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2021 Course Guide


‘We’re exposed to so many different techniques, practitioners and styles. NIDA is one of the best acting schools in Australia and the world so why try for less?’ Chika Ikogwe, BFA Acting 2018 Sydney Awards Best Newcomer 2019

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CON TENTS 4

Hello and welcome

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Learn by doing

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Productions and student showcases

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Field trips and industry placements

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Our alumni

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Our campus

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Student life

WHICH COURSE IS BEST FOR YOU? BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS

MASTER OF FINE ARTS

VOCATIONAL DIPLOMAS

These three-year practice-based courses provide intensive and immersive learning, as you collaborate to create and perform theatrical productions, films, events and exhibitions.

These 15-30 month postgraduate courses are founded on critical enquiry, experimentation and innovation. 34

Cultural Leadership

18 Acting

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Design for Performance

These one-year, full-time, intensive courses provide you with hands-on skills and knowledge for a range of arts and entertainment industry roles as a pathway into employment or towards further studies.

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38 Directing

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Design for Performance

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Properties and Objects

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Writing for Performance

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Masters – Ready to apply?

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26 Scenic Construction and Technologies

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Live Production and Technical Services

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Musical Theatre

50 Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services)

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Technical Theatre and Stage Management

51 Stage and Screen Performance

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Bachelor – Ready to apply?

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Diploma – Ready to apply?

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HELLO AND WELCOME

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NIDA acknowledges the Bidjigal and Gadigal people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we learn and tell stories. We believe in the power of the dramatic arts and the value to society of creativity, innovation and authentic communication. We are Australia’s leading institute for education and training in the performing arts and have been proud to offer exceptional training to creative artists and technicians for over 60 years. NIDA is recognised as one of the top 10 drama schools in the world by The Hollywood Reporter, whose international ranking places NIDA alongside the London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and New York’s Juilliard School. Our graduates have achieved highly successful and award-winning careers in the dramatic arts around the world. This Course Guide provides you with the information you need to choose and apply for a NIDA course. As well as our world-famous Acting degree, we offer Bachelor and Masters courses in Costume, Cultural Leadership, Design for Performance, Directing, Properties and Objects, Scenic Construction and Technologies, Technical Theatre and Stage Management, Voice and Writing for Performance. In this guide you will also learn more about NIDA’s Vocational Diplomas in Live Production and Technical Services, Musical Theatre, Stage and Screen Performance, and Specialist Make-Up Services. What makes NIDA unique? Studying at NIDA empowers you to find your individual creative voice in your chosen field. You will be immersed in collaboration, excellence and engagement with contemporary practitioners. Your learning is centred on artistic practice taught by expert staff, guest artists and professionals at the top of their game. Our state-of-the-art facilities are customised for performance arts practice. The outcome is high rates of sustained employment across the industry. We welcome applications from culturally and linguistically diverse people from across Australia and internationally.

‘At NIDA you form close collaborative networks, and you’ll be working with these same people out in the industry.’ Renee Mulder, BFA Design for Performance 2008 Resident Designer at Sydney Theatre Company in 2012–2014

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LEARN BY DOING

NIDA’s industry-specific learning is centred on intensive, hands-on learning, which immerses you in your chosen discipline. With regular performance experience in theatrical and screen productions and showcases, you will learn from master practitioners and develop industry networks. MAKING VALUABLE INDUSTRY CONNECTIONS NIDA brings you into contact with world-class professionals who are masters of their craft to produce theatrical and screen productions and showcases. You will be regularly involved in developing new performances and premiering new Australian works with industry guests and partners. Examples of recent artists working with NIDA students include:

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Finn Caldwell (UK specialist in theatrical puppetry, War Horse) Tim Chappel (Oscar-winning costume designer, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) Judy Davis (multi-award-winning actor/director, Mystery Road, The Dressmaker) Oleg Glushkov (director, Russian Institute of Theatre Arts, Moscow) Michael Gow (writer/director, Away) Kim Hardwick (stage director/theatre producer, Griffin Theatre Company) Noni Hazlehurst (actor, A Place to Call Home, Beauty Queen of Leenane, Play School) Jennifer Irwin (Costume Designer, Bangarra Dance Theatre) Dr Nithya Nagarajan (International Market Advisor – South East Asia, Australia Council for the Arts) Stephen Page (Artistic Director, Bangarra Dance Theatre) Renato Pellegrini (virtual reality expert/Sennheiser’s AMBEO global product manager) Professor Robert Schuster (director, Ernst Busch Academy for Dramatic Arts, Berlin) Jim Sharman (director, The Rocky Horror Picture Show) Alana Valentine (playwright, Barbara and the Camp Dogs) Beryl Waldron (Senior Ladies Cutter, Opera Australia) Kip Williams (Artistic Director, Sydney Theatre Company)


‘The learning environment at NIDA was like no other. The combination of classes and hands on design and production experience allowed me to enter the industry with confidence, skill and a high level of professionalism.’ Charlotte Mungomery, MFA Design for Performance 2017 Tidelands (TV series)

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October 2019 Season of Student Productions God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, directed by Judy Davis

PRODUCTIONS AND SHOWCASES Studying at NIDA means you’ll have many opportunities to be involved in fully staged productions under the guidance of leading directors, writers, choreographers and designers. These opportunities include taking part in student productions, short films, musical theatre, cabaret, studio performances, writers’ readings, exhibitions, puppet shows, costume displays, properties and objects presentations and more.

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ARTICULATE

EXHIBITION

Acting students open a window into the otherwise secret process of voice dubbing and sound effects creation for film and TV.

Giving a rare insight into what takes place behind the scenes: design, props, costumes, audio-visual work, renderings and set model boxes.

SEASONS OF STUDENT PRODUCTIONS

MAKE-UP SHOWCASE

Renowned directors come to NIDA to work with students of all disciplines on productions.

A special immersive event showcasing stage and screen make-up, presented to the public and industry guests.

MUSICAL THEATRE SHOWCASE

PERFORMANCE FILM PROJECTS

Musical Theatre students collaborate with all Diploma students to produce an energetic performance presented to producers and industry agents.

Stage and Screen Performance students collaborate with NIDA Directing and Writing students to produce examples of screen performance.

TRIPLE J UNEARTHED MUSIC VIDEOS Directing and Design students collaborate with triple J Unearthed artists to create music videos, to be aired on ABC rage.

FESTIVAL OF EMERGING ARTISTS A series of daring new works by Australia’s next generation of directors and set, costume and technical designers.

MASTERWORK PRESENTATION Students in Costume, Properties and Objects, and Scenic Construction showcase an in-depth research project based on their own areas of interest.

PUPPET SHOW An amazing performance in which Properties and Objects students become puppeteers and present their creations.

SCRIPTED SPACE

WRITERS’ READINGS

An exploration of the intersection between narratives and scale models with Writing and Properties and Objects students collaborating.

Writing students present a collection of short readings of their new work to a public audience.

