New York Film Academy Australia

CUA51015 - Diploma of Screen and Media: Acting for Film

New York Film Academy Australia

Course details

CRICOS course code: 094155C

Level of study: Career Based/Vocational



New York Film Academy Australia delivers the nationally recognised 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 52 week calendar, divided into two 28-week semesters. Each of the 28-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.


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.


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 broaden 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.

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Course opportunities

Tuition Fees (AUD $): 33,500 Per Year Read more16,750 per semester
Start date: 10 May 2021
06 September 2021
Duration: 2 semesters
Study mode: Full time

New York Film Academy Australia

Gold Coast Campus
Southport Central Towers Central 2E, 5 Lawson Street Gold Coast Queensland 4215

Entry criteria

High School Certificate or Equivalent;

Equivalence to High School Certificate:

  • Australian Qualification at or Above AQF Level 4 OR
  • Completion of Core Skills Profile for Adult - Numeracy and Reading at or Above Exit Level 3

They must have an English Language Proficiency at Appropriate Level (e.g. Academic IELTS 5.5).

In-person or Skype Interview with Faculty Delegate.


New York Film Academy Australia
Gold Coast Campus
Southport Central Towers Central 2E, 5 Lawson Street Gold Coast Queensland 4215