NIDA is a place of research and practice – Australia’s dedicated educational institute for the entertainment arts. Our mission is to give you access to quality training in a supportive, nurturing environment.

Short and part time courses – from introductory to advanced levels – are available year round. Collaborate with others who share your passion, develop specific talents, and learn from the world’s best.

We look forward to welcoming you.

NIDA Open Courses

    • Courses for Children Foster creativity and develop skills in all areas of the performing arts. Choose from holiday and regular term classes. More

    • Courses for Young People Dynamic, practical skills development delivered by inspiring tutors – weekends, or in schools holidays. More

    • Courses for Adults Courses in all disciplines – including stage and screen acting, musical theatre, props-making, writing, costume, design, production and directing. Courses range from weekend and evening courses to longer Studios and Residencies. More

    • Courses for Schools & Teachers Educational activities for students and teachers – access resident and guest artists; experience practical, specialist training. More

    • Vocational Education and Training Courses Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) accredited Certificate and Diploma courses. More


  • “Absolutely recommend NIDA and its school holiday programs. My son won't stop talking about how awesome it is. He especially loved his teacher Ana Maria whom he describes as being so funny and enthusiastic. I personally praise the effort and organisation that has gone into planning the classes and ensuring parents are informed and kids are having a great time. Where do I sign up for next holidays?”
    Nicole Smith, parent, 2014

  • “Thank you for a challenging and very interesting weekend Director’s workshop at NIDA. I learnt so much and really gained an insight into creative processes as a Director.” Dr Sarah Lovesy, Drama Education Consultant, 2014