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Costume

NIDA’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (Costume) is an intense practice-based course offering education and training in costume construction, management and related period and social research.

Students are introduced to the techniques required to produce creative works integral to becoming a costume professional, including costume construction, tailoring, pattern making, period cutting, draping, costume management, millinery and leatherwork and specialist costumes. As they progress to making fully tailored and more advanced garments for full-scale productions, students expand the depth of their collaboration with the designer and performer, applying their skills in increasingly complex situations including practical workshops, exhibitions, installations and research projects. New and non-traditional materials and techniques are explored, and students gain experience of how to manage budgets and how to supervise a costume department.

While the course is focused primarily around costume in the context of theatre, there are classes, projects and industry placements which offer learning and opportunities related to the wider arts and entertainment industries, including opera, dance, film and television, exhibitions and events. All students spend time in an industry placement with professional companies or individuals.

The course prepares students for careers as a costume maker, costume supervisor, assistant costume supervisor, costume cutter, theatrical tailor, buyer, finisher or milliner in the arts and entertainment industries.

Want to know more about this course? Fiona Reilly, Head of Costume explains.

 

Contact NIDA


Bachelor of Fine Arts (Costume) CRICOS CODE 083698G

Interviews and how to apply

Applications will be open July–September 2017, to study at NIDA in 2018.

Entry to the course is by interview. All applications received by 30 September will receive an interview place. Interviews will be held across Australia between late October and early December 2017. Late applications may be considered if interview places are still available.

Course requirements

Entry requirements

We select students who:

  • demonstrate commitment, motivation and passion in relation to the arts, entertainment and related industries, to their chosen discipline, and to the course of study
  • provide evidence of their capacity to work creatively and imaginatively
  • demonstrate an aptitude to collaborate with peers as part of a creative process
  • demonstrate a range of knowledge, skills, technical abilities and/or problem-solving techniques relevant to their discipline
  • demonstrate cultural and contextual awareness
  • articulate and communicate ideas clearly

NIDA encourages applications from students from diverse backgrounds, with different levels of experience in theatre, film, television or other areas.

  • All applicants applying for any undergraduate course at NIDA must have completed their Higher School Certificate or equivalent qualification prior to the start of their chosen course.
  • Applicants must also be 18 years of age by 31 March in their first year of enrolment. Only in exceptional circumstances can this condition be waived.
  • Students must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • International students must have an English language proficiency equivalent to an overall band score of 8.0 IELTS for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting), or 7.0 IELTS for other Bachelor courses. Information on IELTS and testing centres in your country is available at www.ielts.org. This requirement may be waived for applicants that have completed their high school studies in English.

Additional information

  • The Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees are 3 years, full-time
  • Timetabled hours are 9am-6pm, Monday-Friday. During production terms students may also be required for rehearsals after hours and on weekends.`
  • Additional time also needs to be allocated to library work, research, preparation for classes and private study. For this reason it is difficult for NIDA students to maintain regular part-time jobs. Studying at NIDA is a big commitment so students need to manage their time and resources carefully.
  • Due to the highly competitive nature of NIDA’s admissions process, you must enrol for the year for which you have been offered a place.  You cannot defer acceptance of a place.

Application Process

How to prepare

1. Complete the Course Questionnaire

  • The Course Questionnaire will be emailed to you after completion of your online application. You will be able to respond to the questionnaire by clicking on the link and answering the questions on the online survey form. This will be available from July 2017. 
  • You should go into detail about your interests in theatre and film and in your chosen course.
  • Please complete your Course Questionnaire and submit it well in advance of your interview.

2. Prepare your Interview Projects

  • Projects to be prepared in advance and brought with you to interview
    1. Theatre Project
    2. Garment Project
  • More detailed information about these projects will be available from July 2017. 
  • Read the project instructions carefully and prepare your project well ahead of time. Do not leave it until the last minute.

3. Prepare your Portfolio

  • You should bring to the interview examples of past work (both images as well as some actual examples) that you feel will support your application and demonstrate your suitability for a career in costume and the arts and entertainment industry.
  • Your portfolio (if not submitted digitally with your application) could contain photographs of past garments and costumes made, images of school and tertiary education projects, theatrical work in both amateur and professional productions not directly related to costume.

4. Demonstrate at interview why you want to work in the arts and entertainment industry.

Project Information

Full project information and details about how to apply will be available from July 2017.  

The Interview

What to expect on the day

Interviews are conducted in two parts.

  1. There will be a brief talk about NIDA, the course and the interview process. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. If interviewing in Sydney, a current Costume student will welcome you and give you a brief tour of the NIDA facilities.
  2. You will then be interviewed individually for around 30 minutes.  During the interview we will discuss your theatre and garment projects; your ideas about theatre, film and television; and why you want to be a Costume student and study at NIDA.

You will also complete a short sewing exercise to demonstrate your level of sewing and working processes.

You should expect to spend half the day at your interview.

The interview process is informal and open. Should you have any queries about the interview process or about what is said to you during the course of the interview, please convey your thoughts to a member of the interview panel before you leave.

Interview tips

Preparation! The more time and effort you put into the projects and interview preparation in advance, the more confident you’ll be and the more you will benefit from the interview and discussion.

Come with a clear idea of why you want to study Costume at NIDA.

Plan your journey to the interview. Give yourself plenty of travel time to allow for delays.

We know that interviews can be stressful, but every effort will be made to ensure your experience will be as interesting and enjoyable as possible. The interview is designed to give you the very best opportunity to show your potential and readiness to study at NIDA.

