ACT101 Introduction to Voice and Movement (8)

In this subject students are introduced to the primary elements of performative practice with an emphasis on voice and movement for stage and screen. Through practical workshops students develop foundational skills and investigate the significance of the relationship between movement and voice to successful practice as an actor.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and describe positive physical and vocal habits;
  • be able to apply physical and vocal control, focus, dynamics and energy in acting and performance;
  • be able to apply a knowledge of articulation, diction, freedom and clarity within speech in acting and performance;
  • be able to demonstrate a capacity to integrate body, voice and text, and to place various texts in their socio-historical context;
  • be able to apply introductory knowledge of physical application to complement the narratives and themes of various texts; and
  • be able to demonstrate a capacity to work effectively and cooperatively in groups and be able to take direction.


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 movement and voice
  • Vocal and physical storytelling
  • Aligning physicality and language with imaginative impulse

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ACT101 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Solo voice and movement performance
Group voice and movement performance
Journal including exercise program

Special Resources

This subject requires access to specialist acting and performance spaces.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.