Bachelor of Screen and Stage (Acting)

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  • 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

Brisbane City Campus

The Australian Performing Arts Conservatory’s (APAC) Bachelor of Screen and Stage (Acting) is a 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 Screen and Stage (Acting) is a practice-led multi-disciplinary course for Screen and Stage 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 screen and stage 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

FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible fee paying domestic students enrolled at the Australian Performing Arts Conservatory to pay their tuition fees. FEE-HELP can cover all or part of a student’s tuition fees.  Over their lifetime, a student may borrow through FEE-HELP an amount up to the FEE-HELP limit to pay their tuition fees. To find out more, visit FEE-HELP.

Scholarships are now available for September 2020, and February 2021 intakes. For more information, see our APAC Scholarship – Acting

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.

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