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ARB401 | 102455J | CRICOS Provider number 00212K

Bachelor of Creative Industries (Acting and Performance)

In partnership with the University of Canberra

Take centre stage and establish your acting and performance career with this degree. You will develop a range of highly advanced practical skills and specialised knowledge.  

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NEXT INTAKE On campus: South Bank Start date: 06 Feb 2023 Duration: 3 years
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane
WAYS TO STUDY On campus
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Annual indicative cost
$8,020

Course overview

Take centre stage and establish your acting and performance career with this degree. You will develop a range of highly advanced practical skills and specialised knowledge.  

This program focuses on the craft and art of acting and performance. The course offers lively, detailed and focused training in acting, voice and body skills and gives students regular performance opportunities to perform for live audiences. You will unleash your creative voice as an independent performance maker and develop as an actor and performer who thinks for themselves and respects their own ideas and ideals.

During the course you will be exposed to plays, readings, online resources and academic materials that have been designed to inspire, challenge and motivate the training actor.

The program is tailored for those students who want to engage in a professional career as a stage or film actor, performing artist or performance maker.

What can I do?

  • Actor
  • Performer
  • Main-stage theatre
  • Independent theatre
  • Film and TV
  • Self-devised Work
  • Producer
  • Playwriting
  • Director
  • Radio
  • Voice-over work

Course outcome:

ARB401 Bachelor of Creative Industries (Acting and Performance)

Specialised training facilities

Acting students have access to a range of specialised facilities, allowing you to develop your craft and hone your skills in a professional environment. Our fully-equipped black box theatre and breakout and rehearsal rooms are all fitted out with lighting and AV equipment, ensuring a seamless transition from the classroom to the stage.

Entrepreneurial thinking

In every degree offered, we instill in our students the entrepreneurial thinking required to stand out in the new workforce. This will transform you into cross-collaborative, multidisciplinary workers who can break through the walls of tradition and build a new way forward.

What you will study

This is a typical study pattern and may differ depending on credit received. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

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Year 1 - Semester 1

  • Year 1 - Semester 1

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  • 11591
    Professional Orientation (Creative Industries and digital Design) - Level 1
    UNIT CODE :
    11591
    Unit description :
    This unit introduces students to the diverse opportunities in the world of creative and digital design industries. Aspects that will be considered include: contemporary demands of the industry including social responsibility, ethical and sustainability issues. Through engagement with industry and community, students will gain an understanding of global discipline knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform as responsible, capable creative industry and digital design professionals. Students will start their career awareness and planning through approaches such as five year plans and ePortfolios.
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  • Professional Orientation (Creative Industries and digital Design) - Level 1
    (Credit Points: 3)

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  • 9711
    Performance Skills 1 - Level 1
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    9711
    Unit description :
    Through both practical and theoretical study the student will develop fundamental performance skills in acting, voice and body at an introductory level. The students will be introduced to fundamental concepts of acting as theorised by Stanislavsky and other related practitioners through the study of monologues and duologues, plays and theoretical writings. The students will be introduced to vocal technique for the actor. Various texts and writings of a variety of internally recognised voice teachers will be explored in this course. The students will commence physical performance training to condition and strengthen the body. They will be introduced to the history of performer training and various key theatre practitioners. This subject will also focus on developing communication skills in academic and creative contexts.
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  • Performance Skills 1 - Level 1
    (Credit Points: 3)

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  • 9717
    Production Theatre Skills - Level 1
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    9717
    Unit description :
    This unit will require first year students to consolidate the skills and knowledge acquired in acting, vocal, and body studies and related theatre history/theory. They will integrate them in an exhaustive rehearsal process that will culminate in a full production of a devised performance combining text and physicality for a short public season. Students will be exposed to the process of lighting and sound design implementation and stage management through participation in technical rehearsals. Students will engage in text analysis and research activities for the duration of the rehearsal process to explore and study the performance text in-depth.
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  • Production Theatre Skills - Level 1
    (Credit Points: 3)

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    Open Elective Unit
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  • Open Elective Unit
    (Credit Points: 3)

Year 1 - Semester 2

  • Year 1 - Semester 2

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  • 11595
    The Big Picture - Level 2
    UNIT CODE :
    11595
    Unit description :
    This project-based unit provides students with a unique opportunity, working in small cross-disciplinary teams, to explore courageous or experimental projects, without the pressure of having to produce something that is objectively 'successful'. Assessment in this unit will focus not upon the quality or otherwise of the group-driven creative outputs, but rather upon the reflective, individual exegetical and reflective components that accompany them.
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  • The Big Picture - Level 2
    (Credit Points: 3)