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BFA Design for Performance students at the Adelaide Festival, 2020

FIELD TRIPS AND PLACEMENTS A major highlight of a NIDA course is field trips, secondments and work placements with leading arts organisations. NIDA’s extensive network, built up over 60 years with TV, film and theatre professionals, plays a vital part in securing outstanding opportunities for our students. Many of these experiences lead to employment and future projects. A few highlights include: → → → → → → → → →

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Theatre companies – Melbourne Theatre Company, National Theatre (UK), Sydney Theatre Company Design studios – Annie Aktins Studio (UK), Alexander Dodge Design (USA) Film production companies – Blackfella Films ( Total Control), Bazmark Inc (Elvis), Peter Rabbit 2 TV and digital content creators – ABC, Dancing with the Stars, Netflix, Stan, Disney Opera and ballet companies – Australian Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet (UK), English National Opera (UK), Opera Australia Staging and event companies – Geordie Productions (Canada), Stagekings Australia Costume production companies – Hawthorn Tailoring (UK), Jane Law (UK) Festivals and events – Adelaide Festival, City of Sydney NYE, Edinburgh Festival (UK), Summerworks Festival Toronto (Canada), Theatertreffen Festival Berlin (Germany), Sydney Festival Performing Arts Institutes – The Centre for Dance and Performance Studies South Africa, LASALLE College of the Arts (Singapore), The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (UK)


Rose Montgomery MFA Design for Performance, 2019 After completing her studies, Rose moved to the UK for work placements during 2019 and 2020. She has worked as Assistant Designer and Associate Designer for award-winning London production designers including Anna Fleischle and Tom Scutt in productions presented in Piccadilly Theatre, in London’s West End, the Royal Opera House, The National Theatre and The Old Vic London. In 2020 she has been Associate Costume Designer for Sadler’s Wells contemporary dance production Message In A Bottle and Associate Set and Costume Designer for the LA Philharmonic’s Weimar Cabaret at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

‘I am so excited to be immersed in the industry in the UK, and I am planning to stay working in theatre design here for as long as I can! The opportunities I have been given have been so interesting and diverse and have strengthened my design skills immeasurably.’

Zoe Rolfe BFA Costume, 2019 During her time at NIDA, Zoe completed a four-week placement in the Costume Department of the Australian Ballet, completing a variety of tasks on numerous productions, including pointe shoe painting, beading/sequinning, fabric organisation and labelling.

‘The space is beautifully organised and the team was kind and professional. In my final weeks I was fortunate enough to learn how to sew a classical tutu from start to finish. This was the highlight of my placement and the most intensive learning experience during my time with the ballet.’

Philippa Morey CUA50415 Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services, 2019 Philippa took up the opportunity for a work placement on SIX The Musical at Sydney Opera House. A modern retelling of the lives of the six wives of Henry VIII, the musical travelled to Australia after a smash hit run in the UK. Philippa spent time with the backstage crew working on her stage management skills, as a technical assistant in the rehearsal room, assisting in the bump in (setting up) of the show, and using some mechanist skills in basic building work. She has now been accepted into NIDA’s BFA (Technical Theatre and Stage Management) course to further her passion.

‘It was an absolutely amazing experience that allowed me to put all the skills I’d learnt throughout my course into practice and all the things that I was still confused about I saw happen rather than just hear about. It really clarified a lot. It was definitely an experience I’ll never forget.’ 11


ALUMNI

NIDA alumni can be found all over the world. Our graduates have won numerous Academy Awards, BAFTA, AACTA, APDG, Green Room, Sydney Theatre, Australian Film Institute, Writers Guild Awards and more. Our graduates have had national and international impact on Australia’s theatre, screen and creative industries. They are recognised, not only for their success on stage and behind the scenes, but also for their dedication to telling Australian stories from the 1960s to the present day.

Vivienne Awosoga, Emily Adinolfi, Acting Props & Objects The Other Guy Sydney Theatre Company

Rob Collins, Acting Cleverman

Fiona Crombie, Design The Favourite

Judy Davis, Acting Mystery Road

Mel George, Grace Driscoll, Cultural Musical Theatre The Secret Garden Leadership Manager, Ernabella Arts

Mia Healey, Stage & Screen Performance The Wilds

Lillian Hannah U Technical Theatre & Stage Management Bangarra Dance

Yerin Ha, Acting Halo

Remy Hii, Acting Spiderman, Far From Home

Uli Latukefu, Acting Marco Polo

Catherine Martin, Design The Great Gatsby

Deborah Riley, Design Game of Thrones

Richard Roxburgh, Acting The Crown

Shari Sebbens, Acting The Sapphires

Miranda Tapsell, Acting Top End Wedding

Hugo Weaving, Acting Lord of the Rings

Michael Wilkinson, Kip Williams, Design Directing Aladdin Sydney Theatre Company

Other acclaimed alumni include Cate Blanchett, Essie Davis, Mel Gibson, Baz Luhrmann, Jessica Marais, Yael Stone, Sam Worthington and many more. Meet our alumni at nida.edu.au/alumni. 12


‘Work hard, be respectful, be inclusive and be interested!’ Sarah Snook, BFA Acting 2008 The Dressmaker, Black Mirror, Succession

Sarah Snook in the NIDA student productions Three Sisters, 2007 13


PROPS WORKSHOPS

SCENIC CONSTRUCTION WORKSHOP

SPACE PLAYHOUSE

REG GRUNDY STUDIO

PARADE THEATRE

STUDIO THEATRE

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OUR CAMPUS


COSTUME WORKSHOPS

ATRIUM

REHEARSAL ROOMS

COSTUME RESEARCH COLLECTION NIDA has a Costume Research Collection of original garments in a temperature controlled environment, the oldest being from 1815, to those of the present day. These garments are used as a resource by our Design and Costume students to investigate construction techniques and the different qualities of fabric in period and contemporary garments.

Based in the inner suburb of Kensington, NIDA’s awardwinning campus is situated across the road from UNSW Sydney, with frequent light rail and bus routes stopping at the front door. Boasting state-of-the-art facilities, the performance and teaching spaces are alive with productions, showcases and projects all year round.

‘Coming here and being with other enthusiastic, young, creative people was super invigorating and really fun. You will definitely slot in and build community.’

→ six professional performance venues including a 700-seat proscenium arch theatre → nine fully equipped rehearsal rooms → acoustic studios for voice work and sound recordings → design and lighting studios → construction, costume and props workshops → the Rodney Seaborn Library, which includes 30,000 drama books and play scripts.

Indigo-Rose Redding, BFA Properties and Objects 2017 Props Maker at Warner Bros

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STUDENT LIFE Life as a NIDA student is exciting, intensive and fun. Students come from all backgrounds across Australia and internationally. With collaborative projects drawing on all disciplines, NIDA students form extensive networks and friendships that last throughout their careers. HEALTH AND WELLBEING NIDA actively promotes the health and wellbeing of our students through demonstrations, information sessions and workshops on a broad range of health topics from mindfulness to fitness and injury prevention. There is a dedicated counsellor on site one day a week. All students also have access to Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at UNSW Sydney Monday–Friday and phone/online emergency counselling 24/7 through Benestar.

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS Through NIDA’s relationship with UNSW Sydney, NIDA students can apply for accommodation at the various on-campus residential communities. NIDA students often share rented accommodation in the area close to campus. At the start of the year, information is made available to students regarding those offering shared accommodation and those wanting to share with others.

