PRLog (Press Release) - Aug. 21, 2012 - The Screenwise two year full-time Diploma of Screen Acting is the first of its kind in Australia. The Government accredited course was established in 2011 after Denise Roberts, CEO of Screenwise and renowned Australian actress (Cliffy, Mrs Biggs, Underbelly Razor, Always Greener, GP) recognised the need for a Screen Acting specific full-time Diploma course.
The diploma focuses on the particular skills and knowledge required for acting on screen, which includes post-production. It provides acting students with intense training and mentorship from some of Australia's most elite actors, directors and casting consultants. All tutors are current industry working professionals.
On graduation, the diploma offers the students a major industry showcase comprising of a live stage performance and a screen performance presented to invited industry professionals including casting directors, agents, producers and directors who are personally introduced to the graduates afterwards. The graduates showreel, which is shot on location with a professional director, is presented to agents and casting directors at the showcase.
The diploma is comprised of 14 units of core subjects and one elective, giving students the opportunity to excel in their preferred area. The duration of the course is 1,380 hours, delivered in 20 hours per week, over a two-year full-time program.
Based on the 'Roberts Method', the course is a mixture of industry experience and professionalism with strong academic elements. Students are exposed to industry working professionals who are in the position to offer them the best and most up-to-date advice available. Current Screenwise tutors include award winning actors, Nicholas Hope, Anthony Wong, Denise Roberts, Terry Serio, Martin Dingle Wall, Rhondda Findleton, Gary Sweet, Road Train director, Dean Francis and multi-award winning director Peter Andrikidis (Bikie Wars, Kings Of Mykonos, East West 101).
With the decline of theatre work for actors in Australia and the increase of quality local film and television productions, acting for screen is a vital skill that all actors should develop. The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) statistics show that 85% of an actor's career-long income will be derived from television, which is why Screenwise chose to dedicate their services to providing actors with the specialised skills to not only meet the demands of today's Film and Television industry but also the opportunity to succeed as a reputable actor both nationally and internationally.
Applicants for the 2 Year full-time Diploma in Screen Acting must be 18 years of age or close to it at commencement date.
Auditions for the diploma course open on the 31st of August 2012 and close on November 15th 2012. Call back auditions will take place early December 2012. Late applications will be accepted subject to availability and will attract a $20 administration fee.
Screenwise is Australia's leading Film and Television School for Actors and also offers a wide range of short and long-term courses tailored to suit beginners to advanced actors.
Highly regarded actors that have walked through the Screenwise doors include Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Avengers), Isabel Lucas (Transformers, Knight Of Cups), Todd Lasance (Spartacus, Cloud Street, Crownies, Underbelly) Ed Kavalee (Thank God You're Here) Christian Clark (Home & Away), Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck, Dexter), Ashleigh Cummings (Puberty Blues, Tomorrow When The World Began) Andy Whitfield (Spartacus) and Tabrett Bethell (Legend Of The Seeker).
For information on entry requirements, how to apply and fee structure, please contact the Screenwise office.