Beginner to advanced adult courses

NIDA offers a range of short courses and experiences for Adults across the spectrum of dramatic arts disciplines including Acting, Presenting, Music Theatre, Directing, Writing, Design, Technical Theatre and Stage Management.

Find a course

Whether you’re looking for a taste of something you’ve always been interested in, or you are ready for a rigorous approach to prepare you for a career in the arts, we have flexible training options to suit your level and interest. Our programs are designed to reflect current practices and trends in the industry, drawing on the expertise of active, highly skilled and passionate teaching artists and practitioners.

Pick a course to suit your level:

  • Beginner (B)– For those with little or no previous experience who are curious to explore performance or performance craft in a fun, safe environment.
  • Core Techniques (CT) – Build the fundamental techniques of your chosen craft through practical exercises.
  • Applied Techniques (AppT) – Apply and extend existing techniques or hone specific skills for the development of your chosen craft. Previous training or experience recommended.
  • Advanced Techniques (AdvT) – Apply complex techniques within a professional practice model. Previous training and experience essential.

Advanced Techniques (AdvT) courses

  • Residencies – Residencies take place in January and June each year over 2-4 weeks in Sydney. Residencies are in Acting and Musical Theatre and entry is by selection. Apply now
  • Studios – Classes are delivered on weekends over six or 12 months in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne across multiple disciplines. Ent ry by audition or interview. Apply now


NIDA short courses for adults run regularly in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne and periodically across Australia. See all our locations to find when a course will be running near you.


Earlybird discount
Book two weeks before the course start date and receive a 10% earlybird discount.

Adult Short Course: Multiple Booking Discount
Pre-purchase two Adult Short courses and receive 15% discount on both courses. Pre-purchase three courses or more together in advance and receive 20% discount on all three or more courses booking.

Concession and Industry Membership Discount
Holders of the following concession cards or industry memberships are entitled to an additional 5% off the cost of all NIDA Open short courses.

  • Australian Government Health Care Card
  • Arts Hub Membership
  • MEAA Membership

For terms and conditions of all discount offers, please see the terms and conditions page.

What people are saying about adult short courses

'The course was well-structured and well-paced, the instructor was engaging and knowledgeable, and the two days of ‘bootcamp’ training were incredible. I wanted to dip my toe into the acting ring and quickly discovered just how much fun it can be. I’ll be doing another NIDA course very soon indeed. Thumbs up!'
Erin, Acting Essentials

'A very professional, engaging, experienced and focused tutor. Jam packed with a variety of strategies, activities and techniques.'
Stephanie Brown, Voice Essentials

'It was such a thrill to study at NIDA, it met all my expectations and was thoroughly enjoyable.'
Kate Filipovic,Set Design Essentials

'My favourite part was having the opportunity to perform prepared monologues before a small audience and receiving personalised feedback, as well as a detailed discussion of steps toward professional representation.'
Ron Densley, Audition Essentials

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