NIDA acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which we learn and tell stories, the Bidjigal, Gadigal, Dharawal and Dharug peoples, and we pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present.


The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) is Australia’s national dramatic arts educator for careers in stage, screen, events and interactive entertainment.

NIDA has produced some of the world’s most influential and in-demand storytellers.

Founded in 1958 as Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art, NIDA has become a locally and internationally known institution. In over 60 years, NIDA has grown from a single acting class to providing hundreds of courses for both the professional and the passionate student.

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Applications for the 2025 intake are now open. Learn more about NIDA’s course offerings, application process and how to apply.