Discover your true potential and become your creative vision with our 10043NAT Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts.


This course is for aspiring artists who are determined to shine.

The Advanced Diploma builds your professional status by focusing on advanced artistry and technical skills within your chosen genre.

It also confirms your social and emotional readiness for the complexities and challenges of the industry.

Advanced Diploma students participate in many showcases, performing in major stage venues for different public audiences.

Combining at least six elective units from the genre of your choice with four compulsory units, you’ll polish the knowledge and capabilities practised in previous studies to a new level of brilliance. You’ll also learn how to:

With its additional focus on work ethic, teamwork skills and self-esteem, this course will prepare you for any job and for taking your training to university level.

You’ll earn your place as an ACPA alumnus, joining an inspirational and global network of graduates who are shaping, defining and distinguishing the cultural identity of this nation.

Indigenous and non-indigenous students can apply.




10043NAT Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts

This qualification is made up of four compulsory core units and a minimum of six elective units as described in the Course Units section. While most participants select elective units from their particular genre specialisation (i.e. acting, music, dance), the course structure is designed to enable choice flexibility. For example, if you want to develop musical theatre skills, you may combine relevant elective units from dance, music and/or acting. 

Total supervised hours: 1,100 – 1,200 hours comprising 465 core hours and the remainder in elective hours depending on specific selections.

Total unsupervised hours: 330 – 500 hours which may comprise individual or group warm up sessions, external performance activities, research, individual practice times for such things as vocal development, choreography, learning of performance parts or lines, character development, rehearsals, meetings, interviews or interactions with relevant personnel in the performing arts and related industries.

There are no pre-requisites required for any of the units, nor is there any sequencing requirements; they may be completed in any order.

There are no specific exits points from this course to provide for vocational or educational outcomes. If a participant exits this course for these (or other) reasons.

A Statement of Attainment will be issued for any unit of competency completed if the full qualification is not completed.



Acting Units
Unit Code Unit Title Core/ Elective Nominal Hours
PATPCR603C Perform characters and relationships Elective 180
PATRSI601B Refine skills in improvisation Elective 100
PATRCT602B Research and perform classical text Elective 120
PATPTT606B Physical theatre techniques at an advanced level Elective 100
PATUAD604C Use accents and dialects Elective 100
PATAFC605C Act for camera Elective 140
Music Units
Unit Code Unit Title Core/ Elective Nominal Hours
CUAPRF601A Extend musical theatre performance skills to a professional level Elective 150
CUSMPF603A Refine performance techniques and expand repertoire Elective 65
CUSMPF501A Prepare a program for performance Elective 70
CUSMCP401A Develop techniques for arranging music Elective 45
PATDCT607C Develop compositional techniques Elective 60
CUSMCP501A Compose music using electronic media Elective 60
CUSMPF607A Lead music rehearsals Elective 70
CUSMLT601A Analyse music Elective 70
CUSMPF605A Develop advanced vocal techniques Elective 65
CUSMLT402A Articulate ideas about music Elective 40
Dance Units
Unit Code Unit Title Core/ Elective Nominal Hours
CUADAN501A Refine ballet technique Elective 140
CUADAN607A Extend contemporary dance technique to a professional level Elective 120
CUADAN403A Develop expertise in jazz dance technique Elective 65
CUADAN507A Refine dance partnering techniques Elective 100
CUADAN610A Extend allied contemporary dance techniques at a professional level Elective 100
CUACHR501A Create and perform complex dance pieces Elective 60
CUADAN601A Perform dance repertoire at a professional level Elective 120
CUAOHS401A Apply movement and behavioural principles to physical conditioning Elective 40
Career Management Units
Unit Code Unit Title Core/ Elective Nominal Hours
CUSFIM501A Secure funding for projects Elective 70
PATBPA608C Understand the business of performing arts Elective 50
BSBOHS201A Participate in OHS processes Core 20
Multi-Genre Units
Unit Code Unit Title Core/ Elective Nominal Hours
CUADAN609A Extend cultural dance performance skills to a professional level Core 100
PATPSP609C Participate in a showcase performance Core 250
CUAPRF501A Refine performance skills Core 95


A Diploma of Performing Arts and a Year 11 or equivalent education is desirable but not mandatory. Participants seeking entry must be physically capable of developing the required performance skills for an advanced diploma qualification.

Entry flexibility is possible for a person without Year 11 or equivalence. Considering individual personal circumstances will include, but is not limited to mature entry, portfolio of work, and/or a performance audition.

Students who wish to submit evidence of prior learning are requested to complete the Recognition of Prior Learning Form (available from ACPA administration), attach supporting evidence, and submit everything to ACPA for consideration at admin@acpa.edu.au. Further information is available upon request.

Is important for all potential students to also note that in line with the Queensland Department of Education and Training’s policy guidelines, after completing a diploma or advanced diploma level qualification, students will no longer be eligible for a government-subsidised training place in an equivalent program at another Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

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