Bachelor of Stage and Screen (Acting)

ACTING AT APAC - What to expect

APAC has been starting acting careers since 1993!


  • No entry auditions, we are going to teach you those crucial skills, the right way.
  • Our instructors are industry professionals to help guide you with your career planning. They’re doing it, they know it.
  • Leave with professional headshots to promote yourself for auditions and industry agents.
  • Business and career planning is included so you can make the right marketing choices for your career
  • Enhance your learning with practical skills and content

Full Time | Brisbane CBD


The Australian Performing Arts Conservatory’s (APAC) Bachelor of Screen and Stage (Acting) is a new Higher Education program developed from our very successful Advanced Diploma which has been offered for over twenty five years, and has produced a significant number of graduates demonstrating an impressive range of national and international industry achievements and awards.


The skills and tools obtained at APAC equip students for film and stage work all over the world.


  • Practice based by professional industry instructors
  • Units incorporate voice, speech, dialect, physical storytelling, improvisation and script analysis
  • APAC also offers Staged Unarmed Combat and Staged Swordplay exclusively in our curriculum
  • Performance skills are enhanced by critical analysis, contextual awareness, and independent research
  • Students work with in-house directors from the Bachelor of Screen and Stage (Screen Production), gaining a high quality show reelacti


A Bachelor degree has become the entry level benchmark internationally for the industry which demands higher order skills across: Executive, Production, Creative, and Technical roles. The exponential development of digital technology, in both live and screen contexts, demands a multi-disciplinary approach to integrate the technical and the creative. The Bachelor of Stage and Screen (Acting) is a practice-led multi-disciplinary course for Stage and Screen production and performance, underpinned by broad theoretical knowledge; contextual understanding; highly developed analytical and critical thinking skills, embedded in professional practice. The underlying philosophical approach is based in and informed by the ancient Greek philosophy of “Koinonia” reconciled with 21st century practice.The shape, detail and progression of the Acting discipline is designed to equip students with not only a detailed suite of technical performance skills, but equally, broader critical thinking, analytical and communication skills, and contextual knowledge.  This range of micro and macro knowledge, skills and attributes, will provide graduates with professional level performance skills, and broader contextual analysis to navigate through their professional careers, so as to maximise their opportunities.  Graduates from the Acting course will be articulate, skilled, contextually aware, professionally proficient and highly employable across a range of stage and screen acting contexts.

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of stage and screen theories and performance styles across historical periods and cultures, to inform approaches to contemporary creative practice.
  • Critically evaluate and reflect on performance to develop artistry.
  • Generate contextually appropriate creative outputs, demonstrating a confluence of high-level academic, technical and practical skills.
  • Collaborate and develop relationships across multiple creative disciplines to facilitate professional level performance and production outcomes.
  • Develop neoteric storytelling content through investigation, innovation, and interdisciplinary practice.
  • Apply communication, public relations, and promotional skills in the marketing of productions.
  • Understand and apply professional career strategies and markets to enhance employability.
  • Conduct basic research, identifying and utilising relevant, reliable, credible, high-quality sources and information.
  • Apply physical, vocal, technical and emotional skills across: preparation/research, rehearsal, and performance components of the full production process.

Duration: Two years full time – 3 x 14 week trimesters per year (equivalent to three years full time)

Credit Points: Students must complete 240 credit points comprising: 70 credit points of core units and 170 credit points of major units.

Delivery: Face-to-face in Brisbane

Bachelor of Screen and Stage (Acting)

Course Code: BSSACT

Trimester Core/Major Unit Code Acting Units Credit Points
T1 Core XAC101 Research and Communication 10
T1 Major ACT101 Voice Production 10
T1 Major ACT102 Self Portrayal Skills 10
T1 Core ACT103 Script Analysis 10
T2 Major ACT104 Introduction to Screen Acting 10
T2 Major ACT105 Speech in Performance 10
T2 Major ACT106 Physical Character Development 10
T2 Major ACT107 Character Personality Profiling 10
T3 Major ACT201 Improvisation 10
T3 Major ACT202 Physical Storytelling 10
T3 Major ACT203 Audition for Screen and Stage 10
T3 Major ACT204 Integrate Performance 10
Trimester Core/Major Unit Code Acting Units Credit Points
T1 Core XAC201 Career Planning and Arts Law 10
T1 Major ACT205 Physical Combat 10
T1 Major ACT206 Rehearse and Perform a Contemporary Role (Stage) 10
T1 Major ACT207 Rehearse and Perform a Contemporary Role (Screen) 10
T2 Major ACT301 Advanced Emotional Content 10
T2 Core XAC301 Performing Arts History and Koinonia 15
T2 Major ACT302 Dialect Analysis and Performance 15
T3 Major ACT303 Advanced Practice and Maintenance 15
T3 Core XAC302 Genre and Adaptation 15
T3 Major ACT304 Rehearse and Perform a Period Role 10
 Total Credit Points 240

The Bachelor of Screen and Stage is completed in two years of full-time study in fast track mode (equivalent to three years full time or six years part-time).  Each trimester consists of a load of four units, and there are three trimesters per year. Students must successfully complete pre-requisites where indicated in the unit outlines.

Entry is available to applicants with:

  • an Australian Senior Certificate of Education or equivalent; OR
  • a Diploma or higher from an Australian higher education institution or an overseas equivalent qualification as assessed by AEI_NOOSR; AND
  • satisfactory English language proficiency at an English pass level in an Australian Senior Certificate of Education or equivalent; OR
  • a specified level of achievement in a recognised English language test such as: IELTS (or equivalent) at a score of at least 6.0 (with no individual band score less than 5.5); or TOEFL equivalent; AND
  • an Audition or Interview as outlined below

An interview and/or audition may be required for students with no prior acting experience. Audition details will be provided to students and assessment will be undertaken by an assessment panel comprising a minimum of two qualified assessors.  Students must achieve a score of 16 or above against a 20 point scale in accordance with the following criteria:

  • Preparation
  • Presence
  • Kinesthetic awareness
  • Emotional availability
  • Voice
  • Speech
  • Analytical instincts
  • Focus
  • Cold read  

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may undertake bridging courses in English, Foundation Studies or other courses, at another provider prior to enrolling in the course.

Performing Arts Careers

APAC is one of the most reputable acting school in Brisbane. We offer an Advanced Diploma of Screen and Stage Acting, a Bachelor of Screen and Stage (Acting)and casual acting classes in Brisbane. 

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