NIDA ranked in Hollywood Reporter top drama schools

26 July 2021

Above: Eat Me, part of the June Student Production Season in 2021, with NIDA's third-year Acting cohort.

NIDA is proud to have been again included in the annual Hollywood Reporter ranking of the top 25 drama schools in the world, the only drama school outside of the US and the UK and the only Australian one to be included. The process has been rigorous and involved intensive detail about the high calibre training that NIDA provides.

The publication consulted with industry insiders, casting professionals and alumni for its annual ranking, titled The World’s 25 Best Drama Schools, published online on 19 June.

It lauded NIDA as ‘the force from Down Under that produces some of Hollywood’s biggest talents — from Baz Luhrmann to Cate Blanchett and Succession‘s Sarah Snook. The program is three years and offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts. It also gives students an Australian actor’s union membership, the equivalent of an Actors’ Equity card in the US, meaning grads can immediately work professionally in both countries.’


  1. Over 1,200 hopefuls audition every year to land a coveted place amongst 24 people for the BFA Acting course led by Head of Acting, John Bashford, previously Associate Principal at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), where he trained actors such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Richard Armitage.
  2. NIDA’s program features interdisciplinary opportunities in one campus location, with students from all disciplines, including cutting edge set and costume designers, directors and production crews.
  3. A major benefit of training at NIDA (for all disciplines except Acting) is secondments and work placements, in particular with major Hollywood studios and global streaming services.
  4. NIDA graduates get jobs: 95 per cent of graduates are employed in the performance industry within six months of graduating, with over half working in the film and television sector.
  5. NIDA students are taught by award-winning guests, including two-time Academy Award nominee, three-time Emmy Award winner, two-time Golden Globe Award winner, BAFTA Award winner and NIDA alumna Judy Davis; Rocky Horror Picture Show’s iconic director and co-writer, NIDA alumnus Jim Sharman and Academy and BAFTA Award winner Tim Chappel (Priscilla: Queen of the Desert; The Masked Singer).

Interested in applying to study Acting at NIDA in 2022?
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