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10196NAT Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance

Applications to study at NIDA in 2021 are now open.

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

NIDA welcomes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.

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Videos

For our 2020 Virtual Open Day, alumni Mia Healey and Drew Parker joined Mark Gaal (Executive Director Pathways and Partnerships) for a talk about the 10196NAT Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance.

2019 Screen tests

Stage and Screen Performance students record screen tests as part of their diploma program.

2019 Showcase

Stage and Screen Performance students present a live and filmed showcase of their work in front of agents and industry guests at the end of their course.

Student independent projects

Connexxxion is a recent collaboration between several NIDA students, featuring Stage and Screen Performance student Ashyr Mason-Kaine as Amy.

About the course

This year-long intensive and practical course puts you centre stage and in front of the camera, giving you the tools to develop and perform your own stories for stage and screen. During the course you will learn how to collaborate with others to develop and create original
works for various media.

Training is practical, with classes in acting techniques for both live and screen work, performance styles and production practices. You will learn about the multiplicity of roles, technologies and methodologies that exist within the theatre, film, TV and the digital industries.

You will be taught by NIDA staff and leading tutors from the entertainment arts industry. At the end of the course, you will present a live and filmed showcase of your work in one of the NIDA Theatres attended by entertainment industry practitioners, producers and agents.

Course dates and times

2020 Course dates

In 2020 the course will be delivered at our Sydney campus. Duration of the course is 3 February 2020 – 4 December 2020, with an extended break between April and July due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Classes are scheduled 4 days per week, 9am–5pm.

Term 1

Monday 3 February–Thursday 9 April

Term 2

Monday 13 July – Friday 18 September

Term 3

Monday 28 September – Friday 4 December

The scheduling and delivery of this course each year is subject to minimum enrolment numbers.

Course overview

Subjects

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

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

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.

Admission criteria

Essential requirements for admission

Admission criteria

Applicants seeking admission must:

  • Have reached the age of 18 before the commencement of the course (in some circumstances NIDA may select candidates who turn 18 during their 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

Essential requirements

We select applicants who:

  • Demonstrate skills in acting
  • Exhibit a capacity to collaborate 
  • Communicate effectively 
  • Respond to direction and feedback

Fees

Fees

The 10196NAT Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance is only open to domestic students.

Domestic students are Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens.

Tuition fees for 2020 for 10196NAT Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance

2020 Full course fee: $16,425

Schedule of VET tuition fees 2020

2021 Full course fee: $16,425

Further financial information

VET Student Loans

NIDA is an approved VET Student Loans provider.

Enrolled vocational students can defer part of their fees using VET Student Loans (Australian citizens and permanent residents only). A 20% loan fee applies to VET Student Loans. The amount of the VET Student Loans provided for a part of a course or unit, plus the VET Student Loan fee of 20% is referred to as the VETSL Debt. More information regarding VET Students Loans can be found here;

https://www.education.gov.au/information-vet-student-loans-students

VETSL Debt repayments are generally made after the student commences full time employment, repayment amounts are taken out of their pay by the Australian tax system. Students can make voluntary repayments at any time to reduce their balance; payments are made directly to the Australian Tax Office.

More information about paying back your VETSL Debt can be found here;

https://www.education.gov.au/vet-students/how-repayments-are-made-vet-loans

https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Study-and-training-support-loans/Voluntary-repayments/

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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.

NIDA is registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) under the National Vocational Education and Regulator Act 2011 to deliver Vocational Education and Training (VET) services. NIDA is a NVR Registered Training Organisation (RTO): ID number 90349.

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How to apply

How to apply

There are six steps to applying:

STEP 1

New Applicants: Create your application account here. You will be sent an automatic email with your log in details to continue your application.

If you have previously applied and your email address already exists in the application system you will not be able to create a new account . Please follow the link below to reset your password, use your email address as your User Login ID. Reset your password here.

STEP 2

Log in, select the green ‘New Application’ button and complete the online form.

