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About NIDA

NIDA is Australia’s leading institute for education and training in the performing arts.

Our programs respond to the rapidly evolving global arts and culture environment and encompass a broad range of accredited courses across different disciplines, including graduate degrees, undergraduate degrees and diplomas. We also offer an extensive program of public short courses for adults and children through NIDA Open and our highly successful corporate training program, NIDA Corporate.

NIDA is a powerhouse for the development of Australia’s creative and cultural sector, challenging current thinking and practice and producing graduates who will be innovators and leaders. Our sought-after alumni are working all over the world on stage, on screen, behind the scenes and leading major events and organisations.

Thank you to the Australian Government's Department of Communications and the Arts for producing this video. NIDA is a proud member of ARTS8: the Australian Roundtable for Arts Training Excellence, which is supported by the department. Other members include: Australian Ballet School (Southbank, VIC), Australian Film, Television and Radio School (Moore Park, NSW), Australian National Academy of Music (South Melbourne, VIC), Australian Youth Orchestra (Sydney, NSW), Flying Fruit Fly Circus (Albury, NSW) NAISDA Dance College (Mt Penang, Gosford, NSW) and National Institute of Circus Arts (Prahran, VIC).

Studying at NIDA

We offer Master of Fine Arts courses in Cultural Leadership, Design for Performance, Directing, Voice and Writing for Performance.

We also offer Bachelor of Fine Arts courses in Acting, Costume, Design for Performance, Properties and Objects, Scenic Construction and Technologies, and Technical Theatre and Stage Management.

NIDA is developing an extended suite of Vocational Education and Training (VET) diploma courses. We currently offer Diplomas in Musical Theatre, Live Production and Technical Services, Specialist Make-up Services, and Stage and Screen performance.


Each year we welcome more than 12,500 students of all backgrounds and abilities through NIDA Open. Our flexible short courses are designed for children, young people and adults and are delivered by our expert tutors. There are hundreds of courses on offer covering anything from musical theatre to television presenting, and they run all year-round, all across Australia.

Corporate training

NIDA believes that the principles of performance can help build successful careers and our Corporate training programs produce confident and polished presenters. Tutors draw directly from their expertise in training some of Australia’s best performers, providing individuals and corporate teams with the skills and confidence to be effective workplace communicators and successful public speakers.

Our supporters

As a not-for-profit organisation, NIDA acknowledges the generous support of our donors, corporate partners and sponsors who assist us in providing the best teaching resources, training opportunities and educational experiences available.

NIDA receives funding from the Australian Government through the Ministry for the Arts, Department of Communications and the Arts, and is a member of the Australian Roundtable for Arts Training Excellence (Arts8): an initiative between the national performing arts training organisations and the Australian Government committed to providing unique and high-level training for emerging artists.

Want to know more?

NIDA’s main campus is located in Kensington, Sydney, Australia, and is made up of a range of state-of-the-art rehearsal and performance venues.

You can contact us about courses, check out upcoming performances or join our mailing list to stay up to date. Or follow us and join our community of actors, directors, designers, film buffs, theatre-lovers and supporters.

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