Course Details


Masters Degree

Study Load

Full Time

Study Mode

In Class

Course Location

New South Wales

Applications Close

Sep 30, 2024

Course Starts

Feb 3, 2025


18 months

National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)

Master of Fine Arts Directing

NIDA’s immersive directing course enables talented, early-career practitioners to master the directing process. Students are guided to create and express an artistic vision for the future of the arts and entertainment industries and connect with contemporary audiences through their work.

Learning is embedded in real-world collaborative projects that span classical and contemporary theatre, screen, opera, musicals, devised performance and event-based directing. Students develop projects alongside and are mentored by leading Australian and international industry guests. Directing students engage with local and international actors, designers, production companies, performing arts centres and festivals.

In their graduation project, students develop, cast and direct a short live performance of their choice in a season at NIDA Theatres. MFA Directing students graduate with an advanced approach to collaboration and leadership, a comprehensive process as a director, and a distinct directorial voice, having forged industry connections to activate their career.


Entry is by merit selection.

General entry requirements for accredited postgraduate courses are as follows:

  • Have completed an undergraduate degree (in any area) or have five years relevant experience in a related area.
  • Be proficient in written and spoken English.

Applications are encouraged from domestic applicants who:

  • Identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

Applications are encouraged from international applicants who:

  • have successfully completed a Genuine Temporary Entry (GTE) interview.
  • have an English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 8.0
Applications Open

Jun 3, 2024