Diploma in Performing Arts


Our Diploma in Performing Arts interdisciplinary curriculum covers two major disciplines: theatre and film. Over two years, students rigorously develop their knowledge and hone their fundamental skills in relation to both disciplines: 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
  • Stage manager
  • Production Manager
  • Production Researcher
  • Scriptwriter
  • Playwright
  • Technical Crew
Annual Course Fees
  • RM29,500
    for Malaysian students
  • USD6,843
    for international students
International students must pay their fees in RM equivalent. The USD here is just an indicative/estimation and subject to the prevalent exchange rate

For details, contact +6(03) 7491 8622

Programme Structure

Year 1

Theatre Practices
Introduction to Audio-Visual Production
Cinema Studies
Professional Skills
Audio-Visual Production
Thought & Writing
Media & Culture
Script Writing
Acting & Text
Theatre Project
Production Management

Year 2

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

Additional MOHE compulsory General Studies subjects

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 2
  • Moral Education / Islamic Studies
  • Community Service
Student studying

Entry Requirements

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

Scholarships and Financial Aid

For more information about the scholarships and financial aid, please visit the SEG Scholarships website.

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