ACDA Student Induction

The SII information outlines the many necessities of the course, this is a MUST read for you and your parents

Emergency procedures are outlined in the Student Induction Information. A copy will be emailed upon enrolment.

1. Contacts

Australian College of Dramatic Arts

7 Macquarie Place, Boronia. Victoria, 3155 03 9720 6200

General enquiries and absences email:

See Orientation information

2. Units of Competency

The course is accredited at AQF Level 3 (Certificate III) and Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) Level 2.

To successfully complete the course, the learner must be competent in 16 Units of Competency over two years.

Year 1- 8 Core Units of competency

CODENominal HoursTITLE
BSBXTW30140Work in a team
BSBPEF30130Organise personal work priorities
CUAWHS30210Apply work health and safety practices
CUAIND20120Develop and apply creative arts industry knowledge
CUAMPF30235Prepare for performances
VU2307845Prepare and present self for auditions
VU2307945Develop script knowledge and performance skills
VU2308045Develop acting techniques

Year 2 – 7 Core Units of Competency and 1 elective

CODENominal HoursTITLE
BSBTWK30130Use inclusive work practices
CUAIND40230Provide freelance services
FNSCUS40120Participate in negotiations
VU2308150Expand skills for auditions
VU2308250Expand script knowledge and performance skills
VU2308350Extend acting techniques
VU2308450Write the script


CODENominal HoursTITLE
CUACAM40170Shoot a wide range of screen content
CUAAIR30230Develop techniques for presenting to camera
CUADRT50250Direct performers for screen productions
CUADRT60250Audition and select performers
CUAMUP401160Design, apply and remove make-up

Total nominal hours over two years 580 – 710 hours.

Year 1 students will receive a Statement of Attainment for the 8 units of competency (UOC) they have completed. In Year 2, the Nationally Accredited Certificate will be awarded after completing a further 8 units of competency.

If a student is not competent in any of the units, then a Statement of Attainment will be issued for the competencies that are achieved.

3. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

ACDA recognises statements of attainment and qualifications issued by all Registered Training Organisations.

RPL is a form of assessment that acknowledges skills and knowledge gained through:

  • Formal training conducted by industry or education
  • Work experience
  • Life experience

Evidence of competency is collected by the student and submitted to the nominated assessor and assessment is made based on the required industry standard within the relevant training package unit of competency.

All applicants for RPL will be provided with a copy of the relevant unit of competency and evidence requirements for the units being applied for. Applicants will be informed of the fee and process of application.

Students wishing to apply for the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) into the Certificate III must fulfill the RPL criteria. At a minimum they should have knowledge of the industry, have an agent, auditioned, and screen-tested for a variety of screen jobs and have worked professionally on set in a variety of extra roles to bit part roles.

4. Blended learning

Blended learning will take place online. Class timetables will show students how and when.

The term ‘blended learning,’ represents a combination of F2F and online learning activities where computer facilitated activities work hand in hand with time in the classroom.

We use the online platforms of Zoom or Google meet.

Our industry is global, we can audition anywhere in the world!

5. Learner Support Procedures

At enrolment: ACDA will be advised by the individual student home school and/or parent of any support individual learners need prior to their enrolment or upon commencement.

Individual learning plans will be implemented between the home school and ACDA.

An additional hourly cost for learner support will be charged to cover trainer fees.

6. Assessment

There are no exams; students are continuously assessed as either Satisfactory (S) or Not Satisfactory (NS). To attain UOC COMPETENCIES, work must be assessed as SATISFACTORY throughout the year.

  • After Year 1 students will receive a Statement of Attainment for the 8 units of competency (UOC) they have completed.
  • Students must pass all subjects in Year 1 to proceed to Year 2
  • In Year 2, the Nationally Accredited Certificate will be awarded after completing a further 8 units of competency.
  • -ups and rehearsals are all subject to continual assessment.

Results are sent to VET Coordinators for entry onto VASS – therefore all work must be completed before the end of the school year.

 7. Attendance

We expect 100% attendance but for certain situations please email student absent information to

Lack of attendance and lack of completion of homework will mean that students cannot be assessed as competent.

Missing one VET class is equivalent to missing three one-hour sessions of a VCE subject per week.

8. At Risk of Failing

AROF refers to “At Risk of Failing”. This is used to communicate with schools when a student is at a potential risk of failing either a Unit of Competency or the entire program, this will be done consistently throughout the year. A student can be at risk due to many different reasons, this may include:

  • More than 2 absences within a Semester
  • Tendency to arrive late or leave early
  • Disruptive behaviour in class
  • Falling behind on work for one or multiple units
  • Impacted by personal reasons

End of term progress reports are tracked for ‘at risk’ students, if this occurs – students, VET Coordinators and parents will be notified. ‘At risk’ means a student who is receiving low marks and/or has not handed in work, has poor attendance, or is not involved in learning.

