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STUDY ACTING

If you dream of a career as an Actor or Stage Performer, this course is for you.

The Acting course is perfect for students who want to be performers in a variety of performing arts fields including stage and theatre productions. You will be taught and mentored by experienced industry experts who are currently working as actors and performers.

With units focusing on theatre studies, improvisation, acting studio and performance, Australian theatre, and critical thinking, you will gain the sound theoretical grounding and industry awareness to develop skills and knowledge in acting, alongside experience in collaboration and theatre production.

You will learn in small-sized classes so that you finish the degree with a wealth of hands-on experience.

Acting students also work closely with students from other courses to gain a well-rounded understanding of processes involved in the theatre and performing arts industry.

Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in sought-after industry placements. You will also work closely with students from other courses to foster a well-rounded understanding of the arts and entertainment industries.

Collarts offers students a variety of real-life industry experiences so that they are career-ready when they graduate. Through our industry partnerships, students have opportunities to gain access to a variety of real-world experiences and industry connections.

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CRICOS CODE

→ Bachelor of Performing Arts (Acting) - 2 Years: 109168D
→ Bachelor of Performing Arts (Acting) - 3 Years: 109169C

→ Diploma of Performing Arts - 2 Trimesters: 109174F
→ Diploma of Performing Arts - 3 Trimesters: 109175E

OPPORTUNITIES & EXPERIENCES

 

Gain an in-depth understanding of acting, stage performing and theatre

Develop broad and coherent knowledge of the key theories and principles of the performing arts with creative and technical skills

Evaluate theoretical concepts, technical processes, and creative and cultural ideas

Communicate specialist knowledge of acting and performance using modes of expression suited to audience, purpose and context

Adapt knowledge and skills in acting and performance through creativity, innovation and relevant critical inquiry

Get real-life experience through 60 hours of industry placement in the Bachelor course

 Collaborate on industry projects with students from other courses

Study on-campus with access to all of Collarts’ campus facilities

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WHAT IT MEANS TO CHOOSE COLLARTS

Here at Collarts, we do things a little differently than other major universities and colleges. We call it The Collarts Way. It’s what makes us stand out from the crowd and why we’re proud to be the place where so many creative students have found their study home. When comparing your future study options, here's everything you should keep in mind about us.

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MEET THE COLLARTS STUDENT SUPPORT TEAM

Whether you’re frustrated about your timetable or just looking for someone to talk to, our Wellbeing Practitioners and Student Services team (alongside the Student Advisors, who are all graduates of Collarts) will help you find a little bit of comfort in your day. 

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COLLARTS LAUNCHES NEW PERFORMING ARTS COURSES

Collarts is proud to announce the launch of three new performing arts courses: Acting, Stage Management, and Writing & Directing. With this course expansion, we're truly embracing the stage in all its forms, with a particular focus on the beloved theatre.

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INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS

  • Falls Festival
  • Dolby Atmos
  • Ego Expo
  • UNIFY Gathering
  • Melbourne Fashion Week

"A textbook can only teach you so much. Collarts has the leading choice of partnerships for all the major festivals. These experiences are top-notch and second-to-none."

WILL PETTS

Audio Engineering Student

Will Petts working audio at UNIFY

"Collarts has given me so many opportunities. Studying here let me meet all the people in my band and showed me so many techniques I can apply to my own style."

JOHNNY COSTIN

Music Performance Student

Johnny Costin playing guitar on stage

"Studying at Collarts allowed me to gain music industry experience and put my foot in the door. It gave me the confidence to use that tool and reach out to different people in the industry, and get my name out there."

BRIDGET MCMULLEN

Entertainment Management Graduate

Bridget McMullen

HOW TO APPLY

APPLICATION
01

Apply online via the Apply Now button on the page. Soon afterwards, our International Team will contact you.

DOCUMENTATION
02

Organise and submit the requested documentation for your application, ensuring all details are correct.

INTERVIEW AND/OR AUDITION
03

Book and attend an interview and/or audition, where you will meet our friendly International Team.

OFFER
04

If your application is successful, Collarts will issue a Letter of Offer and invoice directly to you.

ACCEPTANCE
05

To accept your offer, you must return a signed Student Agreement with receipt of payment.

