PROVIDING UNPARALLELED ARTS EDUCATION

FOR STUDENTS IN YEARS 9 TO 12


The Australian School of the Arts (ASTA) Professionals Program is a co-curricular audition based, specialist excellence course that provides an unparalleled Arts education for talented students in Years 9 to 12.

Through the provision of innovative and creative modules and an uncompromised high quality academic education, students become equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to follow their chosen pathways into Arts industries or tertiary institutions.

The ASTA Professionals Program creates and nurtures resilient, confident, creative, passionate and compassionate individuals. These young people have the unique opportunity to marry their love for and talent in the Arts, with a regular Academic program, which will still qualify them for an OP.

ASTA students are not typical high school students. They are focused on their future and are passionate and dedicated about preparing for it. In addition to their normal curriculum hours, students spend their time in lessons, practice sessions, workshops and rehearsals as they prepare for all aspects of performance and presentation.

"Our mission is to provide unparalleled creative learning experiences in the Arts in a supportive, challenging environment, thereby generating pathways into future Arts education and industry."

Mr Darren Harvey, Director Australian School of the Arts

ASTA Professionals Programs

In alignment with Sheldon College’s Values, it is the Australian School of the Arts’ focus to educate the whole person. Students will grow artistically and intellectually, developing as a person and as a citizen. The program consists of four areas of study: Combined Performing Arts (CPA), Fine Art, Film, Television and New Media (FTM) and Fashion and Costume Design.

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Combined Performing Arts (CPA)

The ASTA Professionals School of Combined Performing Arts (CPA) offers comprehensive training in Acting, Vocals and Dance for students in Year 9 to 12. 

It is specifically aimed at talented students who possess a passion for performance and a vision for a career in any facet of the industry. The course is unique in that it offers creative classroom training providing solid foundations across the three major performing arts disciplines. This is complemented through participation in regular masterclasses directed by industry trained specialists at the cutting edge of their field. Further performance exposure is gained through the weekly tuition workshops, providing regular skill building and performance practice.

The Year 9 and 10 course consists of three areas of study; Acting, Vocals and Dance. The classes are designed to provide valuable exposure to each of the Performing Arts platforms. However, as students often have the tendency to lean more heavily towards one specific art form, they are provided with the opportunity to make their own ‘elective’ based study choices during semester 2. This empowers the students to focus-in on an area of the arts that they particularly desire.  Whilst what underpins our philosophy is the fundamental belief that every performer should be exposed to all three genres, the ‘elective’ based semester allows us to provide the ‘best of both worlds’ which produces a combination of a focused approach and an eclectic learning experience.

During Year 11 and 12, students are able to plan their own pathway and study subjects that appeal specifically to them (much like University). The combined nature of the program subscribes to that of the student's interests and passions.

The ASTA CPA course looks for students who desire to become capable, well-rounded performers in the future.

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Fine Art

The ASTA Professionals School of Fine Art offers students in Year 9 to 12 comprehensive training in a wide range of art styles. It is specifically aimed at talented students with a passion for Fine Art and a vision for a career in a number of facets of the Fine Art industry.

The course is unique in that it offers creative classroom training to provide solid foundations in the discipline of Fine Art. This is complemented through participation in regular master classes and workshops directed by industry trained specialists at the cutting edge of their field. Further Fine Art exposure will be gained through weekly workshops, providing regular skill building and Fine Art practice.

The ASTA Fine Art course looks for students who show the potential to pursue a career in the Fine Art industry in the future. It is ideal for students who display natural talent, enhancing this ability by providing a strong foundation in fundamental training and industry specific knowledge.

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Film, Television and New Media (FTM)

The ASTA Professionals School of Film, Television and New Media (FTM) offers students in Years 9 to 12 extensive training in a wide range of Media styles. 

The course is designed for talented students who possess a passion for Film, Television and other Media and a vision for a career in the Media industry.

The course is unique in that it offers creative classroom training across the various, and constantly evolving, Media disciplines, coupled with participation in regular master classes directed by industry trained specialists at the cutting edge of their field.  Further experience and exposure is gained through active involvement in filming, photographing and media event managing weekly assemblies, sporting events, marketing campaigns and large scale performing arts events, providing regular skill building and performance practice.

The ASTA FTM course looks for students who show the enthusiasm and potential to pursue a career in the Film, Television and new Media industries in the future.  It is ideal for students who display natural talent, thereby enhancing this ability by providing a strong foundation in fundamental training and industry-specific knowledge.

In addition, the course offers Year 11 & 12 students the option to gain a Nationally Recognised “Certificate III in Media” within the Senior program. 


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Costume and Fashion Design

The ASTA School of Costume and Fashion Design is a new initiative of the Australian School of the Arts in 2018. 

The course offers comprehensive training in Sewing, Pattern Making and Fashion Design. It is specifically aimed at talented students who possess a passion for creating and a vision for a career in any facet of the Fashion Industry.

The course is unique in that it offers creative classroom training, complemented with participation in masterclasses directed by industry trained specialists. Students will have practical opportunities to develop their skills and showcase their work through the design and construction of costumes and an entire ensemble to be worn at the Arts Academy Awards. 

The course is comprised of three major units:

Unit 1: Sewing

Use of machines, sewing techniques, fibres and fabrics, garment elements and construction, preparation of a portfolio of samples.

Unit 2: Pattern Making

Making of a basic personal pattern, making up a garment with a personal couture fit, preparation of a portfolio of samples.

Unit 3: Fashion Design

Students will be designing and constructing a full outfit for a presenter for the Arts Academy Awards night.

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Audition Information

Every applicant wishing to gain entry into the Professionals Program will be required to participate in an audition/interview or portfolio presentation to demonstrate their talent and potential to benefit from the course. 

ASTA courses look for students who show potential and talent but need to acquire technical skills. At ASTA, auditioning and interviewing are an important part of each course.

“Auditions and interviews can be nerve-wracking. It is important to understand that professionals are required to audition or interview throughout their career.” Mr Darren Harvey, Director of ASTA.

All students are taught how the industries work and how to find employment. Talent is not enough. It must be supported by skill, technique and knowledge. These things can be learned whilst students are a part of ASTA.

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Mission Statement

To provide unparalleled creative learning experiences in the Arts in a supportive, challenging environment, thereby generating pathways into future Arts education and industry.
  • innovation & excellence in Arts education; 
  • contemporary methodology focused on the continued integration of IT; 
  • integrated curriculum embracing the totality of the Arts; 
  • strategic alliances with corporate and educational bodies; 
  • industry endorsed training programs; 
  • exposure for students to industry experience; 
  • pathways into industry and tertiary level; 
  • career pathways for Certificate courses through to degrees; 
  • Nationally and Internationally renowned programs; 
  • Programs which address the different artistic, academic, cultural, health and pastoral needs of students; 
  • state of the art facilities and resources; 
  • specialist teaching by highly skilled and experienced professionals; 
  • high quality performance opportunities; and 
  • unparalleled creative learning experiences.

Contact ASTA

For further information about the ASTA Professionals Program, please email [email protected] or call us on (07) 3206 5594.