Residency Courses

Develop and extend your performance skills as you collaborate with NIDA industry tutors within a challenging and rigorous environment.

NIDA’s Residencies are held in January and July each year and are designed for people with commitment and curiosity to undergo intensive artistic development over an extended period of time. Applications are accepted internationally as well as nationally, creating a vibrant cultural hub.

Adult Residencies

Youth Residencies (15-18 years)

Entry requirements

Entry into a NIDA Residency is by selection. Participants need to have a demonstrated proficiency in the English language. A basic fitness level is required as some components of the courses will be physical.

Select the course you are interested in above and complete an online application form detailing your relevant performance or production experience and/or training and what you hope to gain by attending this course. We will select participants based on this information. Group size will be restricted to maximise individual attention.

Why study at NIDA?

See what our students have to say about NIDA’s Residency courses.

What people are saying

'My time at NIDA Musical Theatre Residency course allowed me to completely explore what it takes to be a player on the creative performing artist field. I learned new approaches to acting, my potential and range in my singing voice, and how to be a ballerina just for a moment in time. Among all I am grateful that my time was spent along side eleven other budding creative souls and three fabulous teachers who made my time important. I absolutely recommend this course for anyone with a dream to further develop themself as a musical theatre actor and as a person.'
Reba Ibe, Musical Theatre Residency, 2017.

'I had the most amazing time in this course. I was so lucky to be in a very supportive group with supportive teachers. Would love to do more courses with NIDA. And thank you for the drink voucher on a Friday!'
Annette, Advanced Actors Residency, 2017.


NIDA Residencies are taught by leading practitioners, benefiting from current industry knowledge and experience.

Former Residency tutors have included:

  • Anna Houston (Actors Residency)
  • Chloe Boreham (Actors Residency)
  • Shane Anthony (Advanced Actors Residency and Actors Residency)
  • Ben Mathews (Advanced Actors Residency)
  • Jeneffa Soldatic (Advanced Actors Residency)


You will be asked to pay a non-refundable application fee of 10% of the total course cost. If you are not accepted into the course, this application fee will be fully refunded.

Hours of work

The standard hours of work will be 10am–5pm Monday to Friday. Attendance at all classes is compulsory. You will be expected to spend additional hours outside of these course times for research and scene preparation.

A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the course.

Course recognition

For university or college students who are seeking credit at their current institution you will need to apply to that institution directly to recognise the NIDA Residency courses as credit.

Information for international participants

You will need to apply for an appropriate visa for your visit to Australia, such as a Visitor or Working Holiday Maker Visa. As a short non-award course, NIDA Residencies do not require a student visa. For information on applying for a visa to visit Australia go to the website of the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

For general information on studying in Australia, you can also visit Study in Australia.

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