Catch up classes for at risk students

Where necessary, students may be required to attend catch up classes after school. The student and/or parent may be required to cover additional costs related to these classes.

 9. Policies and Procedures (in alphabetical order)

Access and Equity policy

Where possible the college adopts an open equity and diverse policy.

Where students have diagnosed disorders and disabilities ACDA will work with the home schools/parents and where possible, help will be given. Full policy is on website.


Anti-harassment policy

Students have the right to be treated in a fair manner and be part of a safe environment free from harassment and intimidation.  All forms of bullying and harassment result in a sense of powerlessness and have a negative effect on individuals and can adversely affect one’s workplace or learning environment.

  • ACDA is committed to promoting positive relationships and encouraging tolerance among staff and students.
  • ACDA does not tolerate harassment or bullying in any form.
  • ACDA will act on all reported instances of harassment.
  • ACDA is committed to ensuring that these courses are free from biases, prejudices and normative assumptions in relation to sexualities.
  • ACDA will not tolerate any derogatory comment about any other person within ACDA including on social media.


Assessment Appeals

This policy outlines the Australian College of Dramatic Arts

(ACDA) approach in managing final results appeals and that they are dealt with in accordance with the principals of natural justice and procedural fairness and remains publicly available.

The CEO of ACDA will oversee formal result appeals.

Any Assessment Appeal will be treated seriously, sensitively, impartially, and confidentially.

All appeals or complaints from students relating to results must be received in a

period no longer than 30 days following the competency decision. In the case of VDSS delivery, the time will be shorter as final assessments are completed at the end of Term 3, early Term 4 as VET subjects should be finished by the time VCE

Year 12 exams start in early November.


Certificate and/or Statement of Attainment

Certificate and SOA’s are emailed to the student at the completion of the course.

Students can request in writing a replacement copy of the Certificate or Statement of Attainment. A fee will apply in obtaining an additional copy of the certificate or Statement of Attainment. The fee is $55.00 per Certificate or Statement of Attainment.

Only once the fee has been paid will the copy of Certificate or Statement of Attainment be issued to the student.


Child safe policy

ACDA has a public statement of commitment to Child Safety, see also ACDA website.

Talk to an adult that you trust about any concerns you have. Please contact your home school VET Coordinator, home school welfare/wellbeing/chaplain or contact Merilyn Brend (Cert IV Community Services Work) for confidential help.

For more information see:


Car parking and Student transport

Any students obtaining a lift to class or excursions from another student must do at their own cognizance.

Parking at ACDA (host schools) locations is at own risk. Please adhere to the host school parking procedures.


Code of behaviour/ student conduct

It is expected that students will behave in a way that is courteous and that does not hinder the participation of other students. The Australian College of Dramatic Arts reserves the right to refuse continuing enrolment should participant behavior be deemed inappropriate.

Participants who do not comply with our Code of Behavior and Student Conduct may be excluded from class. In such instances refunds of course fees may not be available.


A Learners Manual with resources and workbooks are copyrighted to the ACDA and are the intellectual property of Merilyn Brend.

The content may not be photocopied, edited, changed or shared in anyway.


Emergency response

Bushfire: Many host schools are in bushfires areas. If the host school is under threat or there is a warning of bushfire, or threat warning of ember and/or smoke attack, students are not to come to class – where possible students will be notified by Facebook message and/or mobiles. It is vital that the office have your updated and correct Facebook and Mobile numbers.

Evacuation of premises: Ensure you are aware of exit points and evacuation meeting areas; follow the teacher or person in charge directions.

In case of structure fire do not use lifts or elevators.

Lockdown: Your teacher will familiarise you with this procedure.

Fee policy/information

The policies for fees might vary between independent, catholic and government schools.

The fees that you are charged is an individual school decision.

Parents and/or guardians should seek information from home school VET Coordinators.



If students have a problem with another student, a trainer, a situation, or any other issues, then they need to be reported. The steps you need to undertake are in the policy on the website. For urgent matters contact home school or the RTO’s CEO.


Refund policy

The refund policy is set by the individual clusters and is written in cluster handbooks, therefore see individual cluster booklets.

The information contained here also applies to private students.

Once a student has commenced the course fees paid are not refundable after the given withdrawal date, see cluster handbooks.

Some clusters may charge an administrative fee for withdrawing, again see your individual cluster handbook or contact your home school VET Coordinator. If you receive course materials and withdraw from the course, then the materials must be returned to the college (not the class teacher) in good condition. If they are not returned, then a fee will be charged.

If fees that are not paid on time, then a transcript of results and Statement of Results will not be received until the debt is paid in full. This is in accordance with the RTO’s regulatory body. It should be noted that students and parents failing to abide by the above course requirements may result in a student being withdrawn from a program at full cost to parents.


Useful links

National Child Abuse Helpline (Child Wise)

Kids Helpline

Headspace (National Youth Mental Health Foundation)