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 young people 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 Playwriting.
The NIDA full-time courses are accredited higher education courses approved under the (NSW) Higher Education Act, 2001.
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
Term dates for 2013
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.
2013 commences Tuesday 29 January 2013
Term 1 - Tuesday 29 January to Friday 12 April
(Easter break 29 March -1 April)
Term 2 Monday 29 April to Friday 28 June
Term 3 - Monday 15 July to Friday 23 August
Term 4 - Monday 2 September to Friday 1 November
For those involved with Directors’ Productions, these conclude with bump-out on Wednesday 4 December.
Applicants for the Acting, Design, Production, Costume and Properties courses must have reached the age of 18 or within a few months of 18 years before the commencement of the course, although in exceptional circumstances this condition may be waived.
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.
Contact Full-time Course Applications for any queries:
Full-time Course Applications
Phone: (02) 9697 7614
Email: Contact Form