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  • 9712
    Performance Skills 2 - Level 1
    UNIT CODE :
    9712
    Unit description :
    This subject deepens the first year students practice by challenging them to further develop the skills and knowledge acquired in Performance Skills 1. The students will continue to develop their acting technique through the study of a range of theorists and playwrights of the 20th Century and exploring some important thematic and literary currents in dramatic literature and theory. The students will continue to explore and develop a free voice and vocal flexibility by performing a wide variety of texts and will extend their understanding of different voice training methodologies. The students will continue physical performance training to condition and strengthen the body. They will be introduced to the theory and philosophy of specific training methodologies. This subject will also focus on developing communication skills in academic and creative contexts.
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  • Performance Skills 2 - Level 1
    (Credit Points: 3)

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    Open Elective Unit
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    OEU
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  • Open Elective Unit
    (Credit Points: 3)

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    Open Elective Unit
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  • Open Elective Unit
    (Credit Points: 3)

Year 2 - Semester 1

  • Year 2 - Semester 1

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  • 11596
    Creativity and Culture: Truth and Ideation - Level 2
    UNIT CODE :
    11596
    Unit description :
    This unit challenges the notions of truth and knowledge. It will explore the idea of cultural relativity and challenge our own way of thinking. Knowledge generation will be examined by exploring fictional and historical worlds that establish their own truths and ideations.
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  • Creativity and Culture: Truth and Ideation - Level 2
    (Credit Points: 3)

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  • 9713
    Performance and Skills 3 - Level 2
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    9713
    Unit description :
    This subject deepens the second year students practice by challenging them to employ performance training techniques at a developing intermediate level. The students will continue to refine their acting technique through the study and performance of Shakespearean and other heightened texts. The students will continue to refine their vocal technique through the extensive exploration of vocal range and the handling and presentation of classical text through performances of Shakespearean texts. The students will continue to engage in physical performance training to study the use of the body as an instrument of expression and power for performance. They will be introduced to the theory of various 20th century models of performer training and explore their impact on contemporary forms of physical theatre practice.
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  • Performance and Skills 3 - Level 2
    (Credit Points: 3)

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  • 11593
    Creative Practice 1 - Level 1
    UNIT CODE :
    11593
    Unit description :
    Creative Project 1 focuses on the independent conceptualisation, planning and realisation of a student-generated work in the creative field. The unit aims to introduce the student to working independently as a freelance creative, applying all principles and skills gained from other core units.
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  • Creative Practice 1 - Level 1
    (Credit Points: 3)

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  • OEU
    Open Elective Unit
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    OEU
    Unit description :
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  • Open Elective Unit
    (Credit Points: 3)

Year 2 - Semester 2

  • Year 2 - Semester 2

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  • 11017
    Professional Practice 1: Work Integrated Learning - Level 2
    UNIT CODE :
    11017
    Unit description :
    In this unit students will work with academics, peers and industry partners to apply their learning in real-world contexts, develop employability skills and strengthen the disciplinary skills and knowledge needed to contribute to and excel in their professions. Authentic learning experiences will include simulated workplace experiences, industry collaborations, competitions, internships, exhibitions or studio work.
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  • Professional Practice 1: Work Integrated Learning - Level 2
    (Credit Points: 3)

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  • 9714
    Performance Skills 4 - Level 2
    UNIT CODE :
    9714
    Unit description :
    This subject deepens the second year students practice by challenging them to further develop the skills and knowledge acquired in Performance Skills 3. The students will continue to refine their acting through the exploration of contemporary texts. They will be introduced to the theory of various 20th century models of actor training techniques. The students will continue to refine their vocal technique through the extensive exploration of vocal range and the handling and presentation of classical text through performances of Moliere. The students will continue to engage in physical performance training to study the use of the body as an instrument of expression and power for acting and stage performance. They will be introduced to various concepts and ideas about the body as discussed by a range of performance practitioners.
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  • Performance Skills 4 - Level 2
    (Credit Points: 3)

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  • 9718
    Screen and TV Studies - Level 2
    UNIT CODE :
    9718
    Unit description :
    On completion of the Screen and TV Studies unit, students will have a solid understanding of current screen production environments and the range of opportunities for emerging actors. They should possess the research skills to continue to grow and develop as creative storytellers, and the production skills to create their own showreel scenes. Students will develop on-camera performance skills to engage effectively as actors across a range of screen productions, and to meet the practical and/or creative requirements of the camera and the director. Students will engage in the production of short location scenes that can be utilised in their acting showreels. They will be expected to develop fundamental skills in camera operating, directing, sound recording and editing. Students are introduced to fundamental screen theory, history and grammar.
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  • Screen and TV Studies - Level 2
    (Credit Points: 3)

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    Open Elective Unit
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    OEU
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  • Open Elective Unit
    (Credit Points: 3)

