On Screen

Introduction to Screen Acting Course

Get experience in front of the camera

Clapper board and Camera

If you've ever thought about being in TV, movies or commercials, now is the time to learn all the skills you need to get started!

Perform Australia's 'On Screen' course in Brisbane is the best place for you to refine your skills en route to professional work in the screen industry.

Learn how to improve your on-screen performance ability through expert input from our industry tutor, Charles Allen.


Plus, this course is one unit in the 10915NAT Certificate IV in Acting - you can complete it as a on-off unit, or use it as your entry ticket to the full qualification!

If you complete all the assessments successfully, you will be awarded a Statement of Attainment for the unit, CUAPRF420 Develop on-camera performance skills.

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Class Details

ACCREDITED: Yes, if you enrol as an accredited student and complete the assessments, you will complete CUAPRF420 Develop on-camera performance skills. However, if you don't wish to complete the assessments, you can simply participate in the week-to-week classes and the film shoots.
6pm - 9:30pm, Monday nights, 6 February 2023 through to 3 April 2023
DURATION: 10 weeks
VENUE: Evans Room, Axial College, 44 Ferry Parade, Kangaroo Point
TUTOR: Charles Allen
COST: $1,720. (Don't have the money up front? Would you like a payment plan? Please call 1300 908 905 to arrange one.)

What you'll learn

Screen terminology

Do you know your gaffer from your grip? Do you know what a D.O.P is? Or a First A.D.? These terms and more will become clear and before long you'll be using film and TV lingo in no time! You'll be way more confident as an actor when you're on set professionally.

Understand acting for camera

Learn about what the camera detects and how to maximise your eyes, face and body in a screen acting performance. Learn how to adapt your performance to different shot sizes, how to hit your 'mark', and more.

Confidence in front of the camera

Through a range of exercises, you'll develop confidence performing in front of the camera by workshopping different techniques. Plus, you'll develop some screen content that you can use in your portfolio, moving forward.

Understand the screen industry

You'll develop a solid understanding of how film and TV projects come together, what the industry expectations on you as an actor are, and how to meet them. You'll hear storied from your tutor's own experience of many years working in the industry.

Why you should do this course right now

Reason #1:  Get a head start on your year

What a great way to start the year - digging into your craft as an actor! Within just 10 weeks you'll be way more confident as a performer in front of the camera, and you'll have greater insight into what the industry is about.

Reason #2: This course is accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)

Perform Australia is a registered training organisation (RTO 40859), which means we are able to issue qualifications. 'On Screen' is one subject within the 10915NAT Certificate IV in Acting, with the unit of study being CUAPRF420 Develop on-camera performance skills. When you join this course, you can opt to enrol as an accredited student, complete the assessments, and at the end, receive a Statement of Attainment for the unit. If you prefer to do 'On Screen' for leisure, that's ok too - but please make sure you attend all the required film shoots as part of your commitment to the course.

Charles Allen

Reason #3: Your tutor is amazing... Introducing Charles Allen

After working in film, television, stage, and voice over in the US, Charles relocated to Australia to join the teaching staff in acting at Queensland University of Technology in 2008. After four years in academia, he returned to acting with his Australian stage debut performance in the original play A Hoax produced jointly by La Boite Theatre Company and Griffin Theatre Company.

Since that time, he has also worked with Queensland Theatre, Sport for Jove, and Sydney Theatre Company (as Associate director). His on-camera performances include a variety of projects some of which are Hoges: The Paul Hogan Story, Ticket to Paradise, Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis, Joe Exotic, Reef Break, Lost and Found, and Irreverent.  

Since working in the VET sector, Charles has held positions with The Performing Arts Conservatory as Assistant Director of Learning and as Head of Acting with The Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts. He's been working with Perform Australia since 2022.

His training includes improvisation with Upright Citizens Brigade, acting with Eric Morris, and the school of hard knocks in stand-up comedy.

Studio Location

The Evans Room, Axial College, 44 Ferry St, Kangaroo Point. Accessible by public transport and onsite parking.

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