ACT121 Actor Training (8)

In this subject students are introduced to a range of theoretical and practical approaches to acting, researching and practicing acting systems and methodologies in order to begin developing a personal approach to their craft. Commedia dell'arte is used as a focal point for technique and the basis for scene work performances and students apply a chosen acting technique to a screen duologue.

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

Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed that students will have undertaken some fundamental acting or performance based learning prior to undertaking this subject equivalent to ACT120 and/or ACT101.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and apply an understanding of what is meant by 'actor training';
  • be able to demonstrate a knowledge of various acting systems and their basic principles;
  • be able to independently and collaboratively research into one or more actor training pedagogies;
  • be able to demonstrate the application of acting techniques in performance;
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate actor training techniques for both stage and screen contexts; 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:
  • Overview of the major acting systems and dramatic terminology
  • Introduction to a range of acting systems
  • Applying learned processes to scenes and improvisations
  • Scene work and advanced integrated vocal and movement skills
  • Advanced awareness and use of space

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ACT121 in Session 2 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 %
Performance styles and reflection
Research and professional practice

Special Resources

This subject requires students to have access to specialist 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.