POLICIES To protect the welfare and safety of students, NIDA has a Student Charter and Code of Conduct in place, as well as policies on a range of student life issues – available at nida.edu.au/courses/policies. 16


TUITION FEES AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE All students, including domestic and international students, are required to pay tuition fees for any course at NIDA. Domestic students in the BFA and MFA courses can apply for FEE-HELP, an Australian Government loan scheme that assists eligible students in paying all or part of their tuition fees. To find out more and how to apply, visit the Australian Government website studyassist.gov.au. NIDA also has a means-tested student scholarship program that provides additional financial support for living expenses to eligible students. NIDA is an approved VET Student Loans provider. Domestic students in the Vocational Diploma courses can apply for VET Student Loans, an Australian Government loan scheme that assists eligible students in paying part of their tuition fees. To find out more and how to apply, visit the Australian Government website studyassist.gov.au/vetstudents. All NIDA policies and procedures including those related to refunds of fees, can be found online at nida.edu.au/courses/policies. For all other information about fees, contact us at info@nida.edu.au or call 02 9697 7600.

STUDENT COUNCIL OF NIDA (SCON) Welcome to the Student Council of NIDA (SCON), the student union protecting and promoting your rights on campus and actively assisting your wellbeing. We’re the first thing you join when you get to NIDA! Your student reps are democratically elected to represent and campaign for your interests within NIDA and in the broader community. We act as a conduit for communication with the Leadership Team to help better the student experience, and the SCON President sits on the NIDA Academic Board. SCON promotes friendship, social engagement and support among NIDA students through events that bring them together. We are also the ‘masters of fun’ hosting all the social events throughout the year including movie nights, trivia night, film fest, prom, Halloween party, mental health month activities including a pancake breakfast. Membership to SCON is for the whole year, and gives you access to heaps of sweet deals and free stuff! We look forward to seeing you at NIDA.

‘We’re here to support you, and we’re the masters of fun.’ Isaac Barron, BFA Technical Theatre and Stage Management student – President of SCON in 2020 17


BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS ACTING

‘NIDA gives you access to an array of techniques and schools of thought along with opportunities to trial those ideas out on the floor.’ Joseph Althouse, BFA Acting 2018 Lord of the Flies, Sydney Theatre Company

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Actor for stage (theatre), screen (film, TV, online) and music entertainment (music theatre, cabaret, musicals) DURATION

3 years MODE

Full-time, on campus in Sydney Monday–Friday, 9am–6pm Some evenings and weekends 18


PLAY COURSE VIDEO

Do you have the passion and courage to become an actor? If so, we want you to bring your curiosity and creativity to NIDA where our acting course will help you become your best artistic self. Whether you come to us as an Actor or Singing Actor, you will become part of an exceptional ensemble. We will encourage your creativity to flourish safely, while you learn how to collaborate with your fellow artists. We believe there is no ‘one way’ to act, we also believe that each actor is unique. As you progress through the course, we will equip you with a wide range of skills and techniques to enhance your craft for theatre, musical theatre, film, multi-media and television. You will work alongside inspirational staff and guest artists that have contemporary knowledge relevant to the demands of industry. We do all this in our extraordinary professional theatres and facilities which provide you with the best possible learning environment. By the end of your training you will be a flexible, adaptive, futurefacing artist capable of the highest level of artistic expression and ready for a confident life-long career.

OUR ACTING GRADUATES Our Acting alumni include many of the most lauded and recognised actors around the world, including two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett, two-time Academy Award winner Mel Gibson, Academy Award nominee Judy Davis, Rob Collins, Ryan Corr, Colin Friels, Remy Hii, Joel Jackson, Jessica Marais, Miranda Otto, Richard Roxburgh, Sarah Snook, Miranda Tapsell, Hugo Weaving, Sam Worthington and director Baz Luhrmann.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND FEES Visit nida.edu.au/acting

HOW TO APPLY Via audition, see p. 30

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS See p. 32

FEE-HELP Available – see p. 17 and check your eligibility at studyassist.gov.au

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BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS COSTUME ‘The placements are a key part of the course. For my placement I worked on Peter Rabbit 2 the film at Fox Studios. Using the skills I learnt at NIDA I could demonstrate that I was dependable and that I knew what I was doing.’ Sasha Wisniowski, BFA Costume 2018 Art Finisher at Opera Australia

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Costume supervisor, costume maker, costume cutter, costume assistant or standby, theatrical tailor, buyer, stylist, finisher, milliner, wardrobe manager DURATION

3 years MODE

Full-time, on campus in Sydney Monday–Friday, 9am–6pm Some evenings and weekends 20


PLAY COURSE VIDEO

With extremely high employment outcomes, this course will equip you with all you need to become a professional costume maker and manager in the theatre, film, TV and entertainment industries. Immersed in world-class facilities, you will gain a solid background in traditional and digital skills in costume making. Working in small, dedicated classes of six students, you’ll practise and develop skills in costume cutting (pattern making), fitting and construction, fabric dyeing, art finishing, corsetry, leatherwork, tailoring and millinery. From your first semester, you’ll gain confidence by playing a key role in the Seasons of Student Productions, such as costume makers and dressers, collaborating with leading guest artists and students in a professional standard production. You will learn how to draft and make patterns/costumes for any size/shape and you will learn from tutors and guest practitioners who are specialists in opera, theatre and film costume in Australia and the world to design and make historical and contemporary costumes. These networks will support your career when you graduate. Having honed your skills in the professionally equipped costume workshop, you will expand knowledge about the functions of a costume department in theatre and film. By third year you’ll take responsibility for a team as a costume supervisor on the productions. This includes budget management and collaborating with actors, stage managers and costume designers. To complete your degree, you’ll take your skills on a placement with leading theatre, opera and dance companies and major film and television studios. You will graduate with a robust skillset, valuable industry connections and confidence about your future.

OUR COSTUME GRADUATES

Our graduates are employed by Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet, Sydney Theatre Company, Cosprop (London), Bangarra Dance Theatre, Ensemble Theatre and have worked in live theatre productions such as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Frozen, and on movies such as Aquaman, Peter Rabbit, and TV shows such as Dancing with the Stars.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND FEES

Visit nida.edu.au/costume

HOW TO APPLY

Via interview and project, see p. 30

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

See p. 32

FEE-HELP

Available – see p. 17 and check your eligibility at studyassist.gov.au

CRICOS CODE

083698G

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BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS DESIGN FOR PERFORMANCE ‘We had constant support, challenges and encouragement from the design mentors which is deeply helpful and progressive for you as a designer.’ Gabrielle Rowe, BFA Design for Performance 2017 APDG AFTRS Award for Student and Emerging Designer for Screen

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Designer of set, production, costume, lighting, video and properties, art director or design educator in the arts, entertainment and creative industries, including traditional performance (film, TV, theatre, opera, dance), digital (film, screen, video, game design), immersive theatre and events DURATION

3 years MODE

Full-time, on campus in Sydney Monday–Friday, 9am–6pm Some evenings and weekends 22


PLAY COURSE VIDEO

This immersive course focuses on both stage and screen design. You will learn to create sets, costumes, properties and lighting for live and film productions. With small groups and high levels of individual tuition you will develop your design skills in professional student studios, theatres and workshops. You will learn through practice-based learning and intellectual enquiry. This course will equip you with technical skills such as rendering, virtual visualisation techniques, manual drafting, computer-aided drafting, drawing and pre-visualisation. You will extend your creative tool-kit by investigating the social, historical and cultural contexts of contemporary performance, design, architecture, fashion and art. Throughout your degree, you will take your skills from the studio all the way to a final completed work, applying learning as a key member of an extensive creative and collaborative team. You will create designs for live productions, short films, music videos, devised works, installations and industry collaborations. In your final year, you will be placed with a design professional and professional arts company. You will leave NIDA with a robust skillset, valuable industry connections and confidence about your future in stage and screen design.

