• NIDA Open short courses


NIDA Open delivers industry-leading programs across Australia in the form of short courses, studios, residencies and ensembles for adults, young people and children. 

We provide our students with practical, dynamic skills development in a supportive, inspirational and fun learning environment.

A typical pathway would be to start a short course, followed by an Ensemble or Residency and then a Studio with the prospects of furthering your education with NIDA Diploma, Bachelor and Master courses. 

What is a NIDA Studio? 

NIDA Studios develop your individual strengths, skills and technique in the performing arts. Outcomes are delivered through practical training exercises and collaborative projects and are ideal for people with existing work and study priorities, as classes take place on weekends for 6 or 12 months. 

Studios are designed to develop techniques in dramatic arts. At the end of a NIDA Studio, you can expect improved skills, professional contacts and the motivation to continue to pursue your passion.

Studio courses are selective and entry is gained via audition or interview.

A Studio is a great way to up-skill and may assist in applying for the selective higher education training at NIDA. 

What is a NIDA Residency? 

 Residencies are designed for busy individuals who don’t have time to do weekend courses for 6 or 12 months. These courses run intensively for 2, 3 and 4 weeks at a time (Monday to Friday, 9-5pm).

Courses are located at NIDA Kensington and occur twice a year (Jun/Jul and Jan).

In a residency, students work with professional tutors who provide industry-led best practice training.

Entry into a NIDA Residency is by selection.

A residency is a great way to up-skill and may assist in applying for the selective higher education training at NIDA. 

What is a NIDA Ensemble? 

NIDA Ensembles are advanced short courses for those with dedication and creative potential. Classes take place on one or two evenings per week over a half-year and are ideal for people who work or study and want regular comprehensive skills development. Entry to these courses is by audition.

Contemporary training practices 

The 2015 series of studios, residencies and ensembles have been designed to reflect current practices and trends in the arts and entertainment industries, drawing on the expertise of industry professionals from across Australia and around the world. 

Industry and careers 

Take advantage of NIDA's strong links with the arts and entertainment industries. Learning from practitioners, you build professional contacts and develop your understanding of industry practice. 

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