The 10130NAT Advanced Diploma of Acting for Contemporary Screen Media is a full time course that will give you the skills required to develop a long lasting acting career. The 10130NAT Advanced Diploma of Acting for Contemporary Screen Media is completed in four semesters, over two years, four days per week.

Throughout the two years, your intensive training will take you across multiple acting techniques and methods to allow you to formulate your own individual approach. This skills and knowledge development will equip you to perform from an individual and practiced perspective, allowing you to enter the screen and media industry with a hunger to contribute and the confidence to succeed.

Being a successful actor in today’s industry requires more than just acting well. It requires a detailed knowledge of the industry and the ability to create your own work. Alongside your acting training, you will develop the skills to write, produce and promote your own work. In addition, the second-to-none business training you receive will allow you to negotiate the areas of self-promotion, finance and health maintenance. ISA acting training works to develop a truly integrated knowledge of the screen world. Students are encouraged to create independent networks and projects to further their industry contacts and develop their experience.

The result of your training will be strong skills in all aspects of acting for screen, detailed knowledge of the screen industry and the technical ability to generate your own work and opportunities.

To successfully complete the 10130NAT Advanced Diploma of Acting for Contemporary Screen Media qualification, you must complete the 13 core units of competency. The units and the respective years you will be doing each unit are outlined in the table.



The first semester focuses on the foundation skills to set you up for your training and guide you for the training to come.

Voice, movement, core acting development, working with text, research, and creative process will be developed to give you an understanding of your strengths, weaknesses and make up of your own creative habit.

Parallel to this your studies will involve a detailed exploration of the actor’s relationship to all personnel involved in production and post production. Lines of authority, protocols, documentation, professional language and collaborative work practices are key topics.

Special attention is paid to critical personnel who will shape and impact your future performances: (e.g. directors, DOPs, editors).



Your second semester continues the individual skills training and expands upon it with more detailed script and scene work. Through detailed master classes with some of Australia’s finest acting tutors, you will work on a variety of scenes designed to challenge and expand your ability and refine your technique in rehearsal and performance.

You will then commence detailed camera and broadcast work: topics include coverage, shot composition, lenses, close/mid/long shot, reverses, continuity, cheats, hand held camera, lights, hitting marks, locations, audio technologies. This training will occur in our live production studios. The emphasis of this training is on the integration of technical and creative abilities to develop your skills in camera operation, lighting and sound.



Your second year at ISA focuses on integrating the technical aspects of working in screen based media with creative expression.

Voice studies are now linked to audio technologies and studios: Voice-over, ADRs, TVCs, presenting, narration, animation and accent work.

Movement studies including basic stunt work, armoury work, green screen wirework, motion capture, physical animation character work.

Personal work method is developed, focusing on how you develop your skills in preparation and execution of performance.

Major project-Short Film: Working in small groups, students will develop their own short film. Alongside experienced group mentors, students will write, produce, direct and act in 7-minute short films. The project draws together all the training students have received up to this point. Screening of these films will form part of the students’ industry showcase.



In your final semester you will commence work in:

Approaching Castings. Industry guests will conduct simulated castings across a wide range of material. Intensive one on one feedback and discussion will support rigorous master classes.

Working with Directors. A range of industry directors will conduct master classes and oversee a range of project material (from TV commercials to film).

Contemporary technology. Using social media and online mediums to as both promotional and networking tools and possible avenues to be harnessed for creative projects.

Guests in specialist areas will continue to give seminars / small group work. You will be assisted in preparing a show-reel. The range of formats and ways in which you can use your show-reel will be explored.

The course will conclude with an Industry Showcase.

Acting Professional Skills Base

From a professional skill base point of view the skills you will acquire during the 10130NAT Advanced Diploma of Acting for Contemporary Screen Media will be:

  • Self-management and effective time management
  • Implementation of contractual arrangements
  • Professional industry language and protocols
  • Effective and creative functioning in collaborative enterprises
  • Negotiation skills
  • Planning and executing complex projects
  • The ability to express and identify creative processes
  • Resources and methods to continue creative development
  • Effective goal setting
  • High level development of personal methodology in preparation and execution of performance
  • A sound and practical understanding of current and future technological directions in the entertainment industry

Learning objectives

  • Guided in a way that allows you to identify your creative assets so you can achieve maximum expression yet also allows you to undertake remedial work to effectively remove creative blocks, tensions or work patterns that may limit your professional development
  • Skills and knowledge training in line with actual industry practice. Our teaching/learning environment is constructed to provide you with real production studio experience; much of your classwork and assessments will be simulations of how things actually work in the industry and be done in ISA film, sound and editing studios in real time
  • Contract based: this means that you will undertake a contract with your instructors to enable you to better define goals, motivation, learning outcomes, management and planning skills

Entry Requirements and Application Submission

Applicants must have a suitable level of academic skills in order to study in an Advanced Diploma course.

To apply for this course you must complete our acting application. Shortly after you submit your application one of ISA’s friendly staff will be in contact with you to arrange your initial interview, tour and audition.

Please see our student entry procedures for more details.



Course calendar for students commencing in January 2018.



ISA has pathways into universities and colleges for students to pursue further studies, with credit transfer or advanced standing in degree programs.

Upon completion of the Advanced Diploma of Acting for Contemporary Screen Media our alumni can pursue further studies with the following college and university.


The Advanced Diploma of Acting for Contemporary Screen Media has a credit transfer into the Bachelor of Arts (Visual Communication) majoring in New Media and Digital Film with Raffles College of Design and Commerce.

A student who has satisfactorily completed the Advanced Diploma of Acting for Contemporary Screen Media is guaranteed 33% of credit towards the Bachelor of Arts (Visual Communication) majoring in New Media and Digital Film. This is equivalent to 48 credit points of the 144 total credit points for completion of the Degree.

For further information please contact:

Raffles College of Design and Commerce
99 Mount Street North Sydney NSW 2060
T: +61-2 9922 4278
F: +61-2 9922 7862