowledge to act professionally in film, tv and online media, interactive media and commercial arenas. They will prepare for and film screen tests, analysing the different types of tests they might do and what they might require. Students will respond to direction given during the screen test and work safely and with emotional maturity and consistent focus throughout the screen test. There will also be a number of masterclasses offered in for example, script writing, editing, and sound editing.
  • Voice and Movement Mastery | VMM301 
    This subject explores the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to demonstrate the development and adaptability of vocal technique to professional performance requirements in theatre, film, television and radio. Students will master the use of their voice for stamina, consistency, flexibility and extended cadence. Students will continue to attend singing classes and acquire knowledge, understanding and experience of singing in a range of public performance situations [duets, solos].
  • PEC301 Performance Capstone
    This subject includes skills and knowledge required for developing audition techniques for the professional actors. Students will demonstrate effective sight-reading technique, make bold choices, and collaborate with a director to identify the director’s vision and to build an empowering relationship. This subject explores the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required for detailed television and film acting on a professional, film and television context. It deals with analysing, rehearsing and performing scenes for camera or multiple camera coverage. The subject requires a high standard of professionalism and adherence to onset protocols. In the final part of this subject, students rehearse and perform a monologue or scene, from either theatre or film/television, to industry directors and agents in order to showcase their talent, technique and contribution to the profession and to prospective industry employers. Students will produce, in collaboration with a professional director and camera crew a complete, edited, professional show reel for screening at their industry showcase, to maximize employment opportunities.

Industry partnerships

We offer the Bachelor of Performing Arts (Stage and Screen) in partnership with Actors Centre Australia. Delivered within a learning environment that reflects real workplace conditions, this course is highly relevant to a student’s future employment in the performing arts sector.
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Learning outcomes

  • Apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge and skills to a range of contexts, genres and styles for public performance.
  • Collaborate in the production of works in a variety of performance styles for theatre, film, television and online media, and consolidate an individual and ensemble performance-making practice.
  • Research and explore theoretical and practical knowledge in a variety of philosophies and methodologies of acting within the contexts of contemporary and classical performance practice.
  • Apply critical thinking and judgement in problem-solving and decision-making as it relates to the research and rehearsal of performance projects. 
     
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Domestic entry requirements, fees and scholarships


Admissions criteria and pathways: Domestic students

Before you begin your course application, check that you meet the requirements listed below
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Year 12 (Australian secondary school certificate) or equivalent.
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OR Work/life experience demonstrating the ability to undertake study at the required level
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AND Successful completion of two rounds of auditions.

Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Fees: Domestic students

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    Check the Domestic Course Fee Schedule for the cost of your course.

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  • FEE-HELP
    Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.

    View more info on fees

Scholarships: Domestic students

We’re serious about supporting your studies from start to success, which is why we offer the opportunity to earn a reduction in your course fees, so you can focus on getting into a career you’ll love.

How to apply: Domestic students

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  • What does admissions criteria mean?

    Admissions criteria is a set of criteria that must be met to be eligible to apply for a chosen course.

    To gain entry to an accredited undergraduate course at Torrens University Australia, applicants must both satisfy general admissions criteria and meet any additional course requirements where specified.

    All admissions criteria and course-specific requirements apply consistently across campus locations and study modes. To find out more, visit admissions criteria.

  • What if I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?

    Torrens University Australia has recognised pathways to help you gain entry into our bachelor degrees based on different criteria.

    To find out more, visit Study pathways or contact one of our knowledgeable Course and Careers Advisors.

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    ALL SA/SACE and Victorian high school students must apply through SATAC and/or VTAC. Search for Torrens University Australia, Billy Blue College of Design or Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School. International applicants may also need to demonstrate compliance with relevant legislative requirements, for example, requirements for student visas (this does not apply for online study outside of Australia).

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  • What are Torrens University Australia’s courses’ ATAR requirements?
    Torrens University Australia no longer considers ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) as our primary entry requirement. We have removed ATAR as the key admissions criteria for applicants aiming to study at Torrens University Australia. We strongly believed an alternative to the ATAR system should be found, which more broadly assesses students, especially when soft skills are emerging as important employability attributes. So, students with a recent secondary school education are now considered for admission if they have a Year 12 (Australian secondary school) certificate.
  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?

    Yes, course credit is available upon application and academic approval.

    If you have already completed a qualification or have relevant work experience, you may be able to receive credits towards your degree. This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

    Our Program Directors will carefully review the learning gained from your previous qualification and/or experience to ensure we provide you with credit towards our degrees whenever appropriate. Review our course credits page or chat to one of Course and Careers Advisors.

  • What are course credits?

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    There are lots of resources to help you prepare for university life. Attend one of our workshops or events and get some tips firsthand from our industry-focused lecturers and current students.

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  • What is the Early Entry Program?

    The Torrens University Australia Early Entry Program has been created to allow you to apply and secure your place for your chosen course before you finish your Year 12 exams.

    To find out more, visit Early Entry Program or email enquiries@tua.edu.au or phone 1300 575 803.

  • What are pathways?

    All Torrens University Australia courses have specific entry requirements, but we also offer multiple pathways into courses when you don’t meet those entry requirements.

    There are different pathways for different courses. For example, we offer a range of diploma courses which pathway into bachelor degrees in Business, Design and Creative Technology, Health and Hospitality. We also have graduate certificate and graduate diploma courses which pathway into masters courses in Business, Global Project Management, Sports Management, Health, Education, Design and Hospitality. 

    For more information on different types of pathways available, visit study pathways.

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  • Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?

    To get a FEE-HELP loan, you must:

    • be an Australian citizen and study at least part of your course in Australia, or
    • be a New Zealand Special Category visa (SCV) holder or permanent humanitarian visa holder and meet the residency requirements.
    • be enrolled in a fee-paying place at a provider that offers FEE-HELP loans
    • be enrolled in an eligible course at your provider by the census date (your provider can tell you if your course is eligible)
    • submit the Request for FEE-HELP form to your provider by the census date
    • not have already borrowed up to your HELP loan limit.

    Permanent residents can only get FEE-HELP for approved bridging studies.

    If you are studying at a non-university, you will also need to meet the ‘pass rate’ requirements.

    You can find out more information on the StudyAssist website at https://www.studyassist.gov.au/fee-help or speak to a Course and Careers Advisor and we can guide you through the process.

  • Am I a domestic or an international student?

    Domestic students are Australian and Permanent Residents. International students are those who hold citizenship or Permanent Resident status of all other countries.

    International students from countries whose first official language is one other than English need to provide evidence of English Language Proficiency.

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