OUR DESIGN GRADUATES

Our graduates win awards, including numerous Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, AACTA Awards, APDG Awards, Green Room and Sydney Theatre Awards. They have designed for Cirque du Soleil, Bangara Dance Theatre, feature films from international studios including movies such as The Amazing Spider Man, The Matrix, Romeo + Juliet, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and 2, Watchmen, 300, Garden State, The Favourite, Game of Thrones, The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge!, True History of the Kelly Gang, 21 Grams, numerous Olympic Games and more.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND FEES

Visit nida.edu.au/design

HOW TO APPLY

Via interview and project, see p. 30

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

See p. 32

FEE-HELP

Available – see p. 17 and check your eligibility at studyassist.gov.au

CRICOS CODE

083699F

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BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS PROPERTIES AND OBJECTS ‘My favourite subjects at school were anything hands-on and creative. This course seemed perfect for me because it’s really about learning how to solve a problem from any direction.’ Indigo-Rose Redding, BFA Properties and Objects 2017 Props Maker for Warner Bros

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Properties maker, scenic artist, set decorator, animator, puppet-maker, model-maker, designer-maker, special effect artist, draftsperson, 3D modeler, project manager, properties workshop manager, freelance artist DURATION

3 years MODE

Full-time, on campus in Sydney Monday–Friday, 9am–6pm Some evenings and weekends 24


PLAY COURSE VIDEO

In this course you will learn to become a versatile props and objects maker, ready to join the arts and entertainment industries including live theatre, film, exhibitions and events. Working in small cohorts and through practical projects you will develop your creative, making and problem-solving skills. You will be introduced to traditional techniques such as drawing, drafting, sculpting, metal work, wood work, leather work, mould-making and casting, pattern making, scenic art and model making, as well as contemporary skills in digital design and fabrication such as digital graphics, 3D modelling, 3D sculpting, 3D rendering, 3D Printing, laser cutting and CNC machines. As you progress, you will apply your knowledge to projects that involve sculpture, furniture making, set dressing, costume props, costume jewellery, architectural models, short films, electronics, practical effects, prosthetics and puppetry. In your final year, you will initiate, develop and construct your own masterwork project. Collaborating with other course students and industry guests, you will also supervise the production and outsourcing of properties, objects and practical effects required for Student Productions. To finalise your studies you will engage with an industry-leading performing and entertainment art company, including major theatre companies, film production companies, TV channels and public festivals. You will leave NIDA with a robust skillset, practical experiences, valuable industry connections and confidence about your professional future.

OUR PROPERTIES AND OBJECTS GRADUATES Our graduates have been employed by Cirque du Soleil, Creature Technology Company, Weta Workshops, Aardman Animation, Sydney Theatre Company, Opera Australia, Fox Studios and Dan Oliver Special Effect to mention a few.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND FEES Visit nida.edu.au/properties-and-objects

HOW TO APPLY Via interview and project, see p. 30

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS See p. 32

FEE-HELP Available – see p. 17 and check your eligibility at studyassist.gov.au

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BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS SCENIC CONSTRUCTION & TECHNOLOGIES ‘I always thought NIDA was for actors. Then I discovered this course which is all about building for events, film, theatre and entertainment. It’s about doing things that are hands on.’ Taylor Hill, BFA Scenic Construction and Technologies, 2018 Project Coordinator at Stagekings

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Staging technician, set builder, mechanist, technical manager, technical designer, art installer, special effects designer, systems integrator, automation technician DURATION

3 years MODE

Full-time, on campus in Sydney Monday–Friday, 9am–6pm Some evenings and weekends 26


PLAY COURSE VIDEO

This is the only scenic construction course of its kind in Australia, and one of only a few available worldwide. The unique practical and immersive teaching and learning methods equip you with the skills to construct performance environments in opera, theatre, film and live events. Working in small groups in the NIDA scenic construction workshop, you will learn how to create the worlds of performance alongside designers and industry professionals. You will learn stage engineering, stage rigging and automation, risk and project management. You will also develop theoretical knowledge about theatre, arts and culture. During your first year, you will study timber and metal fabrication, rigging, mechanics, drafting, computer-aided design and stage machinery. In your second year, you will design and realise your own projects for specific staging challenges, including automation such as revolving stages. During your final and third year, you will work as a construction manager or technical manager on two shows in the Seasons of Student Productions, when all NIDA students produce and present fully staged shows working with guest artists at the top of their game. To complete your degree, you’ll take your skills on a placement with some of the leading production companies either in Australia or internationally. You will leave NIDA with a robust skillset, valuable industry connections and confidence about your future in live events, theatre and film.

OUR SCENIC CONSTRUCTION AND TECHNOLOGIES GRADUATES Our graduates have been employed by Opera Australia, Sydney Theatre Company, MnR Constructions, Stagekings Australia, ASAP London, Henn Projekt Germany, Simple Motion, The Australian Ballet, MnR Constructions and more.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND FEES Visit nida.edu.au/scenic-construction

HOW TO APPLY Via interview and project, see p. 30

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS See p. 32

FEE-HELP Available – see p. 17 and check your eligibility at studyassist.gov.au

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BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS TECHNICAL THEATRE & STAGE MANAGEMENT ‘This course really gives you all the knowledge you need to walk out and be confident as an artistic collaborator in the industry. My peers at NIDA are still my sounding boards and I couldn’t imagine being in this industry without them.’ Lillian Hannah U Technical Theatre and Stage Management 2016 Stage Manager at Bangarra Dance Theatre

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Theatre-maker, production manager, technical manager, stage manager, event manager, lighting designer, sound designer, video for live performance designer, theatrical technician DURATION

3 years MODE

Full-time, on campus in Sydney Monday–Friday, 9am–6pm Some evenings and weekends 28


PLAY COURSE VIDEO

This immersive, practice-based course with a high employment outcome will help you to become a successful and adept technical theatre and stage management artist and practitioner. You will learn to manage and integrate the technical requirements for theatre, live events, musicals, opera and concerts. You will graduate equipped with the broad range of experience and knowledge required for a leadership role in the industry. You will learn the theory and practice of stage management, production management, lighting, sound, technical drawing and video for live performance, working in small groups with industry-standard equipment. You will acquire a high level of practical, hands-on experience as a stage manager, technical manager, technical designer and crew in live productions during the annual Student Productions seasons. In your final year, you will do industry placements with major theatre companies, opera companies, musicals, dance companies, arts festivals and leading arts practitioners in Australia and overseas to gain real world experience, which will lead you to a sustainable career in the arts as a highly sought-after technical theatre and stage management practitioner.

OUR TECHNICAL THEATRE AND STAGE MANAGEMENT GRADUATES Our graduates have been employed by Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Dance Company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company, The Australian Ballet, Cirque du Soleil, Abbey Theatre (Dublin), Sydney Festival, Commonwealth Games, Brolly Productions (London), WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff Asia Pacific, PRG Scenic Technology (USA) and more.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND FEES Visit nida.edu.au/technical-theatre

HOW TO APPLY Via interview and project, see p. 30

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS See p. 32

FEE-HELP Available – see p. 17 and check your eligibility at studyassist.gov.au

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READY?

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS READY TO APPLY? APPLICANTS SEEKING ADMISSION MUST: → Have reached the age of 18 before the commencement of the course (in exceptional circumstances this may be waived). → Hold a Higher School Certificate or its equivalent from any state or territory in Australia or overseas (in exceptional circumstances this may be waived); ATAR is not required. → Be fluent in spoken English and proficient in written English. International students need 8.0 IELTS or equivalent for Acting, and 7.0 IELTS or equivalent for all other BFA courses. → Complete the audition or project requirements for their chosen course (please refer to apply.nida.edu.au from 6 July 2020 for full details).

