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Advanced Diploma of Acting for Contemporary Screen Media

Advanced Diploma Students' in their end of year performance


The Advanced Diploma was created to address the specific industry need of producing employable screen-ready actors upon graduation. In addition to world class acting training staffed by some of Australia’s leading tutors, our course is unique in its focus on the multidisciplinary production skills that enable actors to create their own employment opportunities. You will graduate from ISA with the skills to conceive, write, and produce your own creative work, to ‘build your brand’, and to actively negotiate the areas of self-promotion, business and health and well-being.

The result of your training will be strong skills in all aspects of acting for screen and stage, detailed knowledge of the ability to generate your own work and opportunities. These skills will be on display during your final semester where you will deliver a showreel and voicereel and perform in both a graduation play production and a showcase for an audience of invited industry guests.

Our Advanced Diploma of Acting for Contemporary Screen Media is our flagship acting course that will provide you with the skills required to cultivate a long-lasting career as an actor.

The Advanced Diploma is a two year accredited course; completed over four 20-week semesters, four days per week.

Throughout the two years, you will develop core acting skills and explore multiple acting techniques and methodologies to allow you to formulate your own individual approach.

To maintain a robust acting career in today’s industry, you must have more to offer than the ability to ‘act well’. You must have current knowledge of the industry, and the determination and capacity to create your own work. Our aim is to produce excellent storytellers; with a focus on bridging the gap between acting student and industry professional.

ISA is the only Registered Training Organisation in the world to deliver the Advanced Diploma of Acting for Contemporary Screen Media.

Welcome to the Internation Screen Academy

The International Screen Academy is a creative hub for actors and musical theatre performers.

Founded in 2013, our mission is to equip graduates with the required performance, professional and personal skills to be the next generation of entertainment industry leaders. At ISA, you will learn from the best acting tutors and practitioners in Australia; our tutors have launched the careers of industry icons in Australia, Hollywood, and internationally.

ISA provides the optimal environment for our students to grow as actors and musical theatre performers. Our class sizes are small, so you will receive plenty of personal attention from your tutors.

ISA’s provides simulated production environments for training, undertaken in a purpose built sound stage and studios.

We aim to create the optimal environment for students to learn, to challenge and to grow as actors and musical theatre performers.

During our intensive audition process, we are looking for committed students with existing performance abilities, who demonstrate courage, curiosity, and a willingness to take direction.

If you would like to visit ISA, contact us today for a personal or guided virtual tour.



Our facilities are built for actors and filmmakers not educators. When you study at ISA, you study in a
purpose built facility that is industry standard.

not just a number

At ISA you experience a personal training culture where you are not just a student number amongst hundreds of other students. Our classes are small, our selection process rigorous and our lecturers inspiring. We want you to succeed and most of all, find your own voice.


You study with actors and filmmakers all under the one roof. Our hope is that you will build professional
working relationships that will last a lifetime.

student culture

We believe culture is just as important as outcome. We want students to enjoy the process of learning. Challenges are part of the process and we’ve found the best way for students to grow as artists is to support them. At ISA you’ll find a culture of support and inspiration.

Creative Habit Methodology

Throughout your training at ISA, you will engage in the development of foundational acting techniques; gaining a clear understanding of Stanislavski’s system, Given Circumstances, Character Objective and Action Work.

You will be expected to work diligently throughout the process with a focused and concentrated attention to the work of the ‘Creative Habit’ – applying the technique to assigned texts and practicing it’s application to solve problems within a given scene. The Creative Habit is a methodology with a series of specific steps; the application and implementation of these steps will be repeated throughout the course using multiple texts, giving you an opportunity to develop your own ‘creative habit’ as an actor.

Assessments are made against units of competency from the Advanced Diploma of Acting for Contemporary Screen Media 10130NAT.
  • Produce a show reel of performances (SCRPSR612)
  • Read and prepare performance of scripts (SCRPPS608)
  • Follow occupational health and safety procedures (CUSOHS301A)
  • Develop and integrate vocal skills for screen acting (SCRVSA605)
  • Produce a short film (SCRPSF610)
  • Integrate technical and production requirements for performance in contemporary screen media (SCRTPR602)
  • Identify and evaluate economic and health matters in a screen acting career (SCREHM609)
  • Maintain and apply industry knowledge and performance requirements for contemporary screen acting (SCRKPR601)
  • Integrate specialised vocal and physical skills for contemporary screen acting (SCRVPS607)
  • Manage and negotiate castings and working with directors (SCRCWD611)
  • Apply a range of acting skills in sustained performances for camera (SCRAAS603)
  • Develop and integrate physical skills for screen acting (SCRPSA604)
  • Establish and extend acting range for screen (SCREAR606)
  • Apply work health and safety practices (CUAWHS302)

This course has no current classes. Please to be notified of vacancies and similar courses.

Course testimonials:

  • Enriched, challenged & supported through the depths of my vulnerability so that I can become my best actor self! That’s how SA and I have fostered my voice to inspire people through stories which cut stereotypes. I now act, write and produce as chief storyteller.
  • ISA makes you work. Knowing how to work was an important lesson I learnt, and the value of that work was evident at the end of every class. As an ensemble we were continually improving and learning. With this knowledge, I’m confidently and consistently creating my own work, and eagerly making opportunities to show it to the industry.
  • I know that I can make it in this industry with the specialised contemporary training ISA has provided. I feel so lucky to have studied at ISA and it’s such a fun, inspiring, motivating space.