Diploma in Performing Arts


About The Programme

Our Diploma in Performing Arts interdisciplinary curriculum covers two major disciplines: theatre and film. Over two years, students rigorously hone the fundamentals of both crafts: onstage, backstage, in front of the camera, and behind the scenes. Students are supported by a diverse, experienced and dynamic faculty who reflect today's industry practices. Apart from lectures, students also learn through demonstrations, practical sessions, tutorials, viewings, discussions, performances and field trips. Students are encouraged to find a voice and be critical of their work. They also have ample opportunities to create for the here and now.

Upon completion, students may choose to further their education in Sunway, or with our partner universities in Australia and the UK.

This unique programme provides a strong head-start for employment. Students from the Diploma in Performing Arts have had successful careers not only in theatre and film, but also its related industries in television, radio, journalism, digital media, advertising, broadcasting, and social media.






2 Years (full-time)


Career Prospects

  • Actor/Performer (Various Platforms)
  • Cinematographer
  • Director & Assistant Director
  • Production Designer
  • Production Editor
  • Production/Stage Manager
  • Production Researcher
  • Scriptwriter/Playwright
  • Technical Crew

Programme Structure

  • Improvisation
  • Theatre Practices
  • Introduction to Audio-Visual Production
  • Cinema Studies
  • Professional Skills
  • Malaysian Studies 2 or Malay Language for Communication 1
  • Audio-Visual Production
  • Thought & Writing
  • Media & Culture
  • Script Writing
  • Acting & Text
  • Theatre Project
  • Production Management

  • Production Design Theory
  • Modern Theatre
  • Directing for the Camera
  • Audio-Visual Post-Production
  • Moral Education or Islamic Studies
  • Career Management
  • Malaysian Arts & Culture
  • World Cinema
  • Collaborative Screen Production Project or Collaborative Stage Production Project
  • Community Service
  • Internship

for Local Student
  • Appreciation of Ethics and Civilisation
  • Moral Education / Islamic Studies
  • Community Service
  • Bahasa Kebangsaan A (applicable to students who did not sit for SPM or did not obtain a Credit in SPM Bahasa Melayu)

for International Student
  • Malay Language for Communication 1
  • Moral Education / Islamic Studies
  • Community Service

Entry Requirement

SPM / O-Level
Pass with minimum 3 credits (including English)

Pass with minimum 3 Grade Bs (including English)

Other Qualifications
Any other equivalent qualifications.
Applicant with no standard qualification will be considered on a case-to-case basis


English Language Requirements

IELTS or equivalent     5.0



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