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Bachelor of Performance
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Course overview:

Full-time Duration
3 Years: 6-9 Study Periods (SP)
Start Dates
SP1: 22 Jan, SP2: 14 May, SP3: 3 Sept
Course Location
Sydney ONLY
Entry by
Audition & Interview
Course Available to
Domestic & International Students
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Available to Domestic Students

Specialised training for the Actor / Creator / Producer at AIM Sydney.

"Our students know how to perform, collaborate and produce their own work, which makes them professionally ready and immediately employable" - Peta Downes, Head of Dramatic Arts.

A Bachelor of Performance graduate is equipped to pursue a career in acting, directing, design and production management in the commercial, not-for-profit and independent arts and entertainment sectors. We take pride in our specialised training program, our high-calibre of teaching staff and our strong track record of graduate employment. Join the next generation of dramatic arts professionals.


Performance Skills

Through Performance Skills, the students engage in the major aspects of actor training.  Acting and Ensemble combines the student’s intellect, body and voice in a collaborative process working with text-based and non-text narratives, encouraging a personal connection with the development of character and an in-depth understanding of what is required to stage a performance. Improvisation unleashes instinct, focuses energy, develops spontaneity, and encourages invention. Voice offers ongoing technique for a
free and flexible speaking instrument. Movement focuses on alignment, observation and adjustment, and includes specialised training such as combat and clowning. 

Performance Practice 

Performance Practice includes public and in-house performances
which are scheduled at the end of each study period as a culmination of skills training. The Discovery Play and Physical Stages are early explorations of a full-length script and a new piece of physical theatre. The Contemporary Text is the first season of public performances, followed by the challenge of the Classic Text. Second year students take roles onstage and off in the Graduating Company Production and in their final showcase of plays, New Short Works which they also develop, devise and write.


Performance knowledge and acting skill are applied in a weekly Master Class which explores ancient Storytelling, scenes from Australian Plays, landmarks of British and American drama, translations from European and Asian Theatre, and Classics from across the world stage. Each student rehearses and presents scenes twice per study period, and all second year students are assigned to direct a scene.

Contextual Studies

A lecture series offering current research tools for theatre, film, and contemporary performance. The students discover how writers for stage and screen shape a story; explore the cultural diversity of storytelling; examine the roles of the writer, adaptor and translator; consider how performance research informs acting for stage and screen; and access trade secrets and networking opportunities in weekly sessions with industry guests.

Associated Studies

These practical classes support the actor as a creator and producer. In addition to Major Studies, students train in key aspects of production such as Directing, Design, Lighting and Sound, Stage and Production Management, Marketing and Finance. All students work as part of a production crew on at least two productions in their first study period and hold key creative and production roles in their final study period(s).


Placement is a unique interaction with the creative workplace, which often leads to future employment. Students are matched with leading performing arts companies in Sydney, during or following their final study period. Placement partners have included: The Bell Shakespeare Company, Channel 7, Fountainhead Casting, Griffin Theatre Company, The Performance Space, Playwriting Australia, Casula Powerhouse, Shopfront, Sydney Theatre Company, Version 1.0, Tamarama Rock Surfers, Sport for Jove.

Our Teachers

The Dramatic Arts teaching staff is a high-calibre group of industry professionals, and includes graduates from NIDA, QUT, WAAPA, VCA, Nepean (UWS), and beyond.  Each is chosen for their specific expertise as a professional practitioner, teacher and industry mentor. Their combined knowledge and experience offer Dramatic Arts students the opportunity to learn current industry practices in a supportive, professional environment.

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