Selection Process

Selection of students

We select students who:

  • demonstrate commitment, motivation and passion in relation to the arts, entertainment and related industries, to their chosen discipline, and to the course of study
  • provide evidence of their capacity to work creatively and imaginatively
  • demonstrate an aptitude to collaborate with peers as part of a creative process 
  • demonstrate a range of knowledge, skills, technical abilities and/or problem-solving techniques relevant to their discipline
  • demonstrate cultural and contextual awareness
  • articulate and communicate ideas clearly

NIDA encourages applications from students from diverse backgrounds, with different levels of experience in theatre, film, television or other areas.

Due to the volume of interviews carried out, we are unable to provide you with individual feedback. The decision of the selection panel is final.

It is not possible to defer an offer of a place at NIDA.

Age and education requirements

  • All applicants applying for any undergraduate course at NIDA must have completed their Higher School Certificate or equivalent qualification at the end of high school.
  • Applicants must also be 18 years of age by 31 March in their first year of enrolment. Only in exceptional circumstances can this condition be waived.
  • Students must be proficient in written and spoken English.

International students

We require all international applicants to:

  • attend an interview in Australia, although an initial interview can be conducted through Skype or equivalent.
  • be aware of the visa conditions and financial obligations you are required to meet as an overseas student.
  • accept full responsibility for all arrangements concerning entry into, and residence in, Australia (including visas and health insurance).
  • have an English language proficiency equivalent to an overall band score of 7.0 IELTS and bring evidence of your English language capability to your interview. Information on IELTS and testing centres in your country is available at www.ielts.org. This requirement may be waived for applicants that have completed their high school studies in English.

International students (all courses other than acting) should select the option ‘International- Offshore Applicant’ a representative from NIDA will then be in touch via email to organise an interview over Skype which will suit both you and our staff.

For more information on applying as an international student, see international students.

Contact

If you have any further questions about the application process, please contact:

Email: applications@nida.edu.au

Phone: +61 (02) 9697 7614

Mail:

Applications
NIDA
215 Anzac Parade
Kensington NSW 2033

 

Course structure

Course dates and times 

Course duration and contact hours

Students are at NIDA from 9am to 6pm from Monday to Friday. During production terms students may also be required for rehearsals after hours and on weekends.

Additional time also needs to be allocated to library work, research, preparation for classes and private study. For this reason it is difficult for NIDA students to maintain regular part-time jobs. Studying at NIDA is a big commitment so students need to manage their time and resources carefully. 

All NIDA Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees are three-year full-time courses. All NIDA Master of Fine Arts courses, except for Cultural Leadership, are 15-month full-time courses. 

2017 course dates

SEMESTER 1

Term 1: 23 January – 7 April

Mid-Semester Break: 8 April- 23 April

Term 2: 24 April – 30 June

MID-YEAR BREAK: 1 July – 23 July

SEMESTER 2

Term 3: 24 July – 1 September

Mid-Semester Break: 2 September- 10 September

Term 4: 11 September – 10 November

The semester continues until early December for those involved in the Directors’ productions.

Course requirements

Entry requirements

We select students who:

  • demonstrate commitment, motivation and passion in relation to the arts, entertainment and related industries, to their chosen discipline, and to the course of study
  • provide evidence of their capacity to work creatively and imaginatively
  • demonstrate an aptitude to collaborate with peers as part of a creative process
  • demonstrate a range of knowledge, skills, technical abilities and/or problem-solving techniques relevant to their discipline
  • demonstrate cultural and contextual awareness
  • articulate and communicate ideas clearly

NIDA encourages applications from students from diverse backgrounds, with different levels of experience in theatre, film, television or other areas.

  • All applicants applying for any undergraduate course at NIDA must have completed their Higher School Certificate or equivalent qualification prior to the start of their chosen course.
  • Applicants must also be 18 years of age by 31 March in their first year of enrolment. Only in exceptional circumstances can this condition be waived.
  • Students must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • International students must have an English language proficiency equivalent to an overall band score of 8.0 IELTS for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting), or 7.0 IELTS for other Bachelor courses. Information on IELTS and testing centres in your country is available at www.ielts.org. This requirement may be waived for applicants that have completed their high school studies in English.

Additional information

  • The Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees are 3 years, full-time
  • Timetabled hours are 9am-6pm, Monday-Friday. During production terms students may also be required for rehearsals after hours and on weekends.`
  • Additional time also needs to be allocated to library work, research, preparation for classes and private study. For this reason it is difficult for NIDA students to maintain regular part-time jobs. Studying at NIDA is a big commitment so students need to manage their time and resources carefully.
  • Due to the highly competitive nature of NIDA’s admissions process, you must enrol for the year for which you have been offered a place.  You cannot defer acceptance of a place.

Subjects

First year

Costume Studio

SEMESTER ONE

COS7101A COSTUME STUDIO (30 credit points)

This subject introduces students to the skills and knowledge required to produce creative works integral to becoming a costume professional. The learning in this subject forms a foundation that is built upon throughout the course. In order to achieve this students undertake experimentation by dissecting and re-creating female costumes through a study of flat pattern making and construction (both contemporary and period) and draping and moulding on the form. The classes utilise a range of methodologies that may be used to satisfy a broad spectrum of performance genres and industry scenarios.

