SEMESTER TWO ACT7303B ACTING PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE 15 credit points This subject aims to be the stepping-stone into the professional industry and assists in building business skills websites, self-testing, and marketing and industry relationships with directors, agents and casting directors. The year culminates in a showcase performance for industry representatives.
Joining Emma on stage for this spectacle is WAAPA's Head of Jazz, the talented and extremely cool, Jamie Oehlers. An application for credit must be submitted and approved prior to commencement of the course.
BFA (Acting) - Download the Download the International Students Fees and financial assistance vary for international students see for full details. Students using workshop spaces are also required to have closed-toe protective footwear.
Our Acting alumni include two-time Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett as well as Hugo Weaving, Jessica Marais, Miranda Tapsell, Richard Roxburgh and Sarah Snook. Applications for 2019 courses are now closed. For late application requests, please contact the Learning and Teaching Team at as soon as possible. Through practice-based learning, students develop technical skills in the disciplines of voice, movement, music and acting. They extend their technique through the study of screen and recorded media. Students participate in classroom exercises, in-depth scenework, workshop stagings of plays, and full-scale productions enabling them to explore their individual talents, develop their working process and hone their artistic voice. Final-year students undertake public productions, industry-standard film and television shoots and a professional orientation program focusing on the practical realities of the entertainment sector. The year culminates in a showcase performance for industry representatives. As this is a highly competitive career, there is an emphasis on collaborative and self-directed work throughout the course which prepares students to engage with a wide range of communities and to initiate their own creative opportunities. Want to know more about this course? Course dates and times Students are at NIDA from 9am to 6pm from Monday to Friday. During production terms students may also be required for rehearsals after hours and on weekends. Additional time also needs to be allocated to library work, research, preparation for classes and private study. For this reason it is difficult for NIDA students to maintain regular part-time jobs. Studying at NIDA is a big commitment so students need to manage their time and resources carefully. All NIDA Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees are three-year full-time courses. All NIDA Master of Fine Arts courses, except for Cultural Leadership, are 15-month full-time courses. The scheduling and delivery of this course each year is subject to minimum enrolment numbers. The scheduling and delivery of this course each year is subject to minimum enrolment numbers. SEMESTER ONE ACT7101A ACTING STUDIO 30 credit points This subject introduces students to the theoretical, technical and practical foundations of acting, voice, movement and music for the professional actor. It aims to cultivate the uniqueness of self to reveal and release habitual physical patterns that impede effective communication. Technical cognizance coupled with knowledge and critical awareness of self will aid the actor in making imaginative connections to body, sound, words, emotion, and the creative world of stage and screen. The subject begins the process of cultivating the technical craft required of the individual actor, releasing imagination and creativity within a developing ensemble. Self-discipline and awareness are developed through practical experiential exercise with classes examining particular theatrical and screen forms, individual and group research, vocal, physical and music training. SEMESTER TWO ACT7101B ACTING STUDIO 30 credit points This subject further engages with the theoretical, technical and practical fundamentals acting, voice, movement and music for effective communication for the professional actor. It aims to continue the process of unlocking habitual physical patterns that impede self-expression, individualism and creativity, and, through the exploration of the principles of voice, body and music, release and reveal textual and physical constructs i. The embodiment of technical facility and flexibility, coupled with knowledge and critical awareness of self, will aid the actor in making imaginative connections to words, emotion, and the creative world of stage and screen. Classes examine particular theatrical and screen forms, individual and group research, vocal, physical and music training. Acting Interdisciplinary Collaboration SEMESTER ONE ACT7102A ACTING INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION 15 credit points This subject offers students with the opportunity to engage with theories and techniques that encourage creative collaborative stagecraft and performance practice for the actor. Through the interface with collaborative theatre practice and the rehearsal process students acquire an appreciation of the roles and responsibilities that inform theatrical production and actively contribute and participate in the forming of a creative ensemble. Classes examine particular theatrical constructs, as well as individual and group research for collaborative in-house performance outcomes. SEMESTER TWO ACT7102B ACTING INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION 15 credit points This subject requires the transference of theoretical, technical and practical skills acquired to collaborative performance practice for the screen actor. Classes and rehearsals examine particular theatrical and screen forms, as well as individual and group research. Performance and Ideas SEMESTER ONE - COM7101A PERFORMANCE AND IDEAS 10 credit points SEMESTER TWO - COM7101B PERