Diploma in On-Screen Acting




  • South Seas Film School

    Feb 03 - Dec 04, 2020

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The entertainment industry has seen a major shift in employment to on-screen rather than theatre acting. South Seas offers the only full-time course in New Zealand, with a primary focus on film and TV. You'll partake in total immersion acting, meaning that you live, eat, sleep and breathe it.

During this programme, you will:

  • Acquire the essential skills and practice to act on screen
  • Discover your potential, talent and imagination as an actor
  • Work on practical projects in a wide range of production styles and formats
  • Perform in several original short films written by student directors
  • Gain an appreciation of key roles, responsibilities and opportunities in the national and international film and TV industry
  • Develop your auditioning skills, create a showreel and find an agent

Training is given in voice, speech (including accents), improvisation, stunts, character development, physical agility and industry awareness. You'll develop an awareness of what goes into effective on-camera work and become familiar with the unique processes of the professional film actor.

This diploma is not for everyone – it’s hands-on and full on, much like the real-life entertainment industry. Hence we combine the learning with tips for how to cultivate professional relationships with agents and casting directors to sustain your career. You need to be driven, disciplined, committed and hardworking to succeed in this industry, and we help you prepare for this. We provide a challenging but positive environment so you have the support you need to develop the acute awareness, understanding and processes of effective professional acting.  

Give yourself the freedom to evolve and allow your acting potential to emerge! Our industry professionals can help you build the unique skills and techniques required to act within film, television and screen media.

Successfully complete this course and you’ll receive the New Zealand Diploma in Drama (Level 5).

What you'll learn

Acting Techniques

Develop your own personal actor’s instrument (body, voice and imagination) while exploring a wide variety of acting techniques.

Performance Skills

Take part in a variety of studio and location production exercises with film and TV students as they develop their craft from simple shoots to short film dramas.

Professional Skills

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the film and television industry and how to manage and sustain your career.

What you should know


Domestic students

$8,656.13 + $340 Student Services Levy

(Eligible for 'fees-free' study)

International students

$20,500 + $2,000 course fee

Entry Requirements

The course is open to all New Zealand and international students.

  • International applicants must be 18 or older
  • International students must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS Level 6
  • All applicants must complete the course application form and written requirements
  • We will invite suitable applicants to attend an audition workshop at South Seas

The audition workshop involves applicants taking part in a series of exercises observed by South Seas On-screen Acting tutors, who assess the applicant’s suitability for a place on the course. Tutors will invite some applicants for a 'callback', to complete more exercises and submit to an interview. The tutors then contact all applicants and advise whether they will be offered a place on the course or not.

South Seas Film School Campus

A legend in its lifetime, our South Seas Film School Campus functions like a real-life working Hollywood-style studio.

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From pre-production (creating concepts for film and television projects) through to production and post-production (polishing and editing what you’ve captured...

Qualifications are issued by Yoobee Colleges. Yoobee Colleges is a Category 1 Provider, the highest rating a school can be awarded by the Government.

Term dates are subject to change, pending enrolment numbers, availability and any unforeseen funding fluctuations. Yoobee Colleges reserves the right to modify schedules to make sure the College runs well and student are offered the best learning experience.

Interested in kicking off your career?

Our brochure explores everything you need to know including an outline of study options, key information about enrolment, and all our campuses spread around New Zealand.

Register for Open Days - January 2020

Meet the tutors, check out student work and explore your study options.