Adults FAQs

Here are the most common questions people ask about NIDA Open programs for Adults.

What is your cancellation and refund policy?

See terms and conditions for full details about transfers, refunds and cancellations.

Do I have to audition to get into a NIDA Open course?

Generally, NIDA Open courses are open to all. There are some courses, which have been designed to suit people with more advanced skills or experience. This is indicated on the information for courses. The NIDA Studio and Residency courses are selective and require an audition, interview or written application.

How do I book a course?

You can enrol online using a Visa or Mastercard credit card. Our website payment portal is a secure site. Alternatively, you can send in an application form with a cheque or money order or call us and enrol over the phone using a credit card.

Can I find out which tutors will be teaching me prior to the course?

You can contact us one week prior to the commencement of the course to find out who is teaching. Please keep in mind that at times it is necessary for us to make staffing changes at short notice.

What is the difference between Workout, Essentials, Techniques and Ensemble courses?

A Workout is a short intensive course where you are fully immersed in the subject of the course over a very short time frame – no longer than one day. It is a perfect beginner’s course.

An Essentials course covers the basics of a subject over a period of two days. These courses often occur over a weekend and are also tailored towards a beginner.

A Techniques course can be a week long course in holiday times or a 3 hour session held on the same evening for 8 weeks. The techniques courses are tiered from Techniques 1, Techniques 2 and Techniques 3. It is preferred that as a beginner you initially enrol in Techniques 1, followed by Techniques 2 and then 3. We encourage our students to audition for the ensemble courses after completing Techniques 3.

The Ensemble courses are audition based courses which run for one night a week over 6 months. They are tailored for people with some experience or those who have some training and wish to improve their existing skill set. We encourage our Ensemble students to audition for the Extended Ensemble courses at the end of their 6 month course.

The Extended Ensemble is an audition based course which runs for two nights per week over 6 months. Screen Acting Ensemble Extended and Acting Ensemble Extended are tailored for the working actor or the performer who has undertaken significant study and wishes to improve their existing skill set. We encourage our Ensemble Extended students to audition for the one year Studios at the end of their 6 month course.

Do the Techniques 2 or 3 courses require any pre-requisite courses?

To get the most out of the Techniques 2 and 3 courses you are required to have completed Techniques 1 or another comparable course prior to the commencement of the course or have relevant industry experience.

Where do I go on my first day?

We will send you information via email which will identify the venue details. If your course is taking place at the NIDA Kensington campus, enter through the glass doors, 215 Anzac Parade, check in at the reception desk and then wait in the foyer until further instruction.

What does NIDA organise and what do I need to arrange?

NIDA arranges your course tuition. You need to make your own arrangements for travel or if appropriate, for accommodation. But remember to call the office to confirm the course is going ahead before confirming your travel bookings.

What should I wear or bring?

Wear loose, comfortable clothing for any performance related course. Clothes that restrict movement are inappropriate.
Design and technical courses may take place in workshop areas or in theatres, and to access these areas you need to wear close toe footwear (shoes or boots).
We encourage all of our students to bring along a pen, paper and a water bottle.

Can I smoke at the venue?

Smoking is not permitted at the NIDA Kensington campus, or in any of the venues or grounds used by NIDA

Is lunch provided as part of my course?

Courses are not catered. Please bring your own refreshments. If your course is taking place at the Kensington campus, there is a café which operates during the day that sells food and drink.

Do I get a DVD of my work if I enrol in a Screen Course?

We only provide an electronic copy of your work if we have stated in our course copy that scenes will be provided at the end of the course.

Do I get a certificate from attending a course?*

NIDA issues a Certificate of Attendance for Adults who attend a course longer than two days. Studio students receive a Certificate of Achievement.

If I have any further questions will I be able to obtain the tutors contact details after I finish my course?

We do not release our tutors' personal contact details. However our course managers are happy to assist you with any questions after your course is completed. We recommend that you stay updated with our latest courses to continue with the learning process once the course has ended. It is also helpful to check our website for any extension courses that follow on from your most recent course.

If I do a NIDA Open course, will it help me to get into a NIDA Higher Education course?

NIDA Open courses help you to know whether a career in the entertainment industry isright for you, what aspect of the entertainment industry suits you best, and whether NIDA fulltime training is for you. For details regarding the application for NIDA Higher Education, please visit the NIDA website.

What do I do if I auditioned for a Studio or Ensemble course and I wasn’t accepted?

We encourage you to further your training by enrolling in one of our Techniques classes. These will provide you with an opportunity to further your skill set and obtain individual feedback on your progress as a performer.

Will I receive individualised specific feedback on my audition at NIDA?

No. Due to the high volume of auditions we are unable to provide individualised feedback. However, if you are enrolled in a non-audition entry course you will receive feedback on your progress.

I have an important Auditions /Screen Test coming up, do you provide training specific to my needs?

During the year we run courses focusing on Screen Tests and Auditions however if these times are not convenient for you, please contact the NIDA Open office directly on (02) 9697 7626 and we can organise a customised course for you at an hourly rate.

Which actors' agencies does NIDA recommend?

NIDA does not recommend or endorse any agencies, however we do suggest that you make an informed decision. You can find a list of actor’s agents at the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance .

I have found a course that I would like to enrol in but it’s not held in a location that is convenient for me.*

Please put your name on the course waiting list and we will advise you when a course becomes available in your area.

What can I do if I have any problems, questions or want some advice?

Please phone us on 02 9697 7626 or email, if you would like to discuss any aspect of your course.

We are committed to ensuring that the standard of our customer service and the quality of our training is of the highest possible.

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