BACHELOR OF CREATIVE ARTS (ACTING)
THE AFTT ADVANTAGE
AFTT proudly claims its space as educators of the next generation of Australian actors, ready to add their unique voice to a long and proud history of performance.
Performance plays a significant role in Australian society and culture. From our indigenous heritage through to contemporary Australian society, performance has played a part in our rituals, storytelling and cultural practices, informing who we are as a collective and our links to our past and to each other.
The Australian performing arts landscape has contributed to our national identity both domestically and internationally, and Australian actors have enjoyed successes in both local and global markets. New and emerging trends in technologies and theatre, screen and other media are creating diverse ways for the consumer to engage with the arts and performance. These new digital platforms are placing expanded demands on the knowledge and skill requirements for the contemporary working actor and adding complexity to the process and scope of managing an acting career.
AFTT are committed to nurturing versatility, flexibility and resilience, enabling our graduates to move with confidence between a variety of performance media, environments and contexts.
The contemporary performing arts industry needs versatile actors - people who have broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of the profession and the industry, are able to work with flexibility, sustainable practice and innovation and are able to engage and develop opportunities for professional work across the mediums of theatre, film, television and digital performance.
This changing marketplace is also now placing further demands on the flexibility of the actor's skills and knowledge and emotional capacity to be able to adapt to the requirements and stresses of these new media and practices. The importance of a sustainable approach to both the process of acting and the way an actor interacts with the industry is significant. Supporting areas of resilience and wellbeing equip the actor to participate more fully and healthily in a personally demanding and competitive industry.
AFTT acknowledge that a successful and sustainable acting career is one in which the actor boldly claims their personal leadership in the pursuit of creative work opportunities.
Contemporary actors need to be more entrepreneurial, to seek out work, to identify creative business opportunities, to work with resilience and ethical behaviour and to manage themselves in a professional, financial and business sense.
The nature of an acting career is defined as being a portfolio career. Work and business engagements of the actor are from a large range of sources, over a variety of performance media, locations, durations and workplaces. Ongoing professional development and a commitment to lifelong learning is essential in the pursuit of what is referred to informally as a "gig career". The working actor is a professional able to plan and manage themselves sustainably as an independent artist, able to move flexibly through various job opportunities and relish the opportunities that a vibrant and evolving industry presents.