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

Locations

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.

Discounts

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

'This NIDA Open course was honestly one of the best things I have done in my life. It has changed my outlook on my life and given me the confidence to follow my passions.'
Student, Musical Theatre Techniques, Melbourne

'The tutor was awesome. Experienced, empathetic and productive. He took us on a layered journey that built confidence and freedom in us as every minute passed.'
Student, Acting Essentials, Kensington

'I thoroughly enjoyed the 5 day course and am so thankful that there is an intensive acting course available in Perth. The length of each day was great as there is so much to learn and allowed us work, study, discuss and do technique/vocal exercises as well as character development.'
Student, NIDA Acting Techniques, Perth

'Tom is a great facilitator and his enthusiasm for acting and encouraging his students to bring out their best (even if they didn’t know it was there before) is commendable. I learnt and discovered a lot in the five days of the course and made new friends and contacts in the process.'
Student, NIDA Acting Techniques 2, Brisbane

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