Admission Requirements

Acceptance into the Bachelor or Diploma of Dramatic Art is dependent on the following:

Educational Requirements:

  • Successful completion of the NSW Higher School Certificate or equivalent; OR
  • Successful completion of another accredited tertiary course or at least one full-time year of study in such a course; OR
  • Adult entrant: An applicant of 21 years or over who has satisfied the artistic entry requirements may be admitted with provisional status if the Academic Board determines that such applicant has attained a standard of education and experience adequate for entry to the course and has the aptitude required for undertaking the course. Selection will be based on Recognition of Prior Learning together with audition, folio appraisal and interview. Provisional status will normally be converted to full candidature on successful completion of one semester of full-time studies.

International Students: Overseas students applying for admission to Excelsia College courses must have reached the age of 18 years by the commencement of their studies.  Excelsia College will not admit overseas students who have not yet reached 18 years of age. Candidates whose qualifying studies were completed in a language other than English will normally be required to demonstrate English proficiency equivalent to the overall minimum score of 6.0 in the IELTS Academic test.

Artistic Requirements:

Applicants are expected to have some drama performance experience in school, church, community theatre or extras work. Acceptance is by interview and audition. The interview gives applicants opportunity to discuss past performance and/or production experience. The audition determines current and potential acting ability. Assessment criteria for auditions are as follows:

  • Evidence of prior training and/or experience in one or more forms of dramatic expression.
  • Demonstrated ability or recognisable potential to communicate by voice, movement and empathic identification with another.
  • Evidence of self-motivation, artistic creativity, self-discipline and an enquiring mind.
  • Demonstration of willingness to be trained and disciplined as a theatre artist.