11017NAT Advanced Diploma of Performance

Professional Actor Training Available in Canberra and Brisbane

To build a career as a professional actor, you need not only talent, but also technique and business nous. In this program, we nurture your existing talent and dramatic instinct, and help you develop the processes and disciplines you need to take your career where you want it to go. We also guide you through need-to-know industry information and how to launch your own performance projects.

The ultimate aim of this course is to transform you into a versatile actor, able to embrace performance opportunities across a wide range of media. 

​Graduates of our acting courses have worked in:

  • Stage productions
  • Films & TV shows
  • TV commercials
  • Voiceovers
  • Teaching
  • Presenting / tour guides
  • Arts administration
  • Teaching

and many related fields.

We nurture you as an individual performer and are keen to see you succeed. 

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In this course, you will learn

  • How to take your acting technique further - Building on the foundation you laid in the Certificate program, you'll learn additional techniques to add to your toolkit
  • How to develop more confidence as a screen actor - By participating in 100 hours of screen practice, you'll feel more and more confident in front of the camera.
  • How to master your theatre skills - You'll participate in at least six live performances on stage, using all your theatrical techniques, and exploring a range of genres, including Australian works, Shakespeare, Absurdism, and many others. 
  • How to devise new works - You'll learn how to create a new work from scratch through an amazing process of collaboration
  • How to speak in a range of accents - Master American, British and foreign accents to diversify the roles you can play and where you can work
  • How to develop a stronger voice - Continue to gain control over your voice,  improve your articulation, vocal resonance and projection; also learn voiceover artistry and singing.
  • How to think of yourself as an actor and a businessperson - You'll learn about the business of acting - how to find work, how to promote yourself and your brand, how to raise money for projects, and how to work as a freelancer.
  • Some auxiliary skills for the actor - Explore additional skills like stage combat and TV presenting, so that you can diversify your employment prospects

Frequently Asked Questions

Essential information

How long is this course?

You can study this course full-time over 18 months (equivalent to three days per week).

You can also complete this course full-time as part of our Academy Program (Canberra).

Are there any prerequisites for this course?

To apply for this course, you need to have completed the 10915NAT Certificate IV in Acting or an equivalent course in acting or musical theatre.

Who teaches this course?

Your tutors are all professional actors, directors, producers and other industry professionals. Check out our About Us page to find out who's on staff right now.  

How much does it cost?

Your investment in your training is $23,985 or $7,995 per semester. This covers such things as:

  • All your tuition, delivered by industry professionals
  • Your training facilities and equipment
  • Production and editing of your screen work
  • Production of your theatrical productions
  • Access to your online student platform
  • Administration of your academic records and processing your qualification

Do you have HECS, student loans or payment plans?

We don't have HECS but payment plans that you can join, and we can recommend some companies if you need a personal loan.

Full-time students must pay a deposit to secure a place in the course.

What kind of performances will I be involved in?

There are a range of performances through this course:

  • Monologue presentations
  • Scene work
  • Six theatre shows
  • Screen projects  

Is this course eligible for Centrelink payments?

No, this course is not eligible for government benefits, Austudy / Abstudy / Youth Allowance.  

Acting Diploma

How do I apply?

  • Download the course information pack
  • Apply through this page (below) - fill out the form
  • We will contact you to arrange an interview.
  • If you have not been acting in the last two years, we may require you to do an audition as well as your interview.
  • After the interview, we'll advise you about whether you've been accepted into the course.

Studio Location


Perform Australia Studio & National HQ

2A Barker St, Griffith ACT 2603

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What our students say about studying at Perform Australia

“Now that I’ve completed the course, I definitely feel like I have a far better understanding of the mechanics of what it is to be an actor. Over the duration of the course you really learn to take ownership of the title, “Actor”— and it’s more empowering to call yourself an Actor, or a Performer, or an Artist— or whatever title fits you best.”


— Nick Steain

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  • Download your course brochure, student handbook and student loan information
  • Complete the online application form below
  • We will contact you.

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