NIDA Adult short courses

Adult short courses

NIDA offers a range of short courses and experiences for adults across the spectrum of dramatic arts disciplines including acting, presenting, musical theatre, design, technical theatre and stage management, writing and directing.

Whether you’re ready to take the first step to explore your creativity or seeking 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.

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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.

Extended Learning

  • Studios are delivered on weekends over six or 12 months in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne across multiple disciplines. Entry by audition or interview. See the Studios page for more information about this program.


  • Residencies are held in January and July each year and are designed for people with the commitment and curiosity to undergo intensive artistic development over an extended period. Entry is via an application and selection process. The program is open to national and international applicants.


Online courses

To help you continue to nurture your imagination in these challenging times and position yourself to thrive once ‘on the other side’, we’ve adapted some of our most popular short courses for online delivery.

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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.