Bachelor of Arts (Acting) - AF5


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On Offer Yes
Award Bachelor of Arts (Acting)
Accepting Applications Applications for Semester 1, 2016 have now closed.
Program Coordinator Associate Professor Kim Durban
Contact Hours (per week) 24-30
Classes Held

Higher Education students can expect the majority of classes to fall any time between 8:30 am and 6:30pm, Monday to Friday.

Commences Semester 1, 2016.
Program Outline

Take the first step towards your career under lights and in front of the camera.

Our acting degree offers an intensive training program where you will develop acting, voice and movement skills to a professional level.

You'll be based at our Camp Street Campus - a dynamic hub for our creative students. You'll develop your acting, voice and movement skills to be competitive in the industry. You will also learn the practical skills of working with agents and preparing for auditions.

Studio classes are taught by respected artists who work or have worked in the industry themselves, ensuring that the perspective gained by emerging performers is relevant, vigorous and contemporary. You will be encouraged to explore existing repertoire and new work. The degree blends ensemble studio practice with critical theory, incorporating workshops, rehearsal and research. Subjects include: voice and singing, dance* and movement, acting for theatre and film, and critical studies. A series of studio and public performances occur at each year level, inclusive of a presentation to industry at the conclusion of the program.

Areas of study include: Acting, Auditions, Agents, Critical studies, Film and TV acting, Movement and dance, Performing arts, Singing, Voice

Career Opportunities

Graduates work in both established and emerging theatre companies, playing roles in film and television, developing self-generated works, voice-over and online, in presentation for tools such as corporate videos, and educational or issue-based theatre. If drama teaching is a career option, the sequence of four dance courses undertaken as part of the degree program form the basis of a second discipline for entry into a Masters of Education program. This may be undertaken in Ballarat or elsewhere.

You may perform in the following types of productions:

  • film
  • television
  • established and emerging theatre companies
  • developing self generated works
  • voice-overs
  • corporate videos
  • educational or issue-based theatre
  • drama and dance teacher*

* The four dance subjects satisfy a second discipline mehod for a Master of Teaching

Program Rules and Requirements Year 1 - eight core courses over two semesters.
Year 2 - eight core courses over two semesters.
Year 3 - eight core courses over two semesters.
Information Sessions
There are currently no information sessions scheduled.
Professional Recognition

This program is nationally recognised within the Performing Arts Industry.

Frequently Asked Questions

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please click on the following link 2015 Performing Arts FAQ's (pdf, 96kb)


Faculty of Education and Arts Arts Academy (Ref 08606)

Contact Us

Tel: 5327 8000
Freecall: 1800 333 864

International Students International Student Programs
Phone: +61 3 5327 9018
DomesticDomestic students are students who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of an Australian permanent visa. Show InternationalInternational students are students who are not Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of an Australian permanent visa. International students must pay overseas/international fees.
ATAR No ATAR required - check out our open access policy
FedUni Code AF5


Mid year entry No
Credit Points 360
Duration (EFTSL) 3.000
Other Study Costs

Non-compulsory fees may apply to this program.


3 years full-time

Location Camp Street Campus (Ballarat)
Application Method The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to Apply page for further information.
Federation University Australia offers a number of programs which are eligible for Open Access entry for current Year 12 students. Further information can be found on our Open Access page.
Application Type - VTAC Yes
Application Type - Direct Yes
Entry Requirements

Satisfactory completion of VCE (or equivalent) with a study score of at least 20 in English/English Language/Literature


Selection is based on a range of criteria. For more information, please visit Information for Mature Students.

Extra Requirements

Applicants are selected by audition and interview (the audition process is managed separately to the application process). Applicants read the Audition Requirements (pdf, 191kb), and lodge an Application for Audition (pdf, 727kb) . These forms and other audition information are available from the Arts Academy or the application information and key dates webpage.

If you are having trouble accessing this webpage, please contact the Arts Academy for a copy of the form The application should be returned to the Arts Academy by the closing date. Late Applications must register their interest before submitting an application form by phoning 03 5327 8606. Upon receipt of the completed form, together with the audition fee, the Arts Academy will advise applicants of an audition time and anything they are required to bring to the audition. Auditions are usually held in October/November. Call backs are held November / December and are compulsory.

Single audition fee for Acting or Music Theatre programs is $60

Combined audition fee for Acting and Music Theatre program's is $100

Distance Applicants:

Applicants who live in remote areas may find it difficult to attend and audition in person. Our preference is to audition applicants in person. However, if you live a considerable distance away from audition venues, it is possible to audition via a DVD recording. Be aware that if you choose this option, your audition will be judged solely on the strength of your DVD performance. Applicants auditioning in this way will still need to lodge an application for the degree.

Information on submitting a DVD application is available from the Arts Academy or the webpage application information and key dates

Applicants who fail to submit an application form to audition may not be considered for selection.

Pathways/Alternate Entry

Credit will be considered if you have successfully completed higher education or TAFE studies in a relevant area. Advanced standing will be determined on an individual basis, depending on your eligibility for credit transfer, prior experience and qualifications.

Candidates are encouraged to gain as much experience as possible in local plays/productions, stay (or become) involved in community theatre, continue with any acting/voice/dance classes, perhaps take some short courses or tuition to improve skills, then apply through VTAC next year.

Late applications and Negotiated Offers will not be taken into this program.

Students can progress to the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) as a prelude to a higher degree in research or a professional qualification

Indicative Fees
Please visit to obtain further information regarding Indicative Program Fees.
Program Majors Available
2016 - Sample Program Structure
Show DomesticDomestic students are students who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of an Australian permanent visa. InternationalInternational students are students who are not Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of an Australian permanent visa. International students must pay overseas/international fees.
Academic Entry Requirement

Successful completion of Australian Year 12, or overseas equivalent and meet the audition requirements.

English Language Requirement

Overall Academic IELTS band score of 6.0, with no band less than 6.0 or equivalent

CRICOS Program Code 052611J
VTAC (International) 3700237243
FedUni Code AF5
Duration (International) 3 years
Fee - Annual Fee 2016 25700
Assessment This will be in the form of classwork, presentations, performances, essay, journal and written appraisals.
Other Study Costs

Non-compulsory fees may apply to this program.

RPL and Credit Transfer International students wishing to apply for RPL and Credit Transfer are required to provide syllabus of previous study undertaken at time of applying for a program. Not all programs offer RPL and Credit Transfer. Contact the International Student Programs office at
Teaching Location (International Students)

Camp Street Campus (Ballarat)

Application Method - International International students currently studying VCE in Victoria (Australia) are required to apply through VTAC. All other international students applying for undergraduate and postgraduate coursework degrees are required to apply through the Federation University Australia's International office. All international students applying for Higher Degrees by Research are required to apply through Research Services.
Entry Requirements - International International students must meet the following basic entry requirements (see below):
  • English language entry requirements
  • Academic entry requirements
  • Pathways (International) The Arts Academy may consider recognition of prior learning upon application. Please contact the number listed under course enquiries for further information.
    Program Enquiries - International International Student Programs
    Federation University Australia
    PO Box 663
    Ballarat Victoria 3353

    Tel: +61 3 5327 9018
    Fax: +61 3 5327 9017
    Further Information A range of student services, are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please call the number listed above.
    The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

    All information contained in this publication including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of going to press as at the date above, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

    CRICOS Provider No.00103D.
    Information correct as at 27/Nov/2015

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