CONFIRMATION
06

Once your offer is accepted and your payment received, Collarts will issue an Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE) as evidence of your enrolment.

HEALTH COVER
07

Once you have your eCoE you must purchase your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

VISA
08

To prepare for your studies in Australia, you must apply for your Visa.

START YOUR #FUTURENOW AT COLLLARTS
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Congratulations! You're ready to start studying at Collarts.

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BACHELOR OF PERFORMING ARTS (ACTING)

 

The Bachelor of Performing Arts (Acting) course offers extensive knowledge on the performing arts industry and is perfect for students wanting to work as performers in a variety of performing arts fields including stage and theatre. 

The Bachelor degree can be completed in accelerated mode over six trimesters (2 years) or standard mode over nine trimesters (3 years) of full-time study.

 

THROUGHOUT THE DEGREE, YOU WILL

 

Gain an in-depth understanding of acting, stage performing and theatre

Develop broad and coherent knowledge of the key theories and principles of the performing arts with creative and technical skills

Evaluate theoretical concepts, technical processes, and creative and cultural ideas

Communicate specialist knowledge of acting and performance using modes of expression suited to audience, purpose and context

Adapt knowledge and skills in acting and performance through creativity, innovation and relevant critical inquiry

Get real-life experience through 60 hours of industry placement in the Bachelor course

 Collaborate on industry projects with students from other courses

Study on-campus with access to all of Collarts’ campus facilities


The Diploma of Performing Arts and Bachelor of Performing Arts (Acting) are recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited through CRICOS; CRICOS Code 109174F (2 trimesters), 109175E (3 trimesters), 109168D (2 years), 109169C (3 years).

DIPLOMA OF PERFORMING ARTS

 

The Diploma of Performing Arts is an interdisciplinary performing arts program nested within a suite of bachelors degrees in Acting, Writing and Directing, and Stage Management.

The Diploma of Performing Arts course offers foundational knowledge of the performing arts industry and is perfect for students wanting to work as performers in a variety of performing arts fields including stage and theatre.

The diploma can be completed in accelerated mode over two trimesters (8 months) or standard mode in three trimesters (12 months) of full-time study. You also have the opportunity to progress into the Bachelor Degree (subject to academic performance).

 

THROUGHOUT THE DIPLOMA, YOU WILL

 

Develop broad and coherent knowledge of the theories, concepts, and social functions associated with performance

Utilise theoretical, practical, and creative knowledge to enter the performing arts industry at an introductory level

Analyse information from a range of sources to evaluate approaches to unpredictable problems and changing contexts in performing arts practice

Employ cognitive, technical, and communication skills in performing arts practice

Communicate key specialist knowledge of performing arts practice as a basis for collaboration and community engagement

Exercise initiative and judgement in decision-making and planning for performing arts practice

Apply theoretical, creative, and technical knowledge and skills to performing arts practice

Work autonomously on performing arts projects with responsibility and accountability for own outputs in independent or collaborative situations

Get real-life experience through industry placements

Collaborate on industry projects with students from other courses

Study on-campus with access to all of Collarts’ campus facilities

The Diploma of Performing Arts and Bachelor of Performing Arts (Acting) are recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited through CRICOS; CRICOS Code 109174F (2 trimesters), 109175E (3 trimesters), 109168D (2 years), 109169C (3 years).

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 

 Applicants will need to attend an admissions interview. You will be asked questions about your experience, background, and interest in the course and/or industry

 Applicants are required to present a 300-word statement of engagement with the performing arts that reflects on an experience they consider to be a catalyst for their interest in the discipline

 Applicants will be required to attend a group audition. The group audition involves:

* Group warm-up
* Individual performance of an audition speech/monologue no longer than 3 minutes
* Interview

You can choose an audition piece of your choice, whether it's from Greek tragedy and Shakespeare, or contemporary theatre or screenplay. Please bring two hard copies of it with you to the audition.