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1. CHOOSE A COURSE Visit apply.nida.edu.au for detailed and up-to-date information about the courses on offer, selection criteria for each course, and NIDA official events, talks and demonstrations.

2. SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION Applications must be submitted directly to NIDA via apply.nida.edu.au. Be ready to pay an application fee in the application process. Follow the prompts on the application page and make sure you include all supporting documentation. Applications are open 6 July–30 September 2020. Every complete and paid application will be viewed and/ or interviewed depending on the course. Late applications may be accepted if audition and interview spaces are still available.

3. PREPARE FOR YOUR AUDITION OR INTERVIEW Full audition and interview requirements are available at apply.nida.edu.au.

4. UNDERTAKE YOUR AUDITION OR INTERVIEW First-round video auditions for acting will be viewed and applicants will be notified if they have been asked for a recall or not. All interviews and recalls for non-Acting BFA courses will be held face to face or online via Zoom or Skype. Depending on COVID restrictions, recalls for Acting will be held either in most Australian capital cities or online via Zoom or Skype.

5. RECEIVE AN OFFER Offers are usually made in December each year. If you are successful and NIDA offers you a place on the course you will be advised by telephone and in writing of your study offer.

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APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS ACTING AUDITION REQUIREMENTS Audition requirements vary from year to year. Full details of the 2020 process will be available at apply.nida.edu.au from 6 July 2020. The Actor or The Singing Actor Applicants to both streams must prepare two short monologues, from a set list available on NIDA website, that meet the following requirements: → Classical: one short monologue by William Shakespeare or one of his contemporaries. This must be in verse. → Modern or contemporary: one short monologue from a modern or contemporary play (Australian or international).

AUDITION PROCESS Applicants to both streams undertake the same first round process and must upload their two audition videos to Vimeo. If successful, you will be invited to attend either an online or in person recall, where you may be asked to participate in a practical workshop to assess your vocal, physical and theatre-making skills. This will involve preparing the following: The Actor → A third audition monologue which may be contemporary or classical. Be prepared to work on a scene (supplied) with a scene partner. The Singing Actor → Two songs (from the list provided). Be prepared to explore some choreography. If you are unsuccessful in gaining a place on the Singing Actor stream, NIDA may offer you a place on the Actor stream.

COSTUME DESIGN FOR PERFORMANCE PROPERTIES AND OBJECTS SCENIC CONSTRUCTION AND TECHNOLOGIES TECHNICAL THEATRE AND STAGE MANAGEMENT PROJECT REQUIREMENTS All participants must prepare a project, which is a course specific response to a text and/or a brief demonstrating specific attributes. All applicants attend a face-to-face or online interview via Zoom or Skype, where they present their project. Applicants are encouraged to show a portfolio of their existing work during the interview. Applicants for some courses must complete a course questionnaire in advance of the interview. The questionnaire and detailed project information is available at apply.nida.edu.au from 6 July 2020.

INTERVIEW PROCESS Please present your project during the interview, do not send it in advance unless instructed to. The interview includes a brief introduction to NIDA and the course, followed by a discussion of your project, your ideas about about arts and entertainment industries including theatre, film, TV, exhibitions and events and why you want to study at NIDA. There will be an opportunity for you to ask any questions.

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‘There are so many things that I learnt from NIDA but one thing is to remain true to who I am. Acting is all about truth. My classmates and NIDA have all taught me to be proud of who I am and to own my truth - no matter what.’ Yerin Ha, BFA Acting 2018 Halo, produced by Steven Speilberg

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MASTER OF FINE ARTS CULTURAL LEADERSHIP ‘What this course provided was a degree of candour in how our mentors became leaders themselves which allowed us to be free in exploring how we wanted to develop our own style.’

First Nations Cultural Leadership Panel, held at NIDA in May 2019 From left to right: Andrea James, Djon Mundine and Wesley Enoch.

Teik Kim Pok, MFA Cultural Leadership 2018 Programs Coordinator, City of Sydney

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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Executive director, general manager, creative social innovator, theatre director, creative producer, interdisciplinary artist, community cultural programmer, company manager, cultural facilities manager, artistic director, theatre-maker, cultural researcher, arts and cultural consultant, curator, cultural policy and strategy expert, arts and cultural advisor and advocate DURATION

30 months MODE

Part-time, on campus in Sydney and online


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This course challenges you to question and debate the role of the cultural sector in our society and your own place within it. It is designed specifically for those who already have active roles in the cultural sector who aspire to facilitate resilient, new leadership models. Through part-time online learning and face-to-face intensives at NIDA in Sydney, you will be encouraged to exchange and collaborate in innovative approaches to creative and professional practice. Topics covered include governance, cultural policy, change management, communication, advocacy, cultural transformation, sustainability, and research generated through practice. Throughout the course you will develop into a futurefocused arts leader. You will be taught by experienced cultural leaders in the arts industry and supported by senior NIDA academics. A highlight of your course is a tailored placement with a prestigious international cultural organisation to enhance your networks and put your knowledge into practice.

OUR CULTURAL LEADERSHIP GRADUATES Our graduates are actively engaged in a wide range of contexts including arts festivals, performing arts companies, local government and arts funding bodies, libraries, performing arts venues, independent artists and producers, museums and galleries, creative industries and cultural service organisations.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND FEES

Visit nida.edu.au/cultural-leadership

HOW TO APPLY

Via written application and interview, see p. 44

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Undergraduate degree or at least five years of documented professional experience in the arts, cultural, creative or other relevant sector/s, including evidence of sector leadership experience, see p. 44

FEE-HELP

Available – see p. 17 and check your eligibility at studyassist.gov.au

CRICOS CODE

086128F

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MASTER OF FINE ARTS DESIGN FOR PERFORMANCE ‘This course provides a rare opportunity to make work on a professional scale. To be able to collaborate with many technicians, artisans, and other creatives is incredibly valuable.’ Sabina Myers, MFA Design for Performance 2017 Australian Production Design Guild Award 2016

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Designer of set, production, costume, lighting, video and properties, art director or design educator in the arts, entertainment and creative industries, including traditional performance (film, TV, theatre, opera, dance), digital (film, screen, video, game design), immersive theatre and events DURATION

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This immersive course focuses on both stage and screen design. This is for a designer interested in broadening their artistic, theoretical and technical understanding of scenography, mise-en-scène, and all aspects of design for performance in stage and screen. It is particularly suitable if you have experience or qualifications in performing arts, screen, architecture, visual arts, fashion, lighting, interiors, technical theatre, or backgrounds creation. You will build your practice through a high level of individual tuition, a uniquely intense mentorship program and technical support. Choose one or two specialisations in set design, production design, costume design, lighting and/or video design. You will access studio spaces, fully equipped theatres and workshops to realise your stage and screen projects. As a key member of a creative team, you will learn how to make meaningful, wellinformed design choices, and gain the creative and practical skills to develop and realise them. For your major project, you will collaborate intensely with professional and student directors, writers and performers to create a fully staged production in NIDA Theatres. Throughout your course, you will foster your own individual artistic identity, practice and goals. In your final semester, you will have the chance to do professional placements at prestigious arts organisations. Previous students have undertaken placements with the English National Opera, The National Theatre UK, Alexander Dodge Design NY, and Music Hall Belgium, or placed with international designers, including NIDA alumni around the world.

