CUA5101 - Diploma Of Screen And Media - Acting For Film: Acting School Overview

New York Film Academy Australia delivers the nationally recognized program CUA51015 - Diploma of Screen and Media with selected subjects focusing on acting. Our programs are unlike any other actor training programs in the world: cutting-edge explorations into the art and practice of acting for the screen.

The acting program runs on a 28-week calendar, divided into two 14-week semesters. Each of the 14-week semesters includes hands-on instruction and requires a complete commitment on the part of the student.

A standard week of study involves additional time in the evenings and on weekends, as needed, for classes, rehearsals, and shoots.

What Makes Our Acting Programs Unique?

Practical Hands-on Experience
The best way to learn how to act in films is to actually act in films. Our students begin acting in front of the camera from the first week of the program. Every week, students get the opportunity to practice the techniques and skills they have gained in class with exercises that are shot and reviewed.

Professional Faculty
Our instructors have extensive experience both nationally and internationally on TV and film, and are professional actors in their own right.

Film Productions
Many of our programs feature the production of short films or scenes that are created by and star our acting students. These are shot and edited together and may be used for students' own reels.

Filmmaking Resources
Our Acting for Film and Filmmaking programs work hand-in-hand, providing all of our students with resources such as film equipment, live film shoots, and a network of filmmakers, screenwriters, producers, and editors that are developed before entering the real world.

Reel Materials
We provide all of our students with shot and edited materials that are suitable to put on an actor's reel.

CUA5101 - Diploma Of Screen And Media - Acting For Film: Semester One

The first semester concentrates on building a foundation in the craft of acting, using training techniques rooted in the theater but applicable to screen acting. Students participate in a broad array of core acting classes that introduce them to finding the actor within, while simultaneously training their instrument to do the kind of technical, emotional, and physical work necessary for film acting.

Since we believe that film actors also benefit immeasurably from working in front of a live audience, in addition to work in front of the camera, training in the first semester builds towards a live performance.

Learning Goals

  • Explore and learn the principles of acting technique.
  • Learn the vocabulary of filmmaking for actors.
  • Become familiarized with the logistics of performance on a film set.
  • Recognise the differences between film acting and stage performance.
  • Understand how to break down a scene and analyze a character.

Performance Goals

  • Rehearse and tape film scenes to be analyzed and critiqued in class.
  • Break down, analyze, and rehearse a selected monologue and perform it in front of a live audience.

CUA5101 - Diploma Of Screen And Media - Acting For Film: Semester Two

In the second semester, the core acting classes continue as the students' focus intensifies on applying the techniques they have learned to more elaborate scene work, on-camera exercises, and film shoots-all designed to develop and hone their screen-acting ability. All students perform in film or video shoots, oftentimes, original work that was created and developed by the students in collaboration with their instructors. In addition, a variety of screen and media classes are given to broadening students' knowledge of acting techniques, the film business, and the many different aspects of filmmaking that impact the actor's ability to perform on set.

Learning Goals

  • Learn to work for directors with varying styles on live film sets.
  • Gain knowledge of the demands upon the actor on film productions.
  • Learn how to prepare for and present yourself for auditions.
  • Understand the business of the acting craft.

Performance Goals

  • Perform scenes and workshop exercises developed and rehearsed through instruction in various acting techniques.
  • Develop, rehearse, and perform in a fully-realized film scene shot in the studio or on location.
  • Screen selected scenes in a theater at the end of the semester for an audience of cast, crew, friends, and family.

CUA5101 - Diploma Of Screen And Media - Acting For Film: Application Process

Interested students are invited to complete the application form, with a statement of purpose, and attend an interview to determine entrance to the program.

Additional Acting Program Offerings At Nyfa Australia

  • CUA60615 - Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media - Acting for Film
  • Short-Term Acting for Film Workshops

Please Note: This program is equivalent to the first semester of the New York Film Academy's one-year certificate program as offered in the United States. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a CUA51015 - Diploma of Screen and Media and a transcript for the first semester of the certificate program.

Start Dates

• September 2018 • January 2019
• May 2019 • July 2019
• September 2019

Program taught in:
  • English
  • English (Australia)

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