 

You will also need to supply the following documentation to support your application, including:

A certified copy of transcripts and high school certificate (translated if necessary)

English test results or alternative evidence of English proficiency

A certified copy of your passport

A current visa (if applicable)

Proof of GTE and financials (if applicable)

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

 

DIPLOMA AND DEGREE APPLICANTS

International students must meet the following criteria:

Applicants must be at least 18-years-old at course commencement

Successful completion of a senior secondary school certificate equivalent to Australian Year 12

English Proficiency (see below)

Interview

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Our English requirement is an overall IELTS score of 6.0 (with no single band score below 6.0) for all the courses, except Entertainment Journalism and Creative Writing, where students are required to have an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with no single band score below 6.0)

Applicants may also provide the following as evidence of their English proficiency:

Results of English subjects in a range of countries’ secondary school certificate, ALevel or the International Baccalaureate. Please contact international@collarts.edu.au if you have any questions

Successful completion of an English course at any of our pathway providers

BACHELOR

BACHELOR OF PERFORMING ARTS (ACTING)

 

The Bachelor of Performing Arts (Acting) course offers extensive knowledge on the performing arts industry and is perfect for students wanting to work as performers in a variety of performing arts fields including stage and theatre. 

The Bachelor degree can be completed in accelerated mode over six trimesters (2 years) or standard mode over nine trimesters (3 years) of full-time study.

 

THROUGHOUT THE DEGREE, YOU WILL

 

Gain an in-depth understanding of acting, stage performing and theatre

Develop broad and coherent knowledge of the key theories and principles of the performing arts with creative and technical skills

Evaluate theoretical concepts, technical processes, and creative and cultural ideas

Communicate specialist knowledge of acting and performance using modes of expression suited to audience, purpose and context

Adapt knowledge and skills in acting and performance through creativity, innovation and relevant critical inquiry

Get real-life experience through 60 hours of industry placement in the Bachelor course

 Collaborate on industry projects with students from other courses

Study on-campus with access to all of Collarts’ campus facilities


The Diploma of Performing Arts and Bachelor of Performing Arts (Acting) are recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited through CRICOS; CRICOS Code 109174F (2 trimesters), 109175E (3 trimesters), 109168D (2 years), 109169C (3 years).

DIPLOMA

DIPLOMA OF PERFORMING ARTS

 

The Diploma of Performing Arts is an interdisciplinary performing arts program nested within a suite of bachelors degrees in Acting, Writing and Directing, and Stage Management.

The Diploma of Performing Arts course offers foundational knowledge of the performing arts industry and is perfect for students wanting to work as performers in a variety of performing arts fields including stage and theatre.

The diploma can be completed in accelerated mode over two trimesters (8 months) or standard mode in three trimesters (12 months) of full-time study. You also have the opportunity to progress into the Bachelor Degree (subject to academic performance).

 

THROUGHOUT THE DIPLOMA, YOU WILL

 

Develop broad and coherent knowledge of the theories, concepts, and social functions associated with performance

Utilise theoretical, practical, and creative knowledge to enter the performing arts industry at an introductory level

Analyse information from a range of sources to evaluate approaches to unpredictable problems and changing contexts in performing arts practice

Employ cognitive, technical, and communication skills in performing arts practice

Communicate key specialist knowledge of performing arts practice as a basis for collaboration and community engagement

Exercise initiative and judgement in decision-making and planning for performing arts practice

Apply theoretical, creative, and technical knowledge and skills to performing arts practice

Work autonomously on performing arts projects with responsibility and accountability for own outputs in independent or collaborative situations

Get real-life experience through industry placements

Collaborate on industry projects with students from other courses

Study on-campus with access to all of Collarts’ campus facilities

The Diploma of Performing Arts and Bachelor of Performing Arts (Acting) are recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited through CRICOS; CRICOS Code 109174F (2 trimesters), 109175E (3 trimesters), 109168D (2 years), 109169C (3 years).

ELIGIBILITY & ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 

 Applicants will need to attend an admissions interview. You will be asked questions about your experience, background, and interest in the course and/or industry

 Applicants are required to present a 300-word statement of engagement with the performing arts that reflects on an experience they consider to be a catalyst for their interest in the discipline

 Applicants will be required to attend a group audition. The group audition involves:

* Group warm-up
* Individual performance of an audition speech/monologue no longer than 3 minutes
* Interview

You can choose an audition piece of your choice, whether it's from Greek tragedy and Shakespeare, or contemporary theatre or screenplay. Please bring two hard copies of it with you to the audition.

