Duration
2 Years (6 trimesters)
Locations
Melbourne, Brisbane
Fees
Intake Dates

February, June, September

Offering in Melbourne commencing February 2022
Offering in Brisbane commencing June 2022

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JMC's Acting program will prepare you to pursue a professional and sustainable career in performance - preparing not only the actor's knowledge and skill base but also the actor's process to meet the specific needs and nuances in this changing and diversifying performing arts industry.

The program has been developed by industry-leading experts as an address to an everchanging and constantly diversifying performing arts sector within Australia’s creative landscape, taking a contemporary and career driven approach to higher education in performance. 

The systems taught at JMC involve unique and dynamic processes of learning that will equip you with a robust and logical pathway to producing theatrical and cinematic performance. We are committed to nurturing versatility and flexibility for our graduates, enabling them to move with confidence between a variety of performance media, locations and contexts.

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The creative impulse not only informs acting process but also supports the genesis of innovative and creative thinking and approaches which are integral to a successful portfolio career as an actor

This unit introduces the student to creativity through the impulse of the actor in improvisation and creative play exercises as well as the impetus to create as an individual and member of an ensemble.

The acting foundation describes freedom and availablility as core principles of the actor's process. This approach to the work requires self-awareness to identify personal limitations or habitual behaviours and to then apply preparatory techniques to enable the actor to respond to stimulus moment to moment.

This unit introduces the student to the foundation principles of acting, which provide the base from which the actor begins to build their process.

The integration of acting, voice and movement builds the essential embodiment of the acting process. Acting requires a dexterous and flexible physicality, as well as the development of the vocal support infrastructure of the body, breath, resonance and articulation.

This unit supports the Acting foundation and incorporates voice and movement training into the development of the acting process.

The nature of the process of acting, ensemble challenges and demands of an acting career create unique stresses on the professional actor. These require specific processes and practices to ensure wellbeing is maintained and the actor is able to develop resilience in relation to these intrinsic stresses.

This unit introduces foundation principles of safe practice, professional and personal boundaries and conduct as well as warm-up, cool-down and preparation processes. It also introduces processes of reflective journaling, independent reading, research protocols and expressing a personal opinion.

Craft skills of the actor involve meeting the obligations of a performance text and developing a role throughout a rehearsal period. Craft also requires the actor to apply acting principles and techniques to an audition context and whilst collaborating with a director, fellow performers and crew in meeting the performance and technical requirements of a theatre production

This unit builds upon the core foundation and introductory knowledge and skill developed in Trimester 1 and introduces the craft of theatre performance. This unit culminates in a performance of a contemporary Australian theatre text(s).

The actor's craft requires the integration of voice and body into the development of a role for performance. Voice and movement are integral to the actor's ability to embody a character in performance.

This unit develops further physical and vocal technique and integrates into acting practice to meet the obligations of text and character for performance.

The contemporary actor's career demands flexibility of acting process to meet the specific requirements of screen performance media and to develop understanding of the process of cinematic storytelling.

The actor should embrace opportunities to utilise these skills and knowledge to develop work opportunities in the independent film and digital media industries.

This unit develops the student's understanding of the film aesthetic and how principles of acting, improvisation and creativity can be harnessed int other areas of script development, directing and performance. This unit culminates in the development of a short self-devised film scene.

An independent and reliable acting process sits at the heart of a sustainable acting career. The actor must develop systems to analyse their own process and incorporate areas of new knowledge to build a robust, adaptable and flexible professional acting practice.

This unit introduces the student to research and analysis skills as they relate to the building of an independent and reliable personal acting process. It is from this base that further writing, research and critical analysis skills are scaffolded throughout the course.

New and emerging trends and techonologies in new media are creating diverse performance platforms for the contemporary actor. This changing industry is placing further demand on the flexibility of the actor's skills and knowledge in order to meet the specific performance requirements of these new platforms.

This unit prepares the actor to develop knowledge and apply technique across new and emerging media platforms and technologies, which may include web-based content, games/animation, voiceover and/or virtual reality.

Theatrical performance requires a robust embodiment of voice and physicality in order to meet the demands of this performance media. Theatricality may also require the actor to embody physical and vocal extremes as well as a range of theatrical storytelling styles and forms beyond realism and naturalism.

This unit extends the actor's theatrical capacity in voice and movement, enabling them to meet the obligations of heightened text and theatricality. This unit develops knowledge and skill to perform a range of theatrical performance styles.

Devised and experimental theatre contributes a significant and growing sector of the contemporary performing arts industry. The associated skills and knowledge required of the actor involves understanding of a range of theatrical forms and styles, improvisation and collaboration techniques as well as the recording of developmental processes through to the finalisation of a concept.

This unit develops the capacity of the actor to apply knowledge of performance styles, principles of theatrical storytelling and creativity and collaboration to develop a short group devised performance piece for theatre.

The working actor must have mechanisms to ensure a process of lifelong learning and development of skills and techniques. Theoretical knowledge of acting approaches and addressing issues of resilience and career sustainability are integral to the development of a successful portfolio career.

This unit develops the actor's ability to research acting theory and technique and to apply this to their own personal practive, developing a versatile, sustainable and robust personal, collaborative acting practice.

The Classical Heightened text forms not only a significant part of the western theatre tradition but remains a staple of contemporary theatre performance. The rigour demanded of an actor to perform the heightened text extends their ability to adapt to a range of theatrical forms and styles.

