Residency Courses

Develop and extend your performance skills as you collaborate with NIDA industry tutors within a challenging and rigorous environment. Our Residencies are specially designed for those with previous experience who wish to commit to accelerated artistic development over an intensive period.

NIDA’s Residencies 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.

Residencies are held in January and June. Information about Winter Residency courses will be available soon.

Residency courses

Adult Residencies

Grades 11-12 Residencies

How to apply

Select the course you are interested in and submit your online application and pay the application fee. If you are not accepted on to the course, the application fee will be fully refunded.

Why study at NIDA?

See what our students have to say about NIDA’s Residency courses. Watch the video now.

What people are saying

What I would say about my NIDA experience was absolutely fulfilling.. it really taught me how to hone my craft and make me audition ready. All four teachers were awesome and shared different approaches for me to use, making me so much more of a secure actor. Also was so lucky with a great ensemble and my course manager was EXCELLENT!
Adam Kelly, NIDA Actors Residency 2015

I wanted something that was a solid period of time, I really was looking for an intensive… a bubble to immerse myself in, and it was the perfect option! Long enough that it meant everyone really wanted to be there and made for a really focused environment that I needed not just for a fresh perspective on my acting, but for a fresh burst of inspiration for the year to come.
Gem Knight, NIDA Actors Residency 2015.


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

Tutors for the Summer Residencies include:

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.

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.


You will be asked to pay a non-refundable application fee of 15% 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 10:30am-5:30pm 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.


Summer brochure (PDF 3MB)

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