NIDA acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which we learn and tell stories, the Bidjigal, Gadigal, Dharawal and Dharug peoples, and we pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present.

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Looking to further your studies? NIDA’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) courses allow students to explore their vision through research and practice in postgraduate studies, all under the guidance of leading industry professionals.

Our Courses

  • MFA (Directing)

    For early career practitioners seeking to master the directing process through collaboration and intensive practice.
  • MFA (Dramatic Writing)

    An industry-focused course to support and accelerate the careers of new writers across stage and screen.
  • MFA (Cultural Leadership)

    Specifically designed for those with active roles in the cultural sector, looking to facilitate new leadership models.


MFA students may be eligible for some NIDA scholarships. Most NIDA scholarships are awarded based on financial need.

  • Accomodation

    NIDA does not have on-campus accommodation for students, however UNSW offers a range of housing options which NIDA students can access.
  • Study Abroad

    Study Abroad is a fee-based option for international university students studying a related course to join NIDA’s full-time courses for one to two semesters.
  • How to apply

    The NIDA application varies depending on the course. Learn more about requirements here.