 

You will also need to supply the following documentation to support your application, including:

A certified copy of transcripts and high school certificate (translated if necessary)

English test results or alternative evidence of English proficiency

A certified copy of your passport

A current visa (if applicable)

Proof of GTE and financials (if applicable)

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

 

DIPLOMA AND DEGREE APPLICANTS

International students must meet the following criteria:

Applicants must be at least 18-years-old at course commencement

Successful completion of a senior secondary school certificate equivalent to Australian Year 12

English Proficiency (see below)

Interview

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Our English requirement is an overall IELTS score of 6.0 (with no single band score below 6.0) for all the courses, except Entertainment Journalism and Creative Writing, where students are required to have an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with no single band score below 6.0)

Applicants may also provide the following as evidence of their English proficiency:

Results of English subjects in a range of countries’ secondary school certificate, ALevel or the International Baccalaureate. Please contact international@collarts.edu.au if you have any questions

Successful completion of an English course at any of our pathway providers

KEY INFORMATION

Start Dates
Start Dates
February, May and September
Abacus
Number of Credit Points
48 in Diploma
(Across 7 Units)
144 in Bachelor
(Across 21 Units)
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Duration
Diploma 2 Trimesters/ 3 Trimesters

Bachelor 2 Years / 3 Years
Study Mode
Study Mode
On-Campus
Support Services
Support Services
Free Access to Wellbeing & Academic Support
Industry Placement
Industry Placement
60 Hours of Industry Placement
CRICOS Code
CRICOS Code
Bachelor: 109168D/109169C
Diploma: 109174F/109175E
International Fees
International Fees On-Campus
$2974.50 per unit
International Fees Online
Not available online

Course Structure

Delivery Mode - On-Campus
FIRST YEAR THEORY PERFORMANCE PRODUCTION INDUSTRY AWARENESS
Trimester 1 Introduction to Theatre Studies 1 Introduction to Theatre Making Critical Thinking
Trimester 2 Introduction to Theatre Studies 2 Acting Foundations Critical Survey
Trimester 3 Ensemble Production Ensemble Production
SECOND YEAR THEORY ACTING STUDIO ACTING STUDIO INDUSTRY AWARENESS
Trimester 1 Twentieth Century Practice Acting Studio & Performance Acting Studio & Performance
Trimester 2 Collaborative Project Collaborative Project Creative Arts, Social Impact & the Community + Elective 1
Trimester 3 Australian Theatre Creative Arts Practices + Elective 2
THIRD YEAR THEORY ACTING STUDIO ACTING STUDIO INDUSTRY AWARENESS
Trimester 1 Twenty-First Century Influences Improvisation Screen Acting
Trimester 2 Performance Innovation Group Project + Elective 3
Trimester 3 Capstone Production Capstone Production Industry Placement or Professional Portfolio

LIFE IN MELBOURNE

WHAT TO EXPECT STUDYING IN MELBOURNE

Melbourne’s love for all things creative makes it an excellent place to live and study. A popular choice for international students, the city also embraces high- quality education and supports students in their ability to thrive. Study in Melbourne and hone your creative career at Collarts.

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MEET INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SARA

International student Sara shares her experience studying at Collarts, travelling all the way from Denmark and starting her career in Music Performance in Australia.

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MEET INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PAULO

Flying over from the Philippines, international student Paulo shares why he chose to start his career in Entertainment Management in Australia.

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Wellington St Campus

208 Wellington St, Collingwood VIC 3066

OPENING HOURS

Mon-Fri – 8:30am-10pm
Sat – 9am-5pm
Sun – 10am-4pm

George St Campus

2/156 George St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

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Mon-Thu – 8:30am-8pm 
Fri – 8:30am-5pm 
Sat-Sun – Closed

Cromwell St Campus

67/69 Cromwell St, Collingwood VIC 3066

OPENING HOURS

Mon-Fri – 8:30am-8pm 
Sat-Sun – 10am-4pm

Brunswick St Campus

209 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

OPENING HOURS

Mon-Fri – 8:30am-10pm
Sat – 9am-5pm
Sun – 10am-4pm