Six-month Part Time Professional Acting Course  2020

Based on The Studio’s highly acclaimed one-year, Full Time program, this intensive course offers actors the opportunity to undertake a rigorous, demanding and progressive series of training modules. As with the Full Time program this course is unified by a core set of acting principles, with every aspect of the course reinforcing, expanding upon or further refining these principles. The core acting principles of The Studio are in themselves an extension and further development of the pioneering ideas of Uta Hagen and her contemporaries.

With a comprehensive range of study modules and moderate contact hours per week, this intensive course is ideally suited for actors looking to dedicate time to refining their craft whilst maintaining their current commitments. This course offers actors the flexibility to work and attend auditions whilst studying and places moderate, ongoing homework demands upon participants.

Interested in the Part-Time program? Attend one of our free sample classes and explore the training first-hand.

The ethos, aims and philosophy of the Part Time program are exemplified in The Studio’s public mission statement:

“The goal of The Howard Fine Acting Studio is to create actors able to operate at the highest levels within the industry. We aim to instil a healthy respect for the craft of acting and a rigorous understanding of technique.

It is our belief that training should be technique-led, accessible and demanding. We believe in an ethical approach to actor-training that promotes self-reliance, a safe emotional and psychological approach, and a supportive and open class environment. We aim to empower actors and help them reach their full potential by providing award-winning training that revolves around a core set of acting principles.”

In conjunction with the Australia based faculty, the course gives actors access to The Studio’s multi-award-winning, Los Angeles based faculty, who travel to Australia on an annual basis to lead the tuition at The Studio. This tuition incorporates comprehensive technique training, scene study and voice training, as well as on-camera and specialist modules. Included as part of the Part Time course, students are able to audit Howard Fine's midyear and end-of-year Master Classes. Auditing Master Classes is an extraordinary stand-alone learning opportunity and we are pleased to be able to incorporate them as part of the Part Time program.

The Howard Fine Acting Studio Part Time course will be delivered exclusively in Melbourne in 2020. This course takes actors on a challenging, rigorous and at times confronting journey. Accordingly, previous performance experience is required and admission is strictly by audition and interview.  



AUDITIONS: March - May 2020

COURSE DURATION: 27 weeks of tuition (six months) with a two week break in the middle.

CONTACT HOURS: Saturdays (10:00am-2:30pm) and Wednesdays (6:30-9:30pm). There are also three extended weekend course components which replace the usual course calendar at those times, and three occasions where the Saturday class is switched to a Sunday class in the first three weeks of July.

Throughout the Part Time course students can anticipate between 1-4 hours of homework per week outside of class.


May – November (exact start and end dates TBC)



Payment Plan

An upfront payment of $895 is required prior to the commencement of the course followed by:

Monthly Payment: $700 (to be paid for the first five sequential months of the program)

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technique foundation

Students are introduced to the core acting principles of the Howard Fine Acting Studio. This part of the program ensures actors are equipped with a set of tools enabling them to undertake the rest of the course, and to create truthful life on stage and bring themselves fully to their work.

This part of the program looks at comprehensive technique and the relationship between homework and rehearsal. It gives actors a clear, comprehensive and effective technique to approach scene work, rehearsals and script analysis.

Master Scene Study

Students audit both of Howard’s four-day Melbourne Master Classes.

Scene Study

Students consolidate lessons learnt in other modules, deepen their understanding of the technique, and develop self-critiquing skills through Scene Study classes. In these classes students work with a partner on an assigned scene from The Studio’s extensive play library of modern classics and esteemed works.

Speech and Singing for Actors

The Speech and Singing for Actors program responds to the needs of actors to have a strong and powerful connection to their unique emotional sources, and uses vocal exercises to develop the actor’s ability to connect to text in performance. Students will explore the application of emotional experiences when approaching their work, through personal story telling, song and spoken word, discovering ways to safely use the entire range of their emotional sources in performance.

Application of Technique to Screen with Shane Connor

Within the context of the Howard Fine Acting Studio ethos, Shane Connor brings his years of experience as a highly-respected actor, teacher and director to the Part-Time program. Students are taught the fundamental on-camera techniques applicable for both the small and big screen. With an emphasis on the technicalities of the medium, students will learn the essential tools for producing great screen performances in both the audition room and on-set.

Potential course components

The Part Time course features a range of course units taught by industry professionals. The complete content for the Part Time program is therefore dependent on tutor availability. Outside of the core modules outlined above, students can also anticipate to study one or more of the following course units - auditioning, self-tests, improvisation and monologues.