Initial studies are undertaken in the performance characteristics, classification and application of materials that are fundamental to the creation of costume. Students are introduced to research, evaluations and interpretation of information with a view to raising the students’ awareness of the importance of contextualising their work and analysing it within a creative environment.

SEMESTER TWO

COS7101B COSTUME STUDIO (30 credit points)

This subject introduces new areas of exploration. Exploratory studies continue in the areas of millinery, flat pattern making and construction, draping and moulding on the form. Within these areas students are now encouraged to begin to form judgments regarding line, form and silhouette. Tailoring techniques are introduced as part of an introduction to an understanding of costuming the male form.

To contextualise the costume realisation aspects of the course, the study of costume history is introduced. Studies revolve around the social paradigms and contexts reflected in clothing up to the beginning of the 19th century.

Costume Interdisciplinary Collaboration

SEMESTER ONE

COS7102A COSTUME INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION (15 credit points)

Students begin to apply skills learnt in Costume Studio to mount a theatrical production framed within professional conditions. Being part of an interdisciplinary team enables them to gain an holistic view of their own roles and responsibilities and those of others within the production process. For the first time students become cognisant of the need to use appropriate communication methods and terminology pertinent to the different stages of the development of a production.

As one of the integral interdisciplinary relationships for the costumier is with the performer, the production process enables the Costume student to learn through an immersive experience backstage encompassing dressing-room etiquette and industry protocol. The students’ Studio work is further contextualised by the realisation of one complete basic female costume component and a millinery work supervised by specialist class tutors.

SEMESTER TWO

COS7102B COSTUME INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION (15 credit points)

Students join with an interdisciplinary team from within NIDA to mount a new production selected to expand and complement their earlier collaborative experience.

Expanding the earlier experience of production and backstage etiquette, protocols and communication strategies enables the students to identify issues and problems as they arise and contribute at a more in-depth level to the overall production.

Although students contribute to the costuming of all performers within their assigned production, it is a male performer who is the focus of the making of a completed costume. The tailoring techniques that have been introduced in Studio are utilised to tailor a basic garment for a male performer.

Performance and Ideas

SEMESTER ONE

COM7101A PERFORMANCE AND IDEAS (10 credit points)

This subject investigates six different play texts to create a trans-historical understanding of the tragic form and the ideas that have influenced tragedy across the centuries.

Students interrogate three main questions:

  • What is tragedy?
  • In what way has innovation in the tragic forms sprung out of a tradition of practices?
  • In what way does this tradition influence our meaning making and practice today?

Students investigate these questions within the broader context of the ‘world views’ through which we can examine tragedy critically, the responses that these ‘world views’ have provoked to tragedy, the way we have responded to them artistically, and what tragedy can teach us about ourselves and about society.

SEMESTER TWO

COM7101B PERFORMANCE AND IDEAS (10 credit points)

This subject’s focus is on comic forms and intercultural analysis. It investigates five different play texts to create a framework of understanding of the comic form and the ideas that have influenced comedy across the centuries, in particular interculturalism.

Students consider three main questions:

  • What is comedy?
  • In what way has innovation in the comic forms sprung out of a tradition of practices?
  • In what way does this tradition influence our meaning making and our practice today?
The subject sets these questions within a broad sociological and historical context and provokes students to reflect on the impact of comedy in the theatre and in wider society.

Introduction to Collaboration

SEMESTER ONE

COM7102A INTRODUCTION TO COLLABORATION (5 credit points)

The focus of Introduction to Collaboration is the theory and practice of collaboration.

This subject introduces students to the principles of collaboration, which includes defining collaboration and creativity and examining how ethics, values and behaviours of collaboration are generated. Students investigate notions of ownership, agreement, creative conflict and how to generate ideas and create innovative practice.

This subject provides a theoretical, conceptual and practical scaffold for other BFA subjects including Student-led Projects and Interdisciplinary Collaboration.

SEMESTER TWO

COM7102B INTRODUCTION TO COLLABORATION (5 credit points)

This subject builds upon the principles of collaboration, skills and conceptual tasks featured in the previous semester. The concepts previously explored are now realised through practice in a group collaborative project. These small cross cohort collaborations are supervised and mentored. They have strategies and articulated milestones for the collaboration built into the conceptual plan so that students remain accountable to the learning outcomes of the subject.

Second year

Costume Studio

SEMESTER ONE

COS7201A COSTUME STUDIO (30 credit points)

In this subject students create costumes through a series of projects at a more complex and autonomous level, managing both their own time and project budgets. These scenario-related, problem-solving activities involve the students making decisions by synthesising knowledge and assuming responsibility for their own creative decisions.

Studies in costume history continue focusing on 19th and 20th century clothing including the examination of original garments and investigation of the social and psychological elements that moulded what societies wore and how they wore it.

SEMESTER TWO

COS7201B COSTUME STUDIO (30 credit points)

New scenarios are introduced for the research and realisation of costumes. These are chosen to ensure that by the end of their second year students have experienced a broad range of theatrical forms and, through the choice of periods and interpretations, have covered major making challenges and techniques.

Students commence study of the implications of costume for screen and use this knowledge to distinguish between the various applications of costume in film and television.

Resources and budget organisation now progress into a more holistic study of costume management.

Costume Interdisciplinary Collaboration

SEMESTER ONE

COS7202A COSTUME INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION (15 credit points)

In making a fully tailored and more advanced male garment for performance, students expand the depth of their

collaboration with the designer and performer. Students consult with designers on details of the design and performance requirements of the costume. They discuss and advise the design students as to the appropriate fabrics and construction techniques to be used to make the costume.

