We are Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art, a centre of excellence in training for theatre, film and television. NIDA’s primary role is to select and train exceptionally talented young people at a tertiary level, preparing them for careers in theatre, film and television.
We offer full-time fully-accredited Bachelor degrees in Acting, Costume, Design for Performance, Properties and Objects (props), Staging, and Technical Theatre and Stage Management, Masters degrees in Cultural Leadership, Directing and Writing for Performance and Diploma courses in Musical Theatre, Live Production and Technical Services, Stage and Screen Performance, and Specialist Make-up Services.
NIDA graduates form the backbone of Australia’s entertainment industry with many going on to achieve international success. Our full-time courses are accredited higher education courses approved under the (NSW) Higher Education Act, 2001. NIDA is generously supported by the Australian Government. It is not just those seeking full-time training for a career in entertainment who have access to the school. Our training philosophy, educational expertise and environment are available to the public through our NIDA Open program, which provides short course training for children, young people and adults and our Corporate Performance department, which provides quality training to the corporate world and other specialist areas.
Our award winning and spectacular theatre complex is also available to hire for theatrical productions, commercial events, or individual functions. NIDA is a member of the Australian Roundtable for Arts Training Excellence: An initiative between the national performing arts training organisations and the Australian Government – committed to providing unique and high-level training for emerging artists.
As well as our state of the art facilities in Sydney, we launched NIDA Melbourne in 2017, a creative hub that runs our NIDA Open and Corporate courses in South Bank, Melbourne. NIDA Melbourne also hosts monthly NIDAnights events, which include workshops, masterclasses, presentations and roundtables presented in partnership with change-makers in the creative ecosystem of Melbourne.