NIDA Screen Study Grades 11-12, NIDA Kensington

Screen Study Grades 11-12, NIDA Kensington

Screen Study provides a supportive and creatively challenging environment for young artists serious about their artistic development. Each course runs across a semester (two terms) and students work towards group acting on screen outcomes supported by NIDA’s creative leaders. Course work includes an introduction to a variety of acting on screen disciplines and technical skills to help students develop their passion for performing arts in a holistic approach to acting and screen training. Screen Study is the perfect vehicle to apply your screen skills and extend your creative training!

Students engage in a personalised assessment and feedback process with their tutor at the end of every semester, providing them with the information and support they need to decide the next step in their creative education.

Semester 1, 2023: Acting for Screen: Convincing Characters

Great on-screen characters stay with us long after the credits roll. They invite us into their lives and connect us with their worlds. Develop techniques to create your own memorable characters on screen and extend your acting technique through practical application of text analysis and character development training. Gain experience on screen to hone your skills and deliver truthful performances. Receive feedback from a NIDA expert and showcase your scene work to an invited audience.

Course components

  • Text interpretation: Interpret film and television scripts and develop an authentic character for the screen.                                                                                         Acting technique: Learn and apply extended screen acting techniques.
  • Character Development: Develop and record a character from a scripted scene. 
  • Contemporary Practice: Explore and apply contemporary screen practices from Australia and around the world.

Semester 2, 2023: Industry Practice: Shooting a Short

Learn how to turn your ideas for a short film into reality. Under the guidance of industry experts develop skills to create a concept, script, storyboard and shoot as you are challenged to create an original work. Collaborate with NIDA peers and learn how camera techniques, acting, mise en scene, lighting, sound and editing combine to creatively tell a story. Invite friends and family to the premier of your work in a screening at the end of the year.

Course components

  • Film Making – Work with a writer and director to develop and record a short film.
    Collaboration – Engage in a creative process to develop a screen presentation, assume variety of roles in a production capacity.                                                       Acting Technique – Explore characterisation and build technical skills through improvisation and the application of NIDA acting technique to an on-screen performance.
  • Production Planning - Introduction to the challenges of shooting ‘on-location’.  Learn about consistency of performance, location scouting and working within the limitations of the environment.


  • This is a 16 week course and students must be available to attend every session. End of course feedback and project participation is dependent on reliable attendance. Students can apply for attendance exemption in exceptional circumstances, applications must be made in advance to the supervising course manager.
  • Students enrolled in this course must have participated in at least three Acting on Screen NIDA term or holiday courses prior to attending this course OR be able to provide evidence of appropriate training at a comparable institution.

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 comfortable clothing you can move in for all drama and performance related courses. Clothing that restricts movement is inappropriate.
  • Please wear closed-in shoes. Shoes may be removed in the rehearsal room on the direction of the class tutor.
  • Please bring along a pen, notebook and bottle of water to all classes.
  • If you are running late to collect your child, please call NIDA reception on 02 9697 7600. NIDA will only provide supervision during advertised course times.
  • NIDA staff will supervise students in courses for Grades 3 to 10 during breaks. These students will not be permitted to leave the advertised venue without parental permission.
  • Students in courses for Grades 11 and 12 will not be supervised during breaks and are free to leave the venue at designated break times should they wish.

Enrol for the full year in advance to receive a 15% discount off the full price!

  • Discount is only applicable when booking all four terms within the same calendar year.
  • Discount is not available online. Please book over the phone by calling the office on 1300 450 417 to receive the discount.
  • If students do not attend all four terms, the discount is no longer valid.
$925 Limited inc GST
Screen Study Grades 11-12, NIDA Kensington

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