ACT120 Fundamentals of Acting (8)
This subject focuses on the Self. Topics covered include basic anatomy, relaxation, concentration, freeing the imagination, introduction to gesture, the voice as a function of the body, sensory awareness and observation, spatial awareness and working together. This work on the Self is incorporated into improvisations, scenes, group exercises and storytelling exercises. From the outset students are encouraged to observe not only themselves, but to look to the world in which they live for inspiration and performance material.
Subject availability
Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. 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
Assumed Knowledge
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to realise the potential for selfexpression provided by their anatomy
  • be able demonstrate an understanding of what is meant by 'The Actor's Instrument'
  • be able to demonstrate a simple physical and vocal warmup
  • be able to demonstrate their ability to concentrate on simple performance tasks
  • be able to demonstrate a capacity to free and use their imagination (mental and physical)
  • be able to perform in solo and group improvisations and/or scenes, incorporating material covered in class
  • be able to demonstrate heightened observational skills
  • be able to demonstrate a heightened awareness and use of space
  • be able demonstrate a capacity to work cooperatively
The subject will cover the following topics:
- basic anatomy - relaxation - concentration - freeing the imagination - introduction to gesture - the voice as a function of the body - physical and sensory awareness and observation - observation of animals, elements and people - awareness and use of space - storytelling and improvisation - working together (ensemble)
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.