This year the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) celebrates 60 years of supporting Australian performing artists.


12 February 2019

From staging and puppetry to directing, lighting, construction and costume, NIDA has so much to offer for anyone looking for a career in the performing arts. 

Founded in 1958 as Australia’s first professional theatre training school, NIDA sought to champion an Australian style of acting, breaking away from the traditional English style of understatement. 

But while there is a misconception that NIDA is just an acting school, since 1961 NIDA has offered courses in both acting and production. NIDA has also developed to include more technical and directing streams to reflect industry demands and remain internationally competitive. 

In 1960, just 23 students had graduated with a Diploma in Acting. Today, NIDA has 200 full time students and more than 12,000 students participating in their open courses. 

Australia’s performing arts professionals are some of the best in the world with many receiving acclaim on stage, screen and at major cultural events. Some notable NIDA alumni include Cate Blanchett, Sarah Snook, Michael Wilkinson and Catherine Martin. 

Watch the video to see the range of courses NIDA offers and how they help to develop our next generation of performing arts professionals: 


NIDA is one of 8 national elite performing arts training organisations funded by the Australian Government to support Australia's creative sector.

NIDA offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting, Costume, Design for Performance, Properties and Objects, Scenic Construction and Technologies, Technical Theatre and Stage Management. They offer a Master of Fine Arts in Cultural Leadership, Design for Performance, Directing, Writing for Performance and Voice. NIDA also offers Vocational Diplomas in Live Production and Technical Services, Musical Theatre, Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services), and Stage and Screen Performance. 

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