STEP 3

Upload the following documentation to the online form:

  • Evidence of your most recent qualification if you have one (e.g. school report, Higher School Certificate, university transcript, statement of attainment)
  • Proof of identification and citizenship (e.g. Australian passport, Australian driver’s licence, birth certificate. The scanned document needs to show your date of birth).
  • A recent photograph (head and shoulders, in colour, well lit, plain background).
  • One Audition video as a link to an unlisted YouTube video (click on the below tabs for further information on audition materials)

STEP 4

By credit /debit card, make payment of AUD $75.00, as an application administration fee.

STEP 5

Wait to hear from us by mid October, regarding whether we are able to meet with you at a call-back session. (To assist with your planning, we have published the dates and times for call-backs on the course pages on the website).

Not everyone who submits a video will be invited to a call back.

STEP 6

If we have invited you, please attend your call-back session. At this session, come prepared with the requirements we have outlined on the course page on our website.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF APPLYING
  • The application administration fee payable by you is AUD $75.00 (including GST) per application. This is non-refundable.
  • Applications for NIDA's diploma level courses (that commence in 2021) close on 30 September 2020. NIDA may not be able to accept applications after this date.
  • There are a limited number of places available in each of our diploma courses. Selection is based on merit; not all applicants who meet the published entry requirements will receive a study offer.
  • All applicants are required to review the course information, including the schedule of tuition fees, published on the course page on our website.
  • It is not possible to provide applicants with individual written or oral feedback on their audition.
  • Applicants who receive a study offer for 2021 must accept the offer within the time frame indicated. It is not possible to defer a study offer at NIDA.
  • NIDA encourages applications from people from diverse backgrounds, with different levels of experience in their chosen area of interest.

Audition requirements

Your video submission needs to consist of the following:

  • A short statement to camera regarding your background, interests and tell us why you would like to do this NIDA course.
  • Two contrasting monologues from a contemporary or classic stage or screen script of approximately two minutes in length each. You may choose Australian or international work.

Click HERE for instructions on how to upload an unlisted YouTube video.

You will only be able to upload one audition video. Please ensure that all components are in the one video, and under the one link.

NIDA encourages applications from students from diverse backgrounds, with different levels of experience in the entertainment industry.

Tips for your video submission

Tips for your video submission

You will only be able to upload one audition video. Please ensure that all components are in the one video, and under the one link.

Click HERE for instructions on how to upload an unlisted YouTube video.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Talk to us -

  • about your background, and your interest in performing
  • why you would like to undertake the NIDA course you are applying for

You are required to present 2 contrasting monologues. Choose material -

  • from classic or contemporary stage or screen scripts
  • that are different in style
  • where you can relate to the character and situation
  • that you enjoy performing
  • present 1 monologue in mid-shot (where we see you from the waist up), and present the other monologue in long-shot (where we can see you from head-to-toe)

Call Back Sessions

If we have invited you, please attend your call-back session. To assist with your planning, we have published the dates below.

Melbourne

Wednesday 11 November: 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm – 2 separate groups

Brisbane

Tuesday 17 November: 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm – auditionees need to be prepared to remain for both sessions (the whole day, if required)

Sydney

Thursday 10 December: 2pm - 5pm

Friday 11 December: 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm

If you are invited to a call-back audition you may be required to:
  • Present your prepared monologues.
  • Participate in collaborative tasks, including group improvisation.
  • Discuss your previous training and performance experience.

Wear suitable clothing – any casual clothing that does not limit movement is acceptable

Careers

As a graduate of the 10196NAT 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.

Potential careers
  • Performer for stage and screen
  • Writer or creator for stage and screen

See NIDA's list of Alumni.

Further info

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

Email: vocational@nida.edu.au

Phone: +61 (02) 9697 7516

Mail:

Vocational applications
NIDA
215 Anzac Parade
Kensington NSW 2033

Further information regarding NIDA's vocational training products can be found at Training.gov.au

Read more about NIDA's Executive Director Pathways and Partnerships Mark Gaal


NIDA is registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to deliver Vocational Education and Training (VET) services. RTO (Registered Training Organisation) code: 90349

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