BEING COMMITTED TO AN ACTING CAREER IS YOUR FIRST STEP
Do you have stories to tell? Do you love to collaborate with passionate and creative people? Is acting what you want to do with your life? Do you need guidance and opportunity to ‘make it’?
If your dream is to build a thriving career in the screen, stage and media industry, then ISA is almost certainly the acting school for you.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Minimum 18 years of age preferred. Applicants turning 18 years of age in the year of admission will be considered through an interview and audition process. As a domestic student, you must have Australian or New Zealand citizenship, Australian permanent residency or similarly hold an Australian permanent humanitarian visa. International students are furthermore welcome to apply to our acting and musical theatre courses– see our international students page if you need to know more about visa application and other requirements for study at ISA.
HOW TO APPLY?
Applicants must have a suitable level of academic skill in order to study acting in the advanced diploma and likewise the diploma courses. Applicants can demonstrate this through either:
- providing a certified copy of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education that has been awarded by an agency or authority of a State or Territory of Australia for the completion of year 12; or
- undertaking an assessment of their competence in reading and numeracy (see below).
For potential ISA students interested in filling out an acting application form, there are no other academic pre-requisites or vocational requirements.
However, ISA also requires that applicants:
- Be a minimum age of 18 years (preferred) or applicants that are turning 18 years of age in the year of admission will be considered through an interview and audition process.
- Have effective English language, communication, interpersonal skills and
- Have writing skills to a level where you can write an essay.
- Have reading and comprehension skills at a level where you can read, analyse and interpret texts from screenplays and complex texts.
- Have numeracy skills to a level where you can develop and maintain a production budget.
- Have an interest in applying vocal, physical and acting skills to the demands of contemporary and innovative technologies in studio, external locations and digital/internet technologies; or
- Have an interest in developing their storytelling, production and artistic skills for use in innovative ways across a range of screen formats and platforms.
Applicants will be required to participate in an acting audition, individually and likewise as part of an ensemble. This is to demonstrate aptitude and adaptability. A panel of core ISA teaching staff will review this acting audition that has a format similar to an acting workshop.
ASSESSMENT OF COMPETENCE IN READING AND NUMERACY
Applicants can demonstrate their competence in reading and numeracy by providing a certified copy of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE). (Each state and territory in Australia has it’s own SSCE – see here for further information.)
ISA uses the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) to determine reading and numeracy skills. Applicants are required to complete the test as part of the ISA selection process. Applicants who undertake this skills test will receive their results as soon as possible and before an offer of enrolment is made.
Potential students interested in acting or musical theatre, who hold an overseas year 12 equivalent qualification, or other qualifications including higher education degrees, may be assessed by ISA as having a suitable level of academic skills for studying acting at the ISA – one of Sydney’s premier acting schools.