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
Estimated Annual Course Fee
  • 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

Programme Structure

Year 1

Acting & Text
Audio-Visual Production
Cinema Studies
Introduction to Audio-Visual Production
Media & Culture
Production Design Theory
Production Management
Theatre Practices
Theatre Project
Thought & Writing

Year 2

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

Additional MOHE compulsory General Studies subjects


For Local Students

  • Appreciation of Ethics and Civilisation
  • Bahasa Kebangsaan A (applicable to students who did not sit for SPM or did not obtain a Credit in SPM Bahasa Melayu)
  • Community Service for Planetary Health
  • English for Artists & Designers
  • Integrity & Anti-Corruption
  • Moral Education/Islamic Studies


For International Students

  • Malay Language for Communication 1
  • Community Service for Planetary Health
  • English for Artists & Designers
  • Integrity & Anti-Corruption
  • Moral Education/Islamic Studies
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

An APEL.A Certificate (APEL T-4) (Recognition of Prior Learning) 
(Click on this link for further information on APEL.A)

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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