OUR DESIGN GRADUATES Our graduates win awards, including numerous Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, AACTA Awards, APDG Awards, Green Room and Sydney Theatre Awards. They have designed for Cirque du Soleil, Bangarra Dance Theatre, feature films from international studios including movies such as The Amazing Spider Man, The Matrix, Romeo + Juliet, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and 2, Watchmen, 300, Garden State, The Favourite, Game of Thrones, The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge!, True History of the Kelly Gang, 21 Grams, numerous Olympic Games and more.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND FEES

Visit nida.edu.au/design-for-performance

HOW TO APPLY

Via interview and portfolio, see p. 44

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Undergraduate degree in design or related discipline or at least five years of documented professional experience in design, preferably within a performance context, see p. 44

FEE-HELP

Available – see p. 17 and check your eligibility at studyassist.gov.au

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MASTER OF FINE ARTS DIRECTING ‘I wouldn’t be the theatre maker I am today, if it wasn’t for the incredible experiences, connections and sense of artistic empowerment that the NIDA MFA course gave me.’ Alexander Berlage, MFA Directing 2017 Director and Lighting Designer, American Psycho Winner of nine Sydney Theatre Awards

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Theatre director, opera director, film director, TV director, performance director, event director, immersive theatre director DURATION

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We have been training talented, versatile and visionary artists to master the directing process for nearly 50 years. The impact of our training comes from the rigorous studio-based learning and by nurturing each individual’s unique directorial voice. You will be challenged to create and express your artistic vision for the future of our arts and entertainment industries and connect with contemporary audiences. Your learning will be embedded in real-world collaborative projects that span classical and contemporary theatre, screen, opera, musicals, devised performance and event-based directing. Your projects are developed and mentored alongside leading Australian and international industry guests. You will be given opportunities to engage with actors, designers, production companies, performing arts centres and festivals, nationally and internationally. Examples of field trips include Adelaide Festival, Perth Festival, Theatertreffen Festival Berlin and the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA Dance College). As your final project, you will develop, cast and direct a short production or screenwork of your choice in a season at NIDA Theatres. As well as the general public, Artistic Directors and other industry professionals are invited to your graduation production. You will leave NIDA with an advanced approach to collaboration and leadership, a comprehensive process as a director and will have forged industry connections to activate your career.

OUR DIRECTING GRADUATES

Our graduates win awards, including several AACTA Awards, Sydney Theatre Awards, Helpmann Awards, Green Room Awards, Adelaide Theatre Critics Awards, New York Independent Film & TV Festival, the Prix Italia Award for Directing. Our graduates have been employed by Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir, Melbourne Theatre Company, The Australian Ballet, Opera Australia, Warner Brothers Entertainment, Bazmark (Baz Luhrmann) Films and more.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND FEES

Visit nida.edu.au/directing

HOW TO APPLY

Via interview and audition (for short-listed applicants), see p. 44

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Undergraduate degree or five years of professional experience in an area relevant to directing, see p. 44

FEE-HELP

Available – see p. 17 and check your eligibility at studyassist.gov.au

CRICOS CODE 080368E

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MASTER OF FINE ARTS VOICE

‘I loved the unique combination of experiential learning, teacher training, placements, and opportunities to cultivate international relationships.’ Robert Maxwell, MFA Voice 2018 Voice tutor, Lessac Kinesensics Practitioner

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Teaching and coaching actors and theatre professionals, working in film, TV, theatre, other performing arts and broadcast media or in the corporate world as voice coach, vocal director, presenter and voice or speech practitioner DURATION

15 months MODE

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This is a course for those who wish to follow or develop their professional career in voice teaching and vocal training. It is ideal for actors, directors, drama teachers, singers and speech therapists/pathologists. Your learning will be centered on embodied knowledge learning through ‘doing’ - and a critical reflection on that experience. In small groups, you will engage in specialised study and practice in voice, speech and text. You will be empowered to develop your own artistic vision, as well as your capacity for leadership within the cultural, performance and academic communities. The course uses methods developed by leading international specialists such as Arthur Lessac, Barbara Houseman, Cicely Berry and Frankie Armstrong, among others. Throughout your course, you will foster your own individual artistic identity, practice and goals. In your final assignment, you will experience a four-week placement at prestigious institutions. Previous students have undertaken placements with Yale University, Carnegie Mellon University, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and the University of California Long Beach. These placements will give you the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in teaching practice, forge industry connections and solidify future pathways.

OUR VOICE GRADUATES

Our graduates have been employed as Lecturer in Acting at Charles Sturt University, Head of Voice at Sydney Theatre School, and Voice Tutors on the NIDA BFA (Acting) course and LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND FEES

Visit nida.edu.au/voice

This course is not on offer in 2021, to register an expression of interest for 2022 please email applications@nida.edu.au FEE-HELP

Available – see p. 17 and check your eligibility at studyassist.gov.au

CRICOS CODE 088780F

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MASTER OF FINE ARTS WRITING FOR PERFORMANCE ‘This course really helped to open up my creativity and lay down any inhibitions I previously had.’ Becca Hurd, MFA Writing for Performance 2019 – TV/FILM credits Teresa Azen part on Chicago Med.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Playwright, screenwriter, scriptwriter, writer in performance genres such as radio, video game and digital media, immersive theatre DURATION

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PLAY COURSE VIDEO

You have already decided to call yourself a writer and see writing for performance as your primary calling. In this course, while a wide variety of craft skills are taught and practised the real focus is on critical thinking and arming you with the techniques to access and unleash your creativity, as well as developing the skills to promote and produce your own work, making it unique in Australia and internationally. You will work in fields as diverse as film, gaming, digital media, theatre, television and online series, while developing and researching your major work, a complete full-length work of creative writing. Directing actors in a rehearsed reading, you will present excerpts of your work to a public audience at NIDA. Throughout the course, you will engage directly with theatre companies, TV networks and festivals. You will immerse yourself in the craft of writing, developing your global awareness through national and international learning experiences, such as live theatre and festivals, screen media and online arts and drama programs. This often includes the Sydney Festival, the Adelaide Festival and Fringe Festival, Dark Mofo, the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA Dance College), as well as the Edinburgh Festival and the London theatre scene.

OUR WRITING GRADUATES

Our award-winning graduates have been employed as playwrights and as writers for theatre, film, TV, radio and digital media. As writing for performance is normally a freelance occupation, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to access and navigate a rapidly changing landscape of contemporary textual practices.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND FEES

Visit nida.edu.au/writing

HOW TO APPLY

Via interview and written work, see p. 44

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Undergraduate degree and a demonstrated commitment to original writing, see p. 44

FEE-HELP

Available – see p. 17 and check your eligibility at studyassist.gov.au

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READY?

MASTER OF FINE ARTS READY TO APPLY? APPLICANTS SEEKING ADMISSION MUST: → Have an undergraduate degree or at least five years of professional experience in a relevant area. → Be fluent in spoken English and proficient in written English. International students must have 8.0 IELTS or equivalent. → Complete the project requirements for their chosen course (please refer to apply.nida.edu.au for full details).

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1. CHOOSE A COURSE Visit apply.nida.edu.au for detailed and up-to-date information about the courses on offer, selection criteria for each course, and NIDA official events, talks and demonstrations.

2. SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION Applications must be submitted directly to NIDA via apply.nida.edu.au. Be ready to pay an application fee in the application process. Follow the prompts on the application page and make sure you include all supporting documentation. Applications are open 6 July–30 September 2020. Every complete and paid application will be viewed and/or interviewed depending on the course. Late applications may be accepted if interview spaces are still available.

3. PREPARE FOR YOUR INTERVIEW All applicants are offered an interview. Full interview requirements are available at apply.nida.edu.au.

4. UNDERTAKE YOUR INTERVIEW All interviews will be held in person or online via Zoom or Skype.

5. RECEIVE AN OFFER Offers are usually made in December each year. If you are successful and NIDA offers you a place on the course you will be advised by telephone and in writing of your study offer.

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APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS MASTER OF FINE ARTS

CULTURAL LEADERSHIP SELECTION PROCESS All applicants are invited to discuss their strategic vision, creative process and experience at a face-to-face or online interview via Zoom or Skype. Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree may be considered on the basis of evidence of extensive relevant professional experience of at least five years. A relevant area may be cultural, creative or other relevant sector/s, including evidence of sector leadership experience. You will be required to submit: → A detailed CV highlighting your education and training, professional work and other relevant information. → A personal statement of no more than 600 words, outlining interest in the course and your leadership aspirations. → A photocopy of your university transcript or certificate of award, or proof of five years of professional experience in a relevant area. If you are offered a place at NIDA, you will be required to provide certified copies of any documentation.

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DESIGN FOR PERFORMANCE SELECTION PROCESS All applicants are invited to discuss their ambition, creative process and experience at a face-to-face or online interview, via Zoom or Skype, during which a portfolio of visual work, and responses to selected performances will be discussed and interrogated. Applicants will be asked to prepare a digital portfolio of work created during the past three years in an educational and/or professional context. Depending on your prior education and experience, you may need to submit a specific design project. You will be required to submit: → A short CV of no more than 300 words. → A personal statement of no more than 600 words, outlining interest in the course and your creative and leadership aspirations. → A photocopy of your university transcript or certificate of award, or proof of five years of professional experience in a relevant area. If you are offered a place at NIDA, you will be required to provide certified copies of any documentation.


DIRECTING

WRITING FOR PERFORMANCE

SELECTION PROCESS

SELECTION PROCESS

All applicants are invited to discuss their ambition, creative process and experience at a face-to-face or online interview via Zoom or Skype.

All applicants are invited to discuss their ambition, creative process and experience at a face-to-face or online interview via Zoom or Skype.

You will be required to submit: → A detailed CV highlighting your education and training, professional work and other relevant information. → A 500–700 word essay/report discussing an area of directing that you are interested in, your directing practice or a particular cultural event you have witnessed. This will form part of the discussion at the interview. → Your production project – a concept proposal based around one play/musical/opera/ballet from a list (available at apply.nida.edu.au from 6 July 2020). → A photocopy of your university transcript or certificate of award, or proof of five years of professional experience in a relevant area. If you are offered a place at NIDA, you will be required to provide certified copies of any documentation.

You will be required to submit: → Your three best pieces of creative writing. These do not have to be plays or scripts but at least one should display dramatic qualities and one should contain a sample of dialogue. Each extracted or complete piece should be no more than 2,000 words. → A detailed CV highlighting your education and training, professional work and other relevant information that demonstrates commitment to original writing. → A photocopy of your university transcript or certificate of award, or proof of five years of professional experience in a relevant area. If you are offered a place at NIDA, you will be required to provide certified copies of any documentation.

If you are successful in the first round of interviews, you may be invited to a second round interview. This will be held on a separate day.

As part of the selection process, you may be asked to rewrite and resubmit part of your work on the basis of comments provided by the Course Leader, Writing for Performance. NIDA may keep all or part of your work until the final selection of applicants is made. Ensure you keep a copy of all written work, as it will not be returned.

VOICE To register an expression of interest for 2022 please email applications@nida.edu.au.

For the full audition and interview requirements, please refer to apply.nida.edu.au from 6 July 2020. Application requirements are subject to change. The latest information can be found via apply.nida.edu.au.

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CUA50415 DIPLOMA OF LIVE PRODUCTION AND TECHNICAL SERVICES This course is an intensive year of practical study that equips you with the skills and knowledge to set up and take down equipment, sets and other staging elements related to live events and productions. You will also learn how to set up and operate lighting, audio and vision systems. Your tutors will be current practising professionals from the entertainment arts industry. The course is supported by Opera Australia and Foundation Theatres and includes site visits to a range of Sydney venues including Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney Opera House and Sydney Lyric Theatre. Classes are practical, providing you with a hands-on approach to learning. Throughout the course, you will apply your skills to live performance and film projects, collaborating with students from other creative disciplines across NIDA. The course includes placement on Student Productions which are at the heart of NIDA’s calendar year. As a key part of the course, you will also undertake an industry placement, enabling you to develop networks and pursue an area of specialisation.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Backstage crew member, sound operator, lighting operator, vision systems operator

PLAY COURSE VIDEO

DURATION

1 year

MODE

Full-time, on campus

HOW TO APPLY

Via interview, see p. 53

COURSE STRUCTURE AND FEES

Visit nida.edu.au/live-production

VET STUDENT LOANS

Available – see p. 17 and check your eligibility at studyassist.gov.au/vet-student

RTO CODE

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‘We were challenged in a range of theatre roles in this intensive course. I was a Stage Manager for term 1, a Sound Tech for term 2 and a Vision tech in term 3!’ River Heart Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services 2019


CUA50213 DIPLOMA OF MUSICAL THEATRE

This course is an intensive year of practical study that trains you to become a ‘triple threat’: singer, dancer and actor. Providing the rigour and skill required to get a foothold in musical theatre, the course is industry driven. You will learn from practising professionals and leading tutors from the entertainment arts industry. You will be trained to respond creatively to scripts and songs, collaborate effectively with other performers and make informed decisions about character interpretation. Training is practical, with an even distribution of classes in each of the disciplines of singing, dancing and acting. You will train in ensemble and solo singing in a range of musical theatre repertoire, acting technique for both spoken and sung dialogue, and in ensemble and individual dance in a variety of styles. At the end of the course, you will present a live showcase of your work in one of the NIDA Theatres attended by entertainment industry practitioners, producers and agents.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Musical theatre performer, singer, dancer, actor, cabaret performer

PLAY COURSE VIDEO

DURATION

1 year

MODE

Full-time, on campus

HOW TO APPLY

Via interview, see p. 53

COURSE STRUCTURE AND FEES

Visit nida.edu.au/musical-theatre

VET STUDENT LOANS

Available – see p. 17 and check your eligibility at studyassist.gov.au/vet-student

RTO CODE

90349

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CUA51015 DIPLOMA OF SCREEN AND MEDIA (SPECIALIST MAKE-UP SERVICES) This practical and intensive year of study provides you with the skills and knowledge to design and apply make-up, style hair, create wigs and design and make special effects and prosthetics. The tutors are all current practising professionals from the entertainment arts industry. The course is supported by Pinchgut Opera and includes site visits to Opera Australia and City Recital Hall. You will have opportunities to apply your skills on live performance or film projects. The course includes placement on the Seasons of Student Productions which are at the heart of NIDA’s calendar year. This gives you the opportunity to work with NIDA tutors and industry guests, and to collaborate with other NIDA students. At the end of the course, you will present a live and filmed showcase of your work in one of the NIDA Theatres attended by entertainment industry practitioners, producers and agents.

