NIDA Skills Development Program - Northern Territory

Skills Development Program - Northern Territory

NIDA is excited to be delivering a series of skills development courses for Territorians throughout 2023 and 2024, in partnership with Screen Territory and Arts NT. The program will present a series of face-to-face NIDA training courses in specific areas designed to fill skills shortages and build the talent pool of Territory creatives.  All courses are practical and skills-focussed, delivered by expert NIDA Teaching Artists.

Enrolments are available to residents of the Northern Territory. Further details regarding each course can be viewed via the links below.

Course Date Time Enrolment
Directing Actors for Screen 02 - 06 October 2023 10am - 5pm More info and enrol here
Documentary Filmmaking 30 October - 03 November 2023 10am - 5pm More info and enrol here
Props Making: Digital Design and Fabrication 13 - 17 November 2023 10am - 5pm More info and enrol here
Self Tapes and Screen Tests 27 November - 01 December 2023 10am - 5pm More info and enrol here
Acting Technique for Screen 26 February - 01 March 2024 10am - 5pm More info and enrol here
Producing for Screen 04 - 08 March 2024 10am - 5pm More info and enrol here
Make-up and Hair for Screen 08 - 12 April 2024 10am - 5pm More info and enrol here
Costume Design and Realisation for Screen 29 April - 03 May 2024 10am - 5pm More info and enrol here

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the entry criteria?

Course enrolment is open to people over 18 years old.

How many spaces are available in the workshops?

Class numbers are capped at 16 people to ensure focused delivery and quality of experience. We anticipate a high level of interest and encourage you to enrol as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Who are teaching the courses?

Courses are taught in-person by teaching artists from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA); all of whom are highly experienced professionals. All teaching artists are working professionals within the screen and theatre sectors and teach either on NIDA’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Programs or Open Program.

How much are the courses worth and what is the cost to me?

Screen Territory and ArtsNT are subsidising enrolments for interested Northern Territorians to assist with upskilling of NT creatives and pathways to employment.

Enrolments in a five-day NIDA course cost: $625 per person.
Subsidised registration cost (5-days) is $85 per person.

Please note that these registrations fees are non-refundable and non-attendance at any of the courses will be taken into consideration for any further registrations.

Is there a limit to the amount of courses I can enrol in?

Yes, to help ensure everyone has a fair opportunity to access the Skills Development Program enrolments into courses will be capped at 3 courses per person. 

Where will the workshops be held?

All workshops will be held either within Darwin city or greater Darwin region.

What is the length of course delivery on any given day?

Session times are 10am-5pm daily.  There will be a 45 minute lunch break each day.  

Is lunch provided as part of my course?

Courses are not catered. Please bring your own refreshments. 

If I live in a remote location, is there any additional assistance?

A limited number of grants will be available for attendees who need to travel to Darwin to attend the course(s).

  • Screen Territory is offering a limited number of Travel Support – Skills Development grants, up to $2,000. Please contact Screen Territory on or 08 8999 6302 for further information and to discuss your eligibility. Please note Travel Support will be offered from August 2023. 
  • ArtsNT offers Quick Response Grants for up to $1,000 and Professional Development grants up to $2000 which cover workshop fees and travel cost to access arts activities and cultural opportunities at short notice. Please visit for further information.

What should I wear or bring?

Wear loose, comfortable clothing for any performance related course. Clothes that restrict movement are inappropriate - no high heels, short skirts or jeans please. 

All students must wear closed in shoes that may be removed in the rehearsal room on the direction of the class tutor. 

All students should bring along a water bottle, notepad, something to write with and/or a device or tablet.