Open to international students

Diploma in Screen and Stage Acting

Level 5
40 weeks

This full-time, year-long Diploma is an ideal introduction to the fundamentals of the screen and stage industry. You will unlock your professional acting toolbox to deliver captivating and engaging dramatic performances.

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120 Credits | Full-time | On Campus

Want to explore a career in the exciting screen and stage industry?


In this action-packed year, you'll build your acting skills and learn how to harness their power.

You'll bridge the connection between your audience and the stage or screen as well as learning how to portray emotions through your physical performance.

This Level 5 course will also prepare you for the audition process for Yoobee's Level 6 Diploma in Drama, giving you an introduction to life at Yoobee and a leg up against other auditionees.

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



What you'll learn

Professional Skills

Develop your skills for the film, television and stage industries by learning how to:

  • Apply drama techniques with technical ability and artistic proficiency in an extended repertoire

  • Perform drama techniques to engage an audience

  • Analyse and interpret performance texts

  • Apply a range of research and analytical skills

  • Manage and take responsibility for own professional practice

  • Analyse characteristics of the stage and screen industry

Acting Techniques

Develop body, voice and imagination while exploring a wide variety of acting techniques.

Performance Skills

Take part in screen and stage performance exercises and productions. Learn how to prepare and develop your character and perform in front of a live audience and location production exercises with students from the Diploma in Film and Content Creation programme.


This course delivers an understanding and working knowledge of the professional practices of screen and stage production and prepares you for further study or employment in acting roles in screen and stage industries.



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A bit more information

Domestic students

(Eligible for 'fees-free' study)

International students

  • Tuition Fees: $24,500 (NZD)

  • Course Related Costs: $2,000 (NZD)

For more information, click here to download the international course costs PDF.

Please note fees are subject to change.

Students must be auditioned by academic staff.

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

  • All applicants must complete the course application form and written requirements

  • We will invite suitable applicants to attend an audition workshop at South Seas

  • International applicants must be 18 or older

  • International students must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS (Academic) Level 5.5

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. Students will need to provide a CV (work or performance) and Headshot prior to the audition. 



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Qualifications are issued by Yoobee Colleges Ltd. Yoobee Colleges Ltd is an NZQA 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 unforeseen funding fluctuations. Yoobee Colleges Ltd reserves the right to modify schedules to make sure the College runs well and students are offered the best learning experience.