PLAY COURSE VIDEO CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Make-up artist, hair stylist, wig maker, special effects and prosthetics make-up artist DURATION 1 year MODE Full-time, on campus HOW TO APPLY Via interview, see p. 53 COURSE STRUCTURE AND FEES Visit nida.edu.au/make-up VET STUDENT LOANS Available – see p. 17 and check your eligibility at studyassist.gov.au/vet-student RTO CODE 90349

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‘The teachers are some of the best in the industry. I learnt so much from their skills, passion and years of knowledge.’ Briohny Walker Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) 2019


10196NAT DIPLOMA OF STAGE AND SCREEN PERFORMANCE This year-long intensive and practical course puts you centre stage and in front of the camera, giving you the tools to develop and perform your own stories for stage and screen. During the course you will learn how to collaborate with others to develop and create original works for various media. Training is practical, with classes in acting techniques for both live and screen work, performance styles and production practices. You will learn about the multiplicity of roles, technologies and methodologies that exist within the theatre, film, TV and the digital industries. You will be taught by NIDA staff and leading tutors from the entertainment arts industry. At the end of the course, you will present a live and filmed showcase of your work in one of the NIDA Theatres attended by entertainment industry practitioners, producers and agents.

PLAY SHOWCASE VIDEO CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Performer and creator for stage and screen DURATION 1 year MODE Full-time, on campus HOW TO APPLY Via interview, see p. 53 COURSE STRUCTURE AND FEES Visit nida.edu.au/stage-and-screen VET STUDENT LOANS Available – see p. 17 and check your eligibility at studyassist.gov.au/vet-student RTO CODE 90349

‘I went into this course as a cocky kid with an idea of what acting is. I came out understanding what it means to be an artist.’ Naveen Ananta Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance 2019 51


READY?

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING READY TO APPLY? APPLICANTS SEEKING ADMISSION MUST: → Have reached the age of 18 by the course commencement. → Demonstrate a high level of suitability, potential and motivation at the interview or audition. → Complete the interview/audition requirements for the course. → Have met the eligibility requirements as listed on the course page of the website.

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Demonstrate skills in their area of interest. Exhibit a capacity to collaborate. Communicate effectively. Respond to feedback.


1. CHOOSE A COURSE Visit the Vocational Studies section of apply.nida.edu.au for detailed and up-to-date information about the courses on offer, selection criteria, fees and fee schedules for each course.

2. BOOK YOUR AUDITION/INTERVIEW Applications are open 6 July–30 September 2020. Applications will remain open if audition and interview spaces are still available. Apply and pay your application fee for your audition and/or interview via apply.nida.edu.au.

3. PREPARE FOR YOUR AUDITION/INTERVIEW Full audition and interview requirements are available from 6 July 2020 at apply.nida.edu.au. Auditions and interviews will be held in person or online via Zoom or Skype.

4. UNDERTAKE YOUR AUDITION/INTERVIEW All details will be confirmed via email once you have booked your audition and/or interview.

5. RECEIVE AN OFFER If you are successful and NIDA offers you a place on the course you will be advised by telephone and in writing of your study offer.

OUR DIPLOMA GRADUATES Graduates from NIDA diploma courses have been working at a variety of venues and for a range of entertainment organisations including John Frost (Shrek the Musical), Opera Australia (West Side Story, Faust, The Secret Garden), Foundation Theatres (Capitol Theatre and Sydney Lyric) – GWB Entertainment (School of Rock, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), ABC TV (ABC ME), Seven Network (The Secret Daughter), Glasshouse Productions (Love You Like That), Pinchgut Opera (The Return of Ulysses, Farnace), Amazon Studios (The Wilds), Royal Caribbean Cruises, Hayes Theatre Company (Bridges of Madison County), Sydney Opera House, and City Recital Hall.

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APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING CUA50415 DIPLOMA OF LIVE PRODUCTION AND TECHNICAL SERVICES INTERVIEW REQUIREMENTS Applicants may be asked to participate in an interview online or in person. Details are published on the NIDA website. When you book an interview: → Provide us with an outline of your previous experience and training. Ahead of the interview: → Obtain a short testimonial from a teacher, colleague or employer outlining why you would be a good candidate for the course. → Entry to this course requires you to have completed the CUAWHS302 Apply Work Health and Safety Practices unit of competency or be able to demonstrate equivalence (you will have the opportunity to demonstrate equivalence on the day of the interview).

INTERVIEW PROCESS At the interview, you will: → Detail your experience and training in at least one technical area: staging, lighting, sound or vision. → Provide us with the testimonial from a teacher, colleague or employer outlining why you would be a good candidate for the course. → Undertake a written short-answer questionnaire. → Participate in one or more group problem-solving tasks. → Have the opportunity to demonstrate equivalent knowledge of the CUAWHS302 Apply Work Health and Safety Practices unit of competency. 54

CUA50213 DIPLOMA OF MUSICAL THEATRE AUDITION/INTERVIEW REQUIREMENTS Applicants will need to submit audition material via video, and may be asked to participate in an audition and interview online or in person. Details are published on the NIDA website. Applicants must demonstrate competence in vocal, dance and/or acting skills at Certificate IV level. When you book an interview: → Provide us with an outline of your previous experience and training. You will need to prepare: → TWO contrasting songs from musical theatre. → ONE short monologue from a contemporary or classical play.

AUDITION/INTERVIEW PROCESS At the audition you will: → Present one of your prepared songs. → Discuss your previous training and performance experience. → Potentially be invited to perform your second song and/ or your monologue. You may be asked to attend a recall audition. This may occur on another day and may involve additional preparation. The recall usually involves demonstrating your dance ability and response to choreography.


CUA51015 DIPLOMA OF SCREEN AND MEDIA (SPECIALIST MAKE-UP SERVICES)

10196NAT DIPLOMA OF STAGE AND SCREEN PERFORMANCE

INTERVIEW REQUIREMENTS

Applicants will need to submit audition material via video, and may be asked to participate in an audition and interview online or in person. Details are published on the NIDA website.

Applicants will need to submit examples of their creative work and attend an interview either online or in person. Details are published on the NIDA website. When you book an interview: → Provide us with an outline of any previous experience. Ahead of the interview: → Obtain a short testimonial from a teacher, colleague or employer outlining why you would be a good candidate for the course.

INTERVIEW PROCESS At the interview, you will: → Discuss any previous experience or training. → Undertake a written short-answer questionnaire. → Undertake a make-up task.

AUDITION/INTERVIEW REQUIREMENTS

When you book an interview: → Provide us with an outline of your previous experience. You will need to prepare: → ONE short monologue from a contemporary play of approximately two minutes in length. You may choose an Australian or an international play.

AUDITION/INTERVIEW PROCESS At the audition, you will: → Present your prepared monologue. → Participate in collaborative tasks, including group improvisation. → Discuss your previous training and performance experience.

RTO Code: 90349 Vocational Education and Training at NIDA is only open to domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New-Zealand residents). For the full audition and interview requirements, please refer to apply.nida.edu.au from 6 July 2020. Application requirements are subject to change. The latest information can be found via apply.nida.edu.au. 55


The information contained in the brochure was accurate at the time of publication: June 2020. NIDA reserves the right at any time to make changes as it deems appropriate. For the most up to date information visit apply.nida.edu.au.

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