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National Institute of Dramatic Art

School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1958
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
      Art institutes
    • Specialization:
    • Theatre/Drama School 1
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • 215 Anzac Parade, Kensington, New South Wales, Australia, 2033
    • Phone:
    • +61296977600
    • Setting:
    • Suburban, town

The History of National Institute of Dramatic Art 

The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) is an Australian national education and training institute for students in the performing arts. Since 1958, NIDA has educated students in performance and production for theatre, film, and television. It offers programs ranging from degrees to public short courses, including holiday programs and corporate training. NIDA's main campus is based in the Sydney suburb of Kensington, located adjacent to the University of New South Wales, and is made up of a range of rehearsal and performance venues. NIDA is affiliated with the University of New South Wales. NIDA receives funding from the Australian Government through the Minister for the Arts, Attorney-General's Department and is a member of the "Australian Roundtable for Arts Training Excellence (Arts8):"an initiative between the national performing arts training organisations and the Australian Government providing training for emerging artists.

Academic Highlights  

BFA (Acting)

BFA (Costume)

BFA (Design for Performance)

BFA (Properties and Objects)

BFA (Scenic Construction and Technologies)

BFA (Technical Theatre and Stage Management)                                                                                                           

Life in  National Institute of Dramatic Art 

National Institute of Dramatic Art believes that the principles of performance can help build successful careers and our Corporate training programs produce confident and polished presenters. Tutors draw directly from their expertise in training some of Australia’s best performers, providing individuals and corporate teams with the skills and confidence to be effective workplace communicators and successful public speakers.

School Ranking

Top 5 Undergraduate Schools for an Acting Degree in 2019.


The institute offers a diploma in dramatic arts. For admission to the institute, the candidates are supposed to qualify an aptitude test conducted by the institute. Then, the shortlisted students will have to attend a workshop of five days organised by the institute within the premises.

Notable Alumni

  • Ralph Myers, Former Artistic Director Belvoir St Theatre
  • Jacob Nash, Head of Design for [[Bangarra Dance Theatre
  • Deborah Riley, Emmy Award-winning production designer of Game of Thrones
  • Gypsy Taylor
  • Gabriela Tylesova
  • Michael Wilkinson, 2014 Academy Award Nominee for American Hustle

 Acceptance Rate

The only major offered is Drama and Theater Production. National Cons. of Dramatic Arts graduates 67% of its students.

Other Campuses
    • Suite 4, 152 Sturt Street, Southbank, Brisbane, Victoria, Australia



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