Designers Residency

For adults 18+ years

Commencing Monday 7 January, 2019

Develop the skills to design boldly and imaginatively for live and recorded performance.
Investigate the principles of set and costume design, and understand how to realise the visual world of a performance in a theatrical setting. Develop an original concept using sketches, drawings, collages and model boxes and discover ways to shape your imaginative responses to create effective design choices for screen.
NIDA’s Residencies are designed for people with a commitment and curiosity to undergo intensive artistic development over an extended period of time. Applications are accepted internationally as well as nationally, to create a vibrant cultural hub.

Course components

Week one: Monday 7 January – Friday 11 January, 10:30am – 5:30pm

Research and analyse a script for the purpose of concept development. Apply the principles of effective costume and set design for live performance. Learn how to define your role as a designer to build the visual narrative that aligns with the director’s brief.

Week two: Monday 15 January – Friday 19 January, 10:30am – 5:30pm

Develop your concept for a set text and undertake technical exercises related to costume-making or model-building to realise elements of your design.

Week three: Sunday 21 January – Thursday 25 January, 10:30am – 5:30pm

Develop an appreciation of screen language and explore visual storytelling. Adapt your design concept into a presentation for a screen context.


  • Interpret a brief for live performance
  • Collaborate on creative concepts
  • Create visual worlds through set and costume design
  • Effectively communicate design concepts for stage and screen
  • Use a model box to explore design ideas
  • Render costume designs
  • Differentiate the application of skills and techniques to different performance contexts


  • Sydney


An application fee of 10% of the total course cost is due on application. If you are not accepted into the course, this application fee will be fully refunded. If you are accepted the remaining 90% of the course fee will need to be made to secure your place in the course. Please note the fee covers the course fee only, accommodation and other costs are not included.

Application fee: $181.50
Early bird fee: $1633.50 (includes $181.50 application fee)
Full fee: $1,815 (includes $181.50 application fee)

Early bird expires 12 December 2018. The full course fee payment must be made before 12 Dec for the early bird to apply. Applications must be received before 30 November to be reviewed in time for you to secure the early bird rate.

Important information

  • Please read our cancellation and transfer policy.
  • Flights and Accommodation: From time to time we may need to cancel an advertised course. Before booking flights and accommodation for travel to attend a NIDA Open course, please contact the NIDA Open office to confirm if your course will proceed as planned. NIDA does not accept liability for any associated costs of attendance or cancellation.
  • Please wear unrestrictive and comfortable clothing for all performance related course.
  • Please wear closed in shoes. Shoes may be removed in the rehearsal room on the direction of the class tutor.
  • It is compulsory to wear closed-toe footwear in our Design and Technical courses, and any classes which take place in the Reg Grundy Studio.
  • Please bring along a pen, notebook and bottle of water to all classes.

Application Information-

Entry to NIDA Residencies is by selection. Once you have paid the application fee a form will be emailed to you within 5 working days. The deadline for completed Summer Residencies applications is the 17 December 2018. If you are successful you will receive a link to pay the remainder of the course fee. Group size will be restricted to ensure individual attention.

This course has no current classes. Please join the waiting list

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