Year 3 - Semester 1

  • Year 3 - Semester 1

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  • 11018
    Professional Practice 2: Work Integrated Learning - Level 3
    UNIT CODE :
    11018
    Unit description :
    In this unit students will further develop their abilities as agile professionals with the transferable employability skills and critical and creative abilities to work across industries and sectors and craft diverse employment paths. They will integrate disciplinary knowledge with the professional skills required in their industry through authentic simulated or real workplace experiences, international exchanges or industry collaborations or projects.
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  • Professional Practice 2: Work Integrated Learning - Level 3
    (Credit Points: 3)

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  • 9715
    Performance Skills 5 - Level 3
    UNIT CODE :
    9715
    Unit description :
    The students will continue to refine and develop their acting through the exploration of modern and contemporary texts. They will explore the important playwrights and theorists that have shaped the development of the art of acting in the 20th Century. In this unit, learners work toward increased refinement of physical and vocal flexibility and strength, which allows their bodies and voices to sustain them throughout the challenges of work in the performing arts industry. The students will continue to engage in physical performance training. They will be introduced to the work of various 20th Century experimental and physical theatre practitioners and companies.
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  • Performance Skills 5 - Level 3
    (Credit Points: 3)

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  • OEU
    Open Elective Unit
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    OEU
    Unit description :
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  • Open Elective Unit
    (Credit Points: 3)

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    Open Elective Unit
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    OEU
    Unit description :
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  • Open Elective Unit
    (Credit Points: 3)

Year 3 - Semester 2

  • Year 3 - Semester 2

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  • 11592
    Professional Evidence (Creative Industries and Digital Design) - Level 3
    UNIT CODE :
    11592
    Unit description :
    This unit prepares students for professional work in the cultural sector and finalises and reviews your ePortfolio. Through practical activities, such as preparing a grant application, developing a team-based project proposal, and researching a cultural organisation, students learn to relate their discipline specific knowledge to a range of professional contexts. The unit will emphasise the significance of multiculturalism, cultural consumption and globalisation as key influences shaping cultural work in the twenty first century.
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  • Professional Evidence (Creative Industries and Digital Design) - Level 3
    (Credit Points: 3)

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  • 9716
    Performance Skills 6 - Level 3
    UNIT CODE :
    9716
    Unit description :
    This subject unit deepens the third year students' practice by challenging them to employ performance techniques at a graduate level as required for the performing arts industry at large. The students will continue to consolidate their acting through the exploration of contemporary and modern texts and explore important theoretical topics on the art of acting. They will develop professional auditioning skills by focusing on the technical and creative aspects of presenting monologues and scenes. The students will continue to refine their vocal technique through extensive exploration of vocal range and the handling and presentation of a variety of texts in different performance contexts, including 'voice acting'. The students will continue to engage in physical performance training. They will be introduced to various theatrical concepts, theories and practices associated with physical theatres.
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  • Performance Skills 6 - Level 3
    (Credit Points: 3)

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  • 11594
    Creative Practice 2 - Level 2
    UNIT CODE :
    11594
    Unit description :
    This unit focuses on the independent conceptualisation, planning and realisation of a student-generated major work in their creative field. The unit emphasises consultation/collaboration as part of the creative process, skill refinement and the consideration of publication. This unit is based on a model of academic supervision and is intended to pave the way towards independent modes of learning crucial in the industry and at postgraduate levels of study.
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  • Creative Practice 2 - Level 2
    (Credit Points: 3)

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  • OEU
    Open Elective Unit
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    OEU
    Unit description :
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  • Open Elective Unit
    (Credit Points: 3)

Ways to study
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South Bank
06 Feb 2023
3 years
Full time 5 days per week
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  • Annual indicative cost: $8,020

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Selection criteria

Admission into this course is based on an entrance rank. A rank can be achieved by the following means:

  • Year 12 ATAR
  • other Australian qualification
  • work experience
  • overseas qualification

Please note: In addition to your QTAC application you will be required to audition. TAFE Queensland will invite you to the audition after your QTAC application has been received.

Audition Information
Please read further information on the Acting and Performance Audition key dates and requirements here and the application form here.

Resources required

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access the University of Canberra’s online learning system Canvas, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Reader. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Placement

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is embedded within this degree.

Need to know

Your attendance at all lectures and practical sessions is a requirement to successfully complete this program.

Pathways to Honours:

The Bachelor of Arts and Design (Honours) is open to students who have completed a UC/TAFE QLD partnership degree with at least a grade point average of 5.0 or better (equivalent to a credit average), or students from a three-year degree in a cognate discipline with a relevant major in which they received a grade point average of 5.0 or better.

Pass degree graduates in similar disciplinary fields from other universities, with comparable results, may also be eligible to undertake this honours degree.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

How to Apply

Direct application

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Apply through QTAC

You can apply to study this course through the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC). You will need to submit your application on the QTAC website. It will be assessed, and if you are successful you will receive an offer directly through QTAC. You will need to accept your offer from QTAC before enrolling with TAFE Queensland.

Course Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.