This double unit will involve studio-based training to develop an understanding of the classical text. Students are then required to apply technique to the audition, rehearsals and performance of the Heightened Language Production.

This unit integrates the student's knowledge and skills in performance with the principles of creativity and collaboration. With a focus on the actor creating their own work, the student plans and develops a piece of performance to be performed as part of a festival production. This unit allows the individual student to develop and articulate their unique voice as intelligent, passionate and vocal artistic citizens.

This unit enables the student to harness their creativity to create new performance opportunities of their choosing.

The function of performance in storytelling contributes to national identity and culture. In order to assure the performer’s role in this function the contemporary actor must possess knowledge of the cultural history of Australia and the influences on performance from indigenous ritual and storytelling to modern Australia.

This unit will develop theoretical knowledge of the history of performance in Australian theatre, film and television, and how this history has evolved into creating the contemporary performing arts industry.

The audience's expectation and appetite for realism in screen performance is creating extended demands on the actor's process. The demand for 'truth' in performance is now a fundamental requirement of any working actor's performance career.

This unit develops advanced screen acting technique, through a deepened understanding of the screen performance medium as well as studio-based training and practice. It culminates in a film shoot of a showreel scene suitable for industry.

The contemporary performing arts industry presents a complex and unique structure. Work opportunities are diverse and the mechanisms to secure employment vary across the range of performance media and contexts.

This unit integrates industry knowledge, practice and processes into the workplace context of the actor. Students will acquire in-depth knowledge of structure and the operations of the contemporary performing arts industry and how the actor may successfully navigate their place as professional working artists.

The flexibility of the contemporary working actor to adapt to the vast range of performance media and platforms places extended demand on both practical skills and theoretical knowledge of technique, forms, styles and performance language.

This unit will solidify a robust and reliable process to deliver impacting performances across theatre, film, television and digital media.

Style and form build a theatrical language and are used by dramatists and performers to fulfil a performance aesthetic. The contemporary actor must have a theoretical understanding of the use of form and style as a theatrical construct, but also be able to meet the specific demands required in performance.

This unit exposes the student to a broad and diverse range of theatrical performance styles, forms and significant dramatists from the late nineteenth century to today.

This graduating theatre production will be staged at a local iconic venue across a season of performances. Students will work across a full-time schedule of rehearsals, technical and production activities for a performance in a professional theatre venue. This production will involve external theatre directors, creatives and crew.

This double unit requires the student to integrate their personal acting technique and professional practices into the audition, rehearsal and performances of their Industry Theatre Production.

The professional actor must have the ability to move between artistic and business application of their skills. The development of creative projects is often borne through artistic endeavour, whilst bringing such a project to realisation requires skills to be applied in a business and industry context. The synergies of these skill sets allow for the development of the entrepreneurial actor.

This unit seeks to place the individual actor as a professional, self-sufficient and active industry participant capable of taking control of their careers.

The creative arts industry is a unique work environment which places a variety of demands upon the working professional. The nature of portfolio rather than permanent employment opportunities demands a thorough understanding of the industry structure and operation, business and financial skills as well as the ability to plan, forecast and examine self as a working professional.

This unit develops a self-aware, responsible and sustainable approach to long-term participation in the performing arts sector.

Why Study Acting at JMC?

Become a commercial and sustainable actor with experience in acting for stage, screen, audio, game design, animation and more
Focus on production and performance-based training, designed to align with industry best practice
Be career ready with courses designed in response to the latest industry trends

Are you ready to take the next step toward your career in Acting?

FAQs

No, our courses are hands on and practical. Students are required to attend classes to receive ongoing mentorship, learn new skills and work with the equipment provided. We do encourage our students to use online study resources, however our courses would not be as immersive as they are without the practical component.

Yes. The JMC Academy is registered and regulated by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) which is Australia’s independent national regulator of the higher education sector, both public and private.

The ultimate benefit of studying at JMC Academy is the reassurance and relief in knowing that we are leaders in creative industries education and have been delivering quality education in the Creative Industries for over 30 years. We were the first to be accredited in Australia for education in Audio Engineering, Digital Television and Multimedia.

Our courses have always been practical, with hands-on projects and an intense focus on industry and outcomes undiluted by extensive, non-essential electives.  

In choosing to study at JMC Academy, our students are opting for the benefits of an intimate classroom size where the lecturer knows their name and learning needs. They are choosing to learn at an award-winning institution that fosters collaboration and creative vision. At JMC Academy the student's experience becomes an integral part of their learning and the institution's own values defined by quality, integrity, diligence and innovation indelibly become their own.   

JMC Academy is broadly recognised and accredited:

  • Registered Higher Education Provider.
  • Accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)
  • Registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
  • Accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)
  • Member of the Australian Council of Private Education and Training (ACPET ).
  • Nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework.

Our strong industry links also ensure that JMC Academy qualifications are recognised within the creative industries. 

Many jobs in the creative industries are found via direct recommendations or referrals. At JMC Academy, many of these recommendations are made while students are completing their studies and via organisations that approach JMC for graduates. That is why we stress the importance of networking through our industry connected lecturers and taking advantage of the many work experience and internship opportunities that arise during your time at JMC. Throughout their studies, students are progressively adding to their portfolio of work, networking with lecturers and students, and learning how to run their own businesses. All of this directly contributes to their ability to generate an income in a field they are passionate about and enjoy.

You owe it to yourself and the art that's inside you - you have to honour that will and that drive. Studying Acting at JMC has allowed me to honour that, and it's really rewarding.
Campbell Briggs
Acting Alumni