ACT101 Fundamentals of Voice and Movement (8)

In this subject the student will examine the diversity of movement as it relates to acting. The student will also examine the fundamental skills required for the development of a centred and healthy voice for a diverse range of theatrical environments and texts. These examinations will be available through practical workshops allowing the student to analyse and investigate how the relationship between movement and voice can lay the foundations for a greater understanding of the complete actor.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ACT101. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Enrolment Restrictions

Available to students in the Bachelor of Stage and Screen (with specialisations), Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (with specialisations), or Bachelor of Communications (with specialisations). May also be available to other students in an elective format with special approval from the Subject Coordinator.

Not available to students who have successfully completed ACT122.

Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed that students will have some prior school level or amateur experience in acting.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate heightened physical and vocal awareness;
  • be able to execute a range of expression through movement and voice;
  • be able to exhibit the capacity to release the natural voice;
  • be able to realise the capacity to work with free and expressive physicality; and
  • be able to display an understanding of the connection and synthesisation of breath, thought and impulse in voice and movement.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • communicating with vocal clarity and physical confidence;
  • physical and vocal warm-up exercises;
  • centering, balance, alignment and spatial awareness;
  • the anatomy of creating sound;
  • vocal and physical storytelling; and
  • aligning physicality and language with imaginative impulse.

Special Resources

Existing CSU Theatre and Drama Studio facilities.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.