New and non-traditional materials and techniques are harnessed for use in a project responding to issues of scale and visual impact when making for sizeable venues that differ from the NIDA experience. Experts in fields of the arts external to NIDA are brought in to augment the students’ understanding of the possibilities of collaboration within the wider arts environment.

SEMESTER TWO

COS7202B COSTUME INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION (15 credit points)

In making a more complex female garment for performance, students expand the depth of their collaboration with the designer and performer. With input from the designer, performer and stage management, students problem-solve issues that arise from the making and rehearsal process. They begin to form independent judgments on scale, proportion, line and detail for the female form in performance.

For the first time students have the sole responsibility to translate a designer’s concept into a complete set of costumes for a production. Following theoretical classes and industry case studies, the students progress to comprehending more clearly the complexity and responsibilities involved in working with directors, performers, designers, production and stage managers at a management level.

Performance and Ideas

SEMESTER ONE

COM7201A PERFORMANCE AND IDEAS (10 credit points)

This subject draws together some of the earlier learning about tragedy and comedy and brings into focus twelve

different play texts through which students form an understanding of the tragi-comedic form and the ideas that have influenced it across the centuries.

SEMESTER TWO

COM7201B PERFORMANCE AND IDEAS (10 credit points)

This subject builds upon the knowledge and analytical skills built in the earlier semesters of Performance and Ideas, and culminates in a study of nine different works to develop an understanding of non-Aristotelian experiments as they have impacted on the development of contemporary performance. The subject addresses the questions:

  • What can performance be?
  • What are the ethics of performance?
  • In what way has innovation in performance ruptured, adapted and affirmed a tradition of practice?

Student-led Projects

SEMESTER ONE

COM7203A STUDENT-LED PROJECTS (5 credit points)

Student-led Projects derive from the theoretical and methodological frameworks explored in introduction to Collaboration. Students self-select their collaborative teams with cross cohort representation. Together each team shapes an idea for presentation drawing on the individual knowledge and ability of each member to problem-solve in the development and realisation of the collaborative endeavour. Collaborative groups request input from staff or external mentors when it is required. In this subject, students apply their acquired knowledge of behaviours, innovation in practice, leadership, followership, emotional intelligence and negotiation skills to devise a collaborative performative work.

Each group draws on the collective knowledge of different performance forms and processes to decide on the particular shape of their work and has strategies and articulated stages for the collaboration built into a written conceptual plan. A peer-review framework for assessment makes each student individually and collectively behaviourally accountable to the vision of the work.

SEMESTER TWO

COM7203B STUDENT-LED PROJECTS (5 credit points)

In this subject students build on the collaborative practice project established in the preceding semester by bringing their project to realisation and, if they wish, presenting it in a public or semi-public setting.

Students complete their documentation of the whole project in this semester, refine and finalise their framework for peer review, and document the outcome of the peer review process after final presentations of the work. 
Third year

Costume Studio

SEMESTER ONE

COS7301A COSTUME STUDIO (15 credit points)

The journeys of discovery continue as students develop and establish the framework for a substantial, mentored research project. This project entails a self-initiated interrogation propelled by the individual students. It enables the students to investigate in depth an aspect of costume or clothing about which they wish to test a hypothesis or gain a greater understanding. Students use their judgment to evaluate the appropriate skills, methodologies and techniques to progress towards their research outcome.

SEMESTER TWO

COS7301B COSTUME STUDIO (15 credit points)

COS7301B Costume Studio is the culminating work and presentation for the Costume course at NIDA when the research project commenced in the previous semester is presented publicly. It can be delivered as a dissertation, presented as a creative work or a combination of both.

The documentation of the process forms part of the presentation as does the form and manner of presentation. As students of a storytelling medium, the students must present their research and conclusions in an engaging and informative manner.

Costume Interdisciplinary Collaboration

SEMESTER ONE

COS7302A COSTUME INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION (30 credit points)

Students take on the leadership role of costume supervisor for a main-stage production, synthesising accumulated managerial, technical and creative learning. The students engage with other departments in the full production process from initial design consultations through the planning, construction and rehearsal process to technical and dress rehearsals, performances and bump-outs. Oversight of the process includes guidance and supervision of less experienced crew from their own and other courses.

Students also co-curate an exhibition or installation within the NIDA environment or extend their collaboration beyond NIDA’s venues and personnel, liaising with external stakeholders to conceptualise, progress and fulfil the brief for the exhibition or installation.

SEMESTER TWO

COS7302B COSTUME INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION (30 credit points)

Students use their insights into the world of costume to identify the direction of their potential career path and decide an avenue to pursue within the collaborative process. They may choose to supervise a large-scale production with new and differing challenges and personnel or undertake to construct significant male and female costumes, identifying areas not previously addressed within their collaborative experience.

Students investigate specialist costumes that could include extreme body shaping, non-traditional costume materials or techniques, costume-props and traditional dancewear such as leotards. This project enables students to interface with a diverse portfolio of stakeholders to understand the varying needs of specialist performance.

Costume Professional Practice

SEMESTER ONE

COS7303A COSTUME PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (15 credit points)

The purpose of this subject is twofold: firstly, students engage with the non-discipline specific skills and knowledge they will require to successfully pursue careers within a professional artistic environment; secondly, it commences the process of introducing and integrating the students into professional industries, networks and communities.

