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Acting
BacHeLor of Dramatic Art (ActinG) ACTING STREAM
Qualification BacHelor of Dramatic Art (Acting) Stream Acting Duration 3 Years Mode Full-time, on campus Entry Via Audition, see p23 FEE-HELP AVAILABLE Yes, SEE P33 Link www.nida.edu.au/acting

Become a world-class actor and light up the stage with a rigorous three-year full-time Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Acting) at NIDA. Youll explore the spectrum of the acting profession and its many different styles and techniques, grapple with a diverse range of writers and genres to learn the attributes and skills required to work across theatre, lm and television._______Youll receive dedicated individual training from NIDAs teachers, as well as learn to work within STAFF PROFILE the context of the ensemble. Our approach is to immerse JEFF JANISHESKI OF ACTING you in the performance arts, and push you to take bold risks HEAD Jeff Janisheski took In helm as Head of Acting, with your art. Youll learn from leading actors, directors and the bringing with him more than years of experience in theatre the performing arts as an producers from Australia and around the world, wholl help and artist, educator and creative leader. Jeff brings a wealth you to tap into raw human emotion to become a compelling of international connections and experience to the teaching performer._______After your three years at NIDA, youll earn challenge at and is setting out to students throughout We train you their course. a degree that has launched the careers of many successful in the craft of acting and along the way we create an actors and arts and entertainment leaders. environment for you to sharpen
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Course ApproacH The Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Acting) provides students with the practical skills and knowledge needed in acting for theatre, lm, television, and other contemporary performance contexts. Throughout the course, students develop a personal work method and expressive communication skills. A commitment to professional discipline and the process of individual development is encouraged through group activity and achieving personal objectives. The core course modules include Acting, Movement, Dance, Music, Voice, Performance History, Arts and Ideas, and Screen Studies. Students learn by doing, and participate in the NIDA Production Program, multiple presentations, productions and workshops. Strong emphasis is placed on developing collaborative skills, which will enable students to grow into actors who listen, observe and work with their collaborators. The course is continually enriched by risk-taking, improvisation and spontaneous activity, by observation and awareness, by contact with the associated arts and by exploration of the creative impulse. COURSE PLAN YeaR SubJects Year 1 Acting 1 Voice 1 Movement 1 Music 1 Arts and Ideas Performance History 1 SUMMARY During rst year, students develop the technical skills of acting, voice, movement/dance and music. All technical skills classes are linked with the acting classes, which emphasise open communication and the exploration of each individuals personal talents. Students are expected to suspend previous acting habits and seek to develop a personal, organic work method. Classroom exercises and in-depth scene work are balanced out with presentations of work by the entire ensemble. All students also develop a basic understanding of terminology and foundation skills in acting for screen.

your vision of what your theatre is or could be. The actors art embodies the stuff of life that deeply moves us, inspires us and challenges us to re-imagine what it means to be human. Collaboration, training and development have been key throughout Jeffs career. He comes to NIDA from his role as Artistic Director at the acclaimed US based Eugene ONeill Theater Center, known for developing new work across a range of genres including the productions Avenue Q and The House of Blue Leaves. He has also worked as Associate Artistic Director for New Yorks Classic Stage Company one of the best known off-Broadway classical theatre companies. Working with Jeff to guide the next generation of Australian actors is an outstanding team of world-class teachers including Di Drew (Head of Screen), Lisa Minett (Head of Movement/ Dance), Katerina Moraitas (Head of Voice) and Andrew Ross (Head of Music).
GRADUATE SNAPSHOT

Year 2

Acting 2 Voice 2 Movement 2 Music 2 Performance History 2

During second year, students build on the skills and knowledge gained in John Wood,1969 rst year and develop individual work methods and character-in-action Colin Friels,1976 Davis,1977 skills while working on increasingly complex texts. Students also Judy Mel Gibson,1977 undertake individual singing tutorials and work on dialect. There is a strong John Howard,1978 emphasis on working with classical texts as well as practical screen Hugo Weaving,1981 performance and musical scene work. A variety of styles of productions and Baz Luhrmann,1985 Richard Roxburgh,1986 performances are performed. During third year, students are prepared for the profession. There is a reduced timetable of formal classes, with greater emphasis on rehearsal and performance. Students undertake audition and monologue classes, industry-standard lm and TV shoots, a professional orientation program focusing on practical realities of the entertainment industry, culminating with the production of a show-reel and voice-reel of their work, which is distributed to the industry. Professional directors, producers and agents are invited to attend NIDA productions and showings, and work with students whenever possible. Students undertake a professional orientation program which focuses on the practical realities of the entertainment industry, how to enter the profession and build and sustain a productive career.

