Acting on Screen Grades 11-12, Brisbane

Learning framework

Each term we focus on a specific area of performance practice to ensure students have a varied experience and learn a range of essential creative skills.

Students are able to join us at the start of any term during the year.

NIDA Open Acting on Screen courses are designed across a four term structure within the following learning framework:

Term one Improvisation and Performance Craft
Term two Voice and Movement
Term three Devising and Contemporary Practice
Term four Script Work and Technique

Term 1, 2020: Read Between the Lines

Get camera-ready as you learn the technical skills required to give a perfect on-screen performance every time. Use improvisation as a rehearsal tool to rehearse and record a variety of well-known TV and film scripts. Discover the role spontaneity plays alongside the technical elements of your on-screen performance.

Course components

  • Spontaneity: Apply improvisation techniques to a scripted on-screen performance.
  • Technique: Learn and apply fundamental screen acting techniques.
  • Collaboration: Collaborate as part of a team on recorded performance exercises.

Term 2, 2020: One Take Wonder

Discover techniques for approaching screen tests and auditions. Select, prepare and learn monologues and short scenes suitable for castings. Experiment with voice and movement techniques to develop flexibilty in making strong character choices.

Course components

  • Technique: Develop awareness of the unique differences between a screen test and audition.
  • Physical awareness: Explore techniques that allow you to be more physically present in performance.
  • Voice: Identify strategies for engaging voice-over delivery.

Term 3, 2020: Nailing the Pitch

Get ready to pitch your ideas for the next big blockbuster. The twist – you’ve only 8 weeks so you have to wow the producers! Learn how to turn a simple concept into reality. Work with a film maker to develop your concept and create the must see trailer to guarantee a box office hit.

Course components

  • Collaboration: Work as an ensemble to pitch and plan out your short film.
  • Technical skill: Take on various roles on set and see how each job fits into the bigger picture.
  • Contemporary practice: Collaborate with your NIDA Open tutor and devise an original piece of film.

Term 4, 2020: The Close Up

Work with a NIDA tutor to develop the inner life of a character and develop the technical skills to fully realise that character on screen. Work in-depth on challenging film and television scenes, discover the nuance in every script and be ready for that close up every time.

Course components

  • Develop and record from a scripted scene.
  • Acting technique: Use Stanislavski technique to unlock your character’s inner life.
  • Screen Performance Craft: Consider the elements that contribute to the physical realization of a performance.

Important information

  • Please read our Cancellation and Transfer Policy.
  • Flights and Accommodation: From time to time we may need to cancel an advertised course. Before booking flights and accommodation for travel to attend a NIDA Open course, please contact the NIDA Open office to confirm if your course will proceed as planned. NIDA does not accept liability for any associated costs of attendance or cancellation.
  • Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in for all drama and performance related courses. Clothing that restricts movement is inappropriate.
  • Please wear closed-in shoes. Shoes may be removed in the rehearsal room on the direction of the class tutor.
  • Please bring along a pen, notebook and bottle of water to all classes.
  • If you are running late to collect your child, please call NIDA reception on 02 9697 7600. NIDA will only provide supervision during advertised course times.
  • NIDA staff will supervise students in courses for Grades 3 to 10 during breaks. These students will not be permitted to leave the advertised venue without parental permission.
  • Students in courses for Grades 11 and 12 will not be supervised during breaks and are free to leave the venue at designated break times should they wish.

Enrol for the full year in advance to receive a 15% discount off the full price!

  • Discount is only applicable when booking all four terms within the same calendar year.
  • Discount is not available online. Please book over the phone by calling the office on 1300 450 417 to receive the discount.
  • If students do not attend all four terms, the discount is no longer valid.
$385 Limited inc GST
Acting on Screen Grades 11-12, Brisbane

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