These aims are achieved through a combination of formal seminars, as well as through experiential and immersive learning opportunities within the industry under professional guidance.

SEMESTER TWO

COS7303B COSTUME PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (15 credit points)

This semester students deepen their knowledge and expectations in readiness for the transition to professional life, primarily through further industry placements and mentoring arrangements. Students acquire further practical skills and knowledge, whilst also developing a broader contextualisation, understanding and experience of the industry. 

Careers

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Costume) you will have the necessary skills and knowledge required to succeed across the multidisciplinary field of costume making.

Potential careers

  • Costume cutter
  • Costume supervisor
  • Tailor
  • Costume maker
  • Buyer
  • Stylist
  • Finisher
  • Milliner
  • Prop costumes
  • Film stand-by
  • Wardrobe manager
  • Costume designer

Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for domestic students, see international students for costs for international students.

The tuition fees are reviewed each year and if you enrol you are liable for the additional tuition costs if the tuition fees rise during the course of your enrolments.

Tuition fees overview

Degree Course duration 2017 Annual tuition fee $AUD* Estimated total course tuition fee*
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Costume) Three years $13,998 $41,994

 

Tuition fee details 

Year 1, 2017
Subject code Subject Credit points EFTSL** Tuition fee*
Semester 1, 2017



COS7101A Costume Studio 30 0.25 $3,499.50
COS7102A Costume Interdisciplinary Collaboration 15 0.125 $1,749.75
COM7101A Performance and Ideas 10 0.083 $1,166.50
COM7102A Introduction to Collaboration 5 0.042 $583.25
Total for Semester 1, 2017
60 0.5 $6,999
Semester 2, 2017



COS7101B Costume Studio 30 0.25 $3,499.50
COS7102B Costume Interdisciplinary Collaboration 15 0.125 $1,749.75
COM7101B Performance and Ideas 10 0.083 $1,166.50
COM7102B Introduction to Collaboration 5 0.042 $583.25
Total for Semester 2, 2017
60 0.5 $6,999
Total for Year 1
120 1.0 $13,998
 
Year 2, 2017
Subject code Subject Credit points EFTSL** Tuition fee*
Semester 1, 2017



COS7201A Costume Studio 30 0.25 $3,499.50
COS7202A Costume Interdisciplinary Collaboration 15 0.125 $1,749.75
COM7201A Performance and Ideas 10 0.083 $1,166.50
COM7203A Student-led Projects 5 0.042 $583.25
Total for Semester 1, 2017
60 0.5 $6,999
Semester 2, 2017



COS7201B Costume Studio 30 0.25 $3,499.50
COS7202B Costume Interdisciplinary Collaboration 15 0.125 $1,749.75
COM7201B Performance and Ideas 10 0.083 $1,166.50
COM7203B Student-led Projects 5 0.042 $583.25
Total for Semester 2, 2017
60 0.5 $6,999
Total for Year 2
120 1.0 $13,998
 
Year 3, 2017
Subject code Subject Credit points EFTSL** Tuition fee*
Semester 1, 2017



COS7301A Costume Studio 15 0.125 $1,749.75
COS7302A Costume Interdisciplinary Collaboration 30 0.25 $3,499.50
COS7303A Costume Professional Practice 15 0.125 $1,749.75
Total for Semester 1, 2017
60 0.5 $6,999
Semester 2, 2017



COS7301B Costume Studio 15 0.125 $1,749.75
COS7302B Costume Interdisciplinary Collaboration 30 0.25 $3,499.50
COS7303B Costume Professional Practice 15 0.125 $1,749.75
Total for Semester 2, 2017
60 0.5 $6,999
Total for Year 3
120 1.0 $13,998
 * The tuition fees are reviewed each year and you are liable for the additional tuition costs if the tuition fees rise during the course of your enrolment. 

** EFTSL - Effective Fulltime Study Load: indicates the relative study load of a subject against a full time study load of 1.0 for an academic year.    

Additional costs

Equipment List

All these items are to be purchased and labelled with your name prior to arrival at NIDA - an engraving tool is available at NIDA if needed.

This equipment will be checked by your Head of Department by 1 February 2017. You should consider your purchases as life-long investments. All tools on this list will be discussed in the first week of study, such that any queries can be addressed at that time.

Required Tools

  • 1 pair of dressmaking shears (good quality ‘Mundial’ or equivalent). Engrave your name on these.
  • 1 pair of pinking shears
  • 1 pair of craft scissors (for cutting paper, cardboard and other non-fabric materials)
  • 2 pairs rubber gloves (one domestic pair and one industrial, heavy-duty pair for dying)
  • 1 respirator with solvent filters
  • 1 pair of long nose pliers (combination insulated, that can also cut wire)
  • 1 unpicker
  • 1 pack of tailors’ wax (beeswax)
  • 1 lint brush
  • 1 tape measure (inches and centimetres)
  • 1 plastic pattern-making ruler (centimetre square rule)
  • 1 grading ruler (inches and centimetres). Can be obtained from quilters’ stores.
  • 1 pattern-making French curve
  • 1 thimble
  • 2 tracing wheels (sharp and blunt)
  • 1 packet carbon tracing paper (Burda assorted colours)
  • 1 packet tailors’ chalk in various colours
  • 1 large box of pearl-headed pins
  • 1 stiletto (for making holes)
  • 1 packet hand-sewing needles
  • 1 thread snips
  • 3 fine permanent markers (red, black, blue) – ‘Sharpies’ are good

Most of these items can be bought from Greenfields (02 9212 1944, 30-36 Ann Street, Surry Hills).