Year 3

Acting 3 Voice 3 Movement 3 Music 3 Screen Studies

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HOW TO APPLY

underGRADUATE COURSES

1. Choose a Course Visit the NIDA website for detailed and up-to-date information about the range of courses on offer. 2. Submit your application Submit your application directly to NIDA. Apply online at www.nida.edu.au/applying-to-NIDA. Applications are open from 1 July to 30 September each year. 3. Prepare for your audition or interview All applicants are offered an audition or interview. Once your application has been received, you will be sent your audition/interview time and venue details. Detailed audition and interview preparation information for each course is available online. 4. Attend your audition or interview Auditions and interviews are held in most Australian capital cities during November and December. Be prepared for a possible recall audition or interview, dates will be advised during the audition or interview. The dates for interviews and auditions in each city for 2012 will be available from 1 July. 5. Receive an offer Offers are made in December each year. Successful applicants will be advised by telephone and then in writing that they have been accepted into the course.

Admission requirements Undergraduate applicants seeking admission must: Have reached the age of 18 before the commencement of the course (in exceptional circumstances this may be waived) Hold a Higher School Certicate or its equivalent from any State or Territory in Australia or overseas (in exceptional circumstances this may be waived) Be uent in spoken and procient in written English language (equivalent to an overall band score of 8.0 IELTS) Show at an interview a high level of intelligence, practical ability, artistic sense, authority, tact, potential and motivation Complete the audition or project requirements for their chosen course (see below). BacHelor of Dramatic Art Audition Requirements (Acting) Acting Stream Prepare TWO short monologues, that meet the following requirements: Classical: One short monologue by William Shakespeare. This must be in verse (not in prose, not a sonnet and not a poem). Modern or Contemporary: One short monologue from a modern or contemporary play (Australian or international). Please note: NIDA no longer provides a list of suggested monologues. If you are applying for Music Theatre stream of the Acting course, you must rst successfully complete the rst stage of the Acting audition (see above). If you successfully complete the initial audition you will be required to present your prepared music pieces at the recall audition. Please prepare TWO music pieces: One ballad and one up-tempo piece One of these songs must be from the NIDA Suggested Music Pieces, available online from 1 July 2012 One of these songs must be of your own choice, not from the NIDA list. About tHe Audition Process In theinitial auditioneach applicant presentstheir rst prepared piece to the audition panel. After a short break, some applicants are invited to stay on andpresent their second scene and/or rework their rst piece. At the end of this audition session,the panelmay then ask some applicants to attend a second audition: a recall. This will occur on another day and may involve additional preparation. If the audition panel at your initial audition is considering you for a recall audition they will ask you to present your song before they make their decision. Please prepare a song that you can sing unaccompanied.

Music Theatre Stream

All applicants for the following undergraduate courses must attend an interview and complete a production project. Applicants for the Properties, Staging or Costume course must also complete a practical project. In addition, applicants must complete a course questionnaire in advance so the NIDA staff can prepare for your interview. Applicants select one play/musical/opera/ballet from the list available online from 1 July 2012. Once you have made your choice, you are required to prepare the designated projects. The questionnaire and detailed project information is available online from 1 July 2012. BacHelor of Dramatic Art ProJect Requirements (Design) Part A Make a model from cardboard, balsa or any other suitable materials showing the setting for the play you have chosen. Prepare coloured costume sketches for the specic characters. Part B Prepare a brief written account of why you have made particular decisions in realising the play. About tHe Interview Process

(Production)

(Properties) (Staging) (Costume)

REMEMBER: Bring the project you have prepared along to the interview do not send it in advance.Make sure your name is clearly marked on all project materials. The interview is in two parts: 1. A brief talk about NIDA, the Course and the interview process. There will be an opportunity for you to ask any questions. 2. Interviews will run for approximately 30-40 minutes. We will discuss your project, your ideas about theatre, lm and television, and why you want to study at NIDA. Part A Some courses may require you to undertake an Prepare a model of how you would like to see the observational drawing exercise as part of the interview. staging of your chosen production. A plan and section Materials will be supplied. of the theatre is available for downloading from the NIDA website. You may be recalled for a second interview on another day. Well arrange a convenient time and let you know Part B what to expect and how to prepare. Prepare a written account of how you would like to see this production staged. NIDA may keep all or part of your project until the nal selection of applicants is made. Ensure you keep Part C a copy of all written work, as this will not be returned. Prepare a written review of a production you The project will then be available for collection from have recently seen. NIDA during ofce hours. Interstate applicants projects will be returned on request. You are required to produce a Production Project AND Practical Project.

For the full audition, interview and project requirements please refer to the NIDA website from 1 July 2012, www.nida.edu.au/applying-to-NIDA Please note: requirements are subject to change, the most up-to-date information can be found online.

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