Profiling of the National Institute of Dramatic Art


We’re reaching out outside the United States to give hopeful students a bigger picture of where they can train in the performing arts! First, we take a look at the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art in Australia. Get a feel for their curriculum, audition process, and even hear from some of their teachers below.

Founded in 1959, Australia’s most prestigious performing arts school has trained generations of internationally renowned artists, storytellers and creators. From actors and directors to designers and props, NIDA offers specialized training in all theatrical disciplines.

NIDA ignites the creativity of emerging dramatic artists with
learning in conservatory, allowing students to become sought-after practitioners and
agents of change in a global environment. NIDA’s academic and artistic staff are inspiring experts creating transformational experiences through the dramatic arts.

Training at the NIDA conservatory is characterized by intensive and embodied learning, immersing students in their specific disciplines; practical and rigorous training; regular experience through performances and productions; and professional development through industry opportunities.

NIDA degree programs

Bachelor of Fine Arts (singer actor)

Three-year program

Full time 9 am-6pm Monday to Friday

24 students per year

A totally unique offer in the world of musical theater training, NIDA’s BFA (The Singing Actor) selects talented actors who already have a high level of singing.
skill. Its emphasis is on the art of ‘telling stories through song’, a skill increasingly in demand in our contemporary theatrical landscape. During production seasons, additional students may be required for rehearsals and after-hours and weekend performances.

Education Beyond the United States: Profiling from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts

The actor singer students undertake the majority of their training alongside their peers of the actor cohort (the combined total cohort of no more than 24 students) but separated from them for weekly classes that develop their singing skills. high level. Students of actor singers are exposed to current styles of musical theater through training in movement and dance, and encouraged to innovate in new forms of musical theater creation.

“This is a course for people who are not afraid, who take risks, make bold choices and are happy to learn wrong things. We are looking for people who are passionate about this art form and who understand how important it is to have a solid skill base for their profession. ‘
– John Bashford, Director of the Interim Center, NIDA

For auditions, the institute recommends that you prepare yourself to be able to discuss your artistic choices, be yourself and choose pieces that display your range. You don’t have to sing an audition piece in its original key – choose a key that suits your voice.

Tips for applicants from outside Australia

Studying at NIDA is a big commitment, and international students should be
especially cautious when preparing to carefully manage their time and resources. NIDA
students should not rely on the possibility of working part-time during the semester due to the
full-time training requirements with extra time for course preparation, private
study, and rehearsals and performances during the production seasons.

For accommodation, the institute recommends living on the UNSW campus for the first year in order to acclimatize and make new friends. It is safe accommodation within walking distance of NIDA. This will give you a year to get to know Sydney and build a network of friends so that in your second year, if you want to move independently from
student housing, it will be a much easier process for you.

They also recommend making sure you have good health insurance. Financial assistance is available in the form of scholarships. Currently enrolled students can apply. Scholarships are awarded to students based on their financial need.

Audition / admission process

NIDA welcomes applications from international students. Auditions take place in
November and early December each year, and international applicants must attend
in person in Australia (* except students who wish to study at NIDA as part of
Study abroad / semester exchange programs, which can audition remotely). The institute requires that all international applicants: attend an audition in Australia. Information on what to prepare for your hearing is here.

You should be aware of the visa requirements and financial obligations that you must meet as an international student and accept full responsibility for all arrangements regarding entry and residence in Australia (including visas and health insurance ).

You must also have proficiency in the English language equivalent to an overall score of 7.0 IELTS (8.0 for Acting). Information about IELTS and the testing centers in your country can be found at This requirement can be waived for applicants who have completed high school in English. For more information on applying as an international student, you can send an email to [email protected]

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