Stage and Screen Performance
NIDA’s Vocational Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance is a foundation program giving students the skills to perform in live and recorded works, and the knowledge to collaborate with others to develop and create original works. Students also explore the multiplicity of roles, technologies and methodologies that exist within the theatre, film, television and digital industries.
Training is practical, with classes in acting techniques, performance genres and production practices. The course puts students centre stage and in front of the camera, giving them the tools to develop their own stories for stage and screen.
Content is delivered by NIDA staff and guest tutors from the performing arts industry. At the end of this course, graduates will have equally developed skills in acting and in creating original works for stage and screen.
This intensive year of practical study culminates in a showcase of work attended by invited guests.
Auditions and how to apply
How to apply
Applications open 1 July and close 30 September.
Application and interview
- Application is by audition and interview.
- The first step to applying is to book and pay for an interview session.
- Late applications will be accepted if there are spaces available.
- Attend your audition/interview in person.
- Auditions and interviews take place in Penrith, NSW and Melbourne, VIC.
- Prepare for your audition/interview by reading the information below.
Applicants seeking admission must:
- Have reached the age of 17 before the commencement of the course
- Have completed their Higher School Certificate or equivalent; ATAR is not required
- Demonstrate a high level of practical ability, potential and motivation at the interview or audition
- Complete the interview/audition requirements for the course.
All applicants must attend an audition/interview session.
Before the audition/interview session, prepare the following:
- One short monologue from a contemporary play of approximately two minutes in length. You may choose an Australian or an international play.
NIDA encourages applications from students from diverse backgrounds, with different levels of experience in the entertainment industry.
Due to the volume of auditions carried out, we are unable to provide you with individual feedback. The decision of the audition panel is final.
It is not possible to defer an offer of a place at NIDA.
During the session, you will:
- Present ONE short monologue from a contemporary play of approximately two minutes in length
- Participate in group improvisation
- Work with others to develop and pitch a concept for an original theatrical work.
Tips for the day
- Wear suitable clothing – any casual clothing that does not limit movement is acceptable
- Dancewear is appropriate at the callback auditions
Selection of students
We select applicants who:
- Demonstrate skills in acting
- Exhibit a capacity to collaborate
- Communicate effectively
- Respond to direction and feedback.
If you have any further questions about the application process, please contact:
Phone: +61 (02) 9697 7516
215 Anzac Parade
Kensington NSW 2033
Course dates and times
2018 Course dates
In 2018 the course will be delivered at our Sydney and Melbourne Campuses. Duration of the course is 22 January 2018–28 September 2018, 4 days per week, usually Tuesday to Friday, 9am–5pm.
Monday 22 January–Friday 6 April 2018
Monday 30 April–Friday 6 July 2018
Monday 23 July–Friday 28 September 2018
2017 Course dates
In 2017/2018 the course will be delivered at our Sydney Campus. Duration of the course is 24 July 2017–29 March 2018, 4 days per week, usually Tuesday to Friday, 9am–5pm.
Monday 24 July–Friday 29 September 2017
Monday 9 October–Friday 15 December 2017
Monday 22 January–Thursday 29 March 2018
The course 10196NAT Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance comprises the following units of competency:
- CUAIND402 Provide Freelance Services
- CUAACT401 Use a Range of Acting Techniques in Performance
- CUAMPF602 Manage Stagecraft Aspects of Performance
- CUAPPR502 Develop Own Sustainable Professional Practice
- CUAPRF503 Prepare for Performances in a Competitive Environment
- CUAWHS501 Maintain a High Level of Fitness for Performance
- DSSASC501 Apply Storytelling Conventions
- DSSUPP502 Use Performance Practices to Develop a Production
- DSSDWS503 Devise Works for Stage
- DSSDWS504 Devise Works for Screen
- DSSDAT505 Develop Acting Techniques for Screen
- DSSADE506 Apply Design Elements for Stage
- DSSADE507 Apply Design Elements for Screen
- DSSUTP508 Use Technology in Performance
This vocational course provides students with knowledge and skills to perform the following functions associated with the entertainment arts:
- Performer, able to interpret scripts; build, present and sustain characters; and collaborate with others to create live performance, screen and media productions.
- Deviser, able to originate and develop characters, situations and stories for live performance, screen and media productions.
As a graduate of the Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance you have the performance skills and theory knowledge to be employed in a range of industries, including television, film, theatre and radio.
- Performer – stage and screen
- Deviser/writer – original stage and screen works
Tuition fees for 2017 for Vocational Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance
Tuition fees for 2017: $16,000.
Students are required to pay tuition fees on or before enrolment day.
The Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance is only open to domestic students. Domestic students are Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens.
The Australian Government is currently reviewing the VET FEE-HELP loan scheme. Please contact NIDA Vocational Studies for further details.
Read more about NIDA's Director of Vocational Studies Mark Gaal
NIDA is an approved delegate of the Australian Skills Quality Authority. Registered Training Organisation (RTO) ID number 90349.