NIDA is the Australian national theatre school, a centre of excellence in training for theatre, film and television. NIDA's primary role is to select and train exceptionally gifted students at a tertiary level, preparing them for careers in theatre, film and television.
While best known for its Acting course, NIDA also offers unique and effective courses with good career prospects in Design, Stage Management, Event Management, Lighting, Sound, Costume Making, Properties and Special Effects, Directing and Writing for Performance.
The NIDA full-time courses are accredited higher education courses and are listed on the National Register of Higher Education Providers by the Australian Government’s Tertiary Education and Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA).
For applicants for the Bachelor of Dramatic Art commencing 2014
Please note that NIDA has an application before the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) seeking accreditation and approval to offer Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) courses in Acting; Costume; Properties and Objects; Design for Performance; Technical Theatre and Stage Management; and Staging from 2015.
If approved, these Bachelor of Fine Arts courses will replace the Bachelor of Dramatic Art at NIDA, and students enrolling in a Bachelor of Dramatic Art in 2014 will be transitioned to a Bachelor of Fine Arts from 2015.
TERM DATES FOR 2014
The NIDA year consists of four terms of varying length. While there may be some overlap, each term will focus mainly either on classes or on productions. Term length can vary from year to year.
Term 1 28 January – 11 April
Term 2 28 April – 27 June
Term 3 14 July – 22 August
Term 4 1 September – 31 October
For those involved with Directors’ Productions these conclude with bump-out on Wednesday 3 December
Applicants for the Acting, Design, Production, Costume, Staging and Properties courses must have reached the age of 18 or within a few months of 18 years before the commencement of the course.
The Higher School Certificate or equivalent award from the final year of secondary school is the minimum required educational qualification, although this condition may be waived in exceptional circumstances.
A Driver's Licence is useful for Production, Properties and Costume students in particular.
All NIDA courses are carefully planned progressions of integrated subjects and interrelated activities. Advanced standing cannot replace the audition/interview process; nor can entry begin other than at the start of the course.
For more information on individual courses, please refer to the left-hand menu for links to the relevant page.
NIDA’s schedule of tuition fees for 2014 are now available online.
NIDA students who are Australian citizens or who have an Australian permanent humanitarian visa can apply for FEE-HELP, the Australian government loan scheme that assists eligible students to pay their tuition fees.
A loan fee of 25% applies to FEE-HELP loans for undergraduate courses. Students repay their loan through the tax system once their income is above the minimum level for compulsory repayment.
For more details on FEE-HELP go to www.goingtouni.gov.au
Contact Full-time Course Applications for any queries:
Full-time Course Applications
Phone: (02) 9697 7614
Email: Contact Form