Work experience

Are you interested in a career in the performing arts?

Due to operational challenges encountered by COVID-19 our work experience program will now be offered later in 2020 (updated 18 March, 2020).

Work experience applications for 2020 are now closed.

NIDA offers courses in a wide variety of professions that are involved in the theatre, film and TV.

Our work experience program offers interested year 10 and 11 students the chance to spend a week with us at NIDA to observe and, where possible, participate in classes.

Our programs will not only give you a taste of what it’s like to study at NIDA but also an opportunity to see what skills and tasks the career you are thinking about involves.

Please note that all work experience is held at NIDA, Kensington in Sydney.

NIDA will not be holding Acting work experience in 2020.

Work Experience – the What and When

If you have a passion forCourse Timing of Work Experience
  • Design (sets, costumes, lighting)
BFA (Design) 30 November - 4 December
  • Sewing
  • Making costumes
  • Making hats, shoes
BFA (Costume) 6 – 23 October
  • Making objects (from wood, metal, plasticine, paper)
  • Sculpting
  • Making puppets
  • Making furniture
BFA (Properties and Objects) 21 - 9 October
  • Building and constructing (carpentry, metal working)
  • Problem solving
  • Seeing how things work
  • Machinery
BFA (Scenic Construction and Technologies) 28 September – 16 October
  • Lighting
  • Sound
  • Stage Management
BFA (Technical Theatre and Stage Management) 6 - 23 October
23 – 27 November


NIDA Work Experience is open to school students in year 10 or 11 who have:

  • an interest in the performing arts
  • completed the online application form for NIDA Work Experience
  • a letter of support from their school
  • the ability to attend a week at NIDA during the specified period

Should you have any further queries, please contact the Work Experience Coordinator using the contact form.

Application Dates

3 February – 31 March 2020

Please check back during this time period for information about how to apply.


'NIDA has given me a lot of experience and has inspired me to continue to strive to reach my goals. Thank you for the opportunity!'

'The perfect mix of activities will send me out the door spreading the word about how extraordinary NIDA is.'

'NIDA work experience was a week I will never forget… All of the students were so welcoming and I hope that in the future I will be one of them.'

'Experiencing a mix of class has been a great opportunity and I can take back loads of new things I have learnt.'

'I have enjoyed everything tremendously! I have learnt so much during my short visit and wish I could stay longer.'

'Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.'

'During the week I’ve had here I have realised this is where I want to be. Everybody is so friendly, kind and welcoming… I have learnt so much and I’m definitely going to audition.'

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