Optional Tools

  • 1 camera or camera phone for taking photographs of classes, fittings and to start recording work for your portfolio
  • 1 pattern notcher (can be bought from ‘Henmark’ in Alexandria)
  • 1 metre ruler (centimetres)
  • 1 plastic sewing or fishing tackle box
  • Laptop

Stationery Requirements

  • 1 address book with refill options or a digital version
  • 1 A4 lined spiral notebook
  • A supply of HB, B and 2B pencils, a pencil sharpener and a soft eraser
  • Writing pens
  • 1 strong stapler
  • 1 paper hole-punch
  • Invisible or ‘magic’ sticky tape and office style tape dispenser
  • 1 A3 ring folder
  • 3-4 A4 ring folders
  • 1 box (100) A4 and A3 plastic sleeves

During the term, additional stationary may be required at your expense. NIDA only supplies stationery for productions.

Clothing Requirements

Shortly after arriving at NIDA you will be required to have a set of black clothes for production work (a long sleeved black top and long black trousers). You should also have protective footwear to be worn in the workrooms and theatre spaces. For Costume students this means enclosed, comfortable shoes.

Safe working clothing is COMPULSORY when in the workshop area.

Closed shoes must be worn at all times in the workshop studios and theatres.

Recommended Reading

While students are provided with the script of any plays they are involved in as part of the NIDA Production Program, students are encouraged to purchase other scripts and textbooks for subjects such as Performance and Ideas. 

Information Technology Recommendations

To access NIDA wireless (iWIRE) network, students are required to have access to a Laptop (Windows 7 and later), Macbook (Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or later) or a Tablet (less than three years old with wireless facility). All the devices should comply with 802.11a/b/g/n WPA-Enterprise security. All notebooks should be secured with a Kensington lock to help prevent theft.

For file transfers and data backup, a 500GB hard drive or higher and an 8GB USB stick are also recommended, as is a DVD burner, for optimum visual graphics on your computer(Laptop/MacBook/Desktop etc.) a 1GB dedicated graphics card is recommended but not required. 

Download the NIDA Domestic Undergraduate Student Fees Schedule 2017 (PDF 757KB).

Domestic and international students are required to pay tuition fees by the due date each semester. Domestic students are Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens.

International Students 

Fees and financial assistance vary for International students see International Students for full details. 

Further financial information

Australian citizens and holders of permanent humanitarian visas are eligible for an Australian Government FEE-HELP loan for all or part of their tuition fees. For more information about FEE-HELP please read the information below and visit Study Assist.

FEE-HELP

WHAT IS FEE-HELP?

FEE-HELP is the Australian Government loan scheme that assists eligible students to pay their tuition fees, so that students do not have to pay tuition fees up-front. FEE-HELP can cover all or part of a student's tuition fees. In 2015 the FEE-HELP lifetime limit is $97,728.

A loan fee of 25% applies to FEE-HELP loans for undergraduate courses of study. The FEE-HELP limit does not include the loan fee.

The Government pays the amount of the loan directly to NIDA. Students repay their loan through the tax system once their income rises above the minimum threshold for compulsory repayment.

For more information go to www.studyassist.gov.au

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR FEE-HELP?

You are eligible for a FEE-HELP loan if you are either:

  • an Australian Citizen; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa.

The following students are NOT eligible for FEE-HELP:

  • New Zealand citizens - refer to the Study Assist website
  • Australian permanent residents
  • Overseas students.

Financial assistance

Eligible students, who are Australian residents, can apply to Centrelink for financial assistance through Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY. Visit Centrelink or call 132 490 for more information. 

While at NIDA, students can also apply for consideration for a NIDA student bursary.

Statement of Tuition Assurance Exemption

Under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, (the HESA) and the Higher Education Provider Guidelines, approved Higher Education Providers must have arrangements in place to protect students if the Provider is unable to continue to offer a course for any reason, unless the Provider has been exempted from this requirement.

As required under 2.5.1.5 of the Higher Education Provider Guidelines of 23 November 2006, NIDA advises that, under section 16-30 (2) of the HESA, NIDA has been granted an exemption from the tuition assurance requirements of HESA. The reason for the exemption is that NIDA is in receipt of funding from the Australian Government. As NIDA is principally funded by the Australian Government, appropriate transition arrangements would be put in place should it be decided to discontinue a course.

FAQs

Entry requirements FAQs

What ATAR score do I need to get into NIDA?

Entry into NIDA courses is by audition or interview only. We do not ask for exam scores or ATAR rankings. However, all applicants applying for any higher education course at NIDA must have completed their Higher School Certificate or equivalent qualification at the end of high school. In exceptional circumstances this requirement can be waived. 

What subjects should I study at school?

NIDA does not require students to have studied any particular subjects at school. However, it is beneficial during their period of study at NIDA for students to have a high level of literacy and to have read widely. A strong working knowledge of subjects such as English and History is helpful to provide an understanding of historical context and literary references in theatre and literature. It is helpful to have an understanding of drama and, if possible, to have attended a range of theatre and films. Applicants for some courses often study Design and Technology, Textiles and Design, or similar subjects such as Art. Knowledge of a language other than English and understanding of other cultures is also beneficial. 

For courses such as Properties and Objects, Staging, Design for Performance, and Technical Theatre and Stage Management there is a need to have some numeracy and basic computing skills. For the Staging and Properties and Objects courses there is a need to be comfortable with basic applied algebra, geometry and physical concepts but memorisation is not required and use of these concepts is very practically focused. 

Is there a minimum age restriction?

The minimum age for entry into NIDA’s full-time courses is 18 years. Students are expected to be at least 18 years of age at the commencement of their first year, or within a few months of commencement. In exceptional circumstances this condition may be waived. Applicants must be at least 17 years of age at the time of their audition or interview.

Applications from those 16 years and younger will not be accepted.

Is there a maximum age restriction?

There is no maximum age restriction. As a guide to the age distribution at NIDA, the ages of students in undergraduate courses at the start of 2016 ranged from 17 years to early 30s, with the average age being 21.

The average age in the Master of Fine Arts courses is 32, with an age range from early 20s to mid-40s.

Application FAQs

How do I apply for a full-time course at NIDA?

The first step is to fill in an application form, available online from 1 July to 30 September. You must then prepare for your audition or interview, the details of which can be found on the course pages.

My application form isn’t working/loading!

Online applications are open from 1 July to 30 September annually.

If you are having difficulty using the online application form, check your internet browser: Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari are the recommended browsers. You should also turn off any security that blocks pop-ups, as this may prevent the application screen from opening.

Can I apply for more than one course?

Yes, however a separate online application form and payment of application fee $150.00 will be required for each course you would like to apply for.

What do I do if the audition/ interview dates are not suitable?

NIDA aims to accommodate all Australian states during the audition/ interview period. If the dates provided are not suitable to individuals we will try to work with you to create a suitable alternative.

If you cannot attend any of the available dates during the application process, please select the option ‘Other- Dates provided not suitable’ and email applications@nida.edu.au to discuss further options

International students (all courses other than acting) should select the option ‘International- Offshore Applicant’ a representative from NIDA will then be in touch via email to organise an interview over Skype which will suit both you and our staff.

What do I do if I haven’t received details of my interview?

Once you have submitted your application and paid your application fee you will be emailed a receipt as well as further details regarding preparation for your audition/ interview. If you do not receive any emails from NIDA please check your junk/ spam filter or promotions filter (Gmail). If you are still experiencing difficulties please contact us at: applications@nida.edu.au

Audition and interview FAQs

What do I need to prepare for my audition/interview?

All the details for audition and interview requirements can be found on the individual course pages under the ‘How to Apply’ tab.

Does NIDA give audition/interview feedback?

Due to the large number of people being auditioned or interviewed, it is not possible for NIDA to provide individual feedback, either orally or in writing. However, the auditions and interviews are learning experiences, particularly through the opportunity in the auditions to observe the presentation of audition pieces by other applicants and any redirection suggestions provided to you or other applicants by members of the audition panel. 

What are my chances of getting into NIDA’s Acting course straight from high school?

There are around 1700 applicants for the 24 places in the Acting course. Most school leavers who apply for the Acting course are not accepted the first time they apply. There are advantages to having some life experience and maturity to be able to cope with a very rigorous course. However, the audition process is a valuable one and provides useful experience for future applications. There were two school-leavers among the 24 applicants selected for entry in 2016.

Where will my interview take place?

During your online application you will have the opportunity to select the date and location of your audition/ interview. The specific location details will be sent to you with your receipt once you have submitted a complete application form. You will also be sent further information for how you can change the location/ date of your audition/ interview if necessary. Please note that NIDA reserves the right to amend your audition/ interview date/ location at any time depending on availability.

What happens after my interview?

Final selections are made for each course by mid- December when study offers will be distributed to successful applicants via email.

Please note applicants who do not make it through to the recall stage for Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) and Master of Fine Arts (Directing) courses have not been successful for the 2017 intake.

Studying at NIDA FAQs

What are the contact hours for BFA courses?

Students are at NIDA from 9am to 6pm from Monday to Friday. During production terms students may also be required for rehearsals after hours and on weekends.

Additional time also needs to be allocated to library work, research, preparation for classes and private study. For this reason it is difficult for NIDA students to maintain regular part-time jobs. Studying at NIDA is a big commitment so students need to manage their time and resources carefully.

How are NIDA’s courses structured?

NIDA offers a conservatoire based method of education and training based around intensive practice-based learning.

There is formal class work, practical instruction, lectures and, for some courses, periods of placements in the arts industry. Each course has dedicated time to discipline-specific immersion, as well as common subjects undertaken by students of all disciplines.

NIDA Play Productions and screen work provides practical learning experiences, giving students the opportunity to apply learnt technical skills. Play productions are an important part of NIDA’s higher education courses with usually five productions being produced each semester.

More detailed information about course structure can be found on the individual course pages. 

What facilities does NIDA offer?

NIDA’s award winning campus includes a range of facilities available to students:

  • the Parade Theatre, seating over 700 people, is equipped with advanced technology in sound, lighting and scenery
  • performance spaces of varying sizes. The Parade Studio, Parade Playhouse, Parade Space and Atrium are also utilised for productions
  • the state-of-the-art Reg Grundy Studio is used for film and television recording
  • the Rodney Seaborn Library, specialising in the performing arts
  • computer-aided design (CAD) and multimedia studios
  • rehearsal rooms, teaching spaces and music practice rooms
  • and workshops for the manufacture of scenery, properties and costumes.

What student services does NIDA offer?

Because of NIDA’s close relationship with UNSW, in addition to the NIDA library, NIDA students have access to the UNSW Library, The Learning Centre, health services and the UNSW Fitness and Aquatic Centre, all located close to NIDA.

NIDA students have access to student counselling services provided through UNSW.

Indigenous students can also use the services of the Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Centre at UNSW.

Does NIDA offer credit transfer for study undertaken elsewhere?

Yes, NIDA grants credit for formal study undertaken in recognised higher institutions in Australia, including universities, colleges, TAFE and other post-secondary education institutions and for study at recognised overseas institutions, where the applicant has met the learning outcomes, attained the knowledge and/or developed the skills relevant to a specific subject. An application for credit must be submitted and approved prior to commencement of the course. For further information see NIDA’s credit transfer policy.

NIDA Student policies FAQs

Can I defer my studies at NIDA?

Due to the highly competitive nature of NIDA’s admissions process, you must enrol for the year for which you have been offered a place. You cannot defer acceptance of a place. If you want to enrol in a subsequent year, you will need to apply again the following year and go through the audition/interview process again. There is no guarantee that you will be offered a place next time.

A first year student who discontinues a course of study during the year and wishes to return the following year, must re-apply for admission to NIDA in the normal manner. There is no guarantee of re-admission.

Application for leave of absence by continuing students must be made in writing with reasons to the Head of Course for consideration and recommendation to the Director. Approval for leave of absence can only be granted by the Director/CEO. It should be noted that approval for leave of absence will only be granted under exceptional circumstances.

Can students be suspended from NIDA?

In addition to cancellation of enrolment for non-payment of tuition fees, a student’s enrolment at NIDA can be suspended or cancelled on the grounds of misconduct. Refer to the Student Misconduct Procedures below.

Where can I find more information about NIDA Student Policies?

See NIDA Student Policies for more information. 

Fees FAQs

What are the tuition fees for accredited courses?

Full information about tuition fees and FEE-HELP is available under the ‘Fees’ tab on individual course pages. 

Are there any other costs to study at NIDA apart from tuition fees?

There is an optional annual fee of $40 to join the Student Council of NIDA (SCON).While students are provided with the script of any plays they are involved in as part of the NIDA Production Program, students are encouraged to purchase other scripts and textbooks for subjects such as Performance and Ideas. 

Acting students must wear “blacks” to class everyday i.e. leotards, jogging pants, sweat pants, simple black tops or T-shirts, so students need to make sure they have at least a couple of sets of blacks to get themselves through the week. Acting students must also supply their own make-up and soft black shoes. 

Staging, Design for Performance, Costume, Properties and Objects, Technical Theatre and Stage Management students are required to purchase specific tools and equipment, which should be considered as lifelong investments. Students using workshop spaces are also required to have closed-toe protective footwear. Technical Theatre and Stage Management students should also have a few sets of “blacks” for working on productions. 

Design for Performance students are also expected to purchase their own art equipment, drawing paper, cardboard and other material for models and should allow around $1000 for this each year.

To access NIDA wireless (iWIRE) network, students are required to have access to a Laptop (Windows 7 and later), Macbook (Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or later) or a Tablet (less than three years old with wireless facility). All the devices should comply with 802.11a/b/g/n WPA-Enterprise security. 

For file transfers and data backup, a 500GB hard drive or higher and an 8GB USB stick are also recommended, as is a DVD burner, for optimum visual graphics on your computer(Laptop/MacBook/Desktop etc..) a 1GB dedicated graphics card is recommended but not compulsory.

Financial assistance FAQs

Are there scholarships available for studying at NIDA?

NIDA does not offer scholarships that cover the cost of tuition fees. NIDA students, who are Australian citizens, are able to access FEE-HELP loans for assistance with their tuition fees. For more information on FEE-HELP loans see www.studyassist.gov.au.

NIDA offers students the opportunity to apply for financial assistance (bursaries) at the beginning of each year to assist with living costs. The bursaries are made available through the generosity of donors to NIDA and from bequests. Bursaries are paid on a fortnightly basis during the NIDA year, with the value of individual bursaries in 2014 ranging from $1500 annually to $4000 annually, depending on need and the year and course of study. These funds are allocated to students on the basis of financial need, course of study and year of study. Bursaries are only available to students currently enrolled at NIDA.

What other financial assistance is available to undergraduate students?

Eligible students enrolled in NIDA’s undergraduate courses can apply to Centrelink for Austudy, Youth Allowance and ABSTUDY. Visit Centrelink or call 132 490 for more information. 

Is financial assistance available for students in the Master of Fine Arts?

The Master of Fine Arts courses are not approved courses for students to receive Austudy, Youth Allowance (student) and Pensioner Education Supplement through Centrelink. Master of Fine Arts students are eligible to apply for a NIDA bursary

NZ and international students FAQs

Is there a limit on the number of international students accepted each year?

NIDA welcomes applications from international students. While there is no quota for international students, there are limited numbers of students in each course.

What are the English language requirements for international students?

Students must be proficient in written and spoken English, with international applicants required to have an English language proficiency equivalent to an overall band score of IELTS 8.0 for Acting, Directing and Writing for Performance, or IELTS 7.0 for other higher education courses. Information on IELTS and testing centres in your country is available at www.ielts.org.

International applicants who are short-listed for the Acting course after the recall audition must provide evidence of their English language capability by the end of the first week in December in order to be considered in the final selection process. International applications for other courses should bring evidence of their English language capability to their interview.

Where can I find more information about international students at NIDA?

More information about studying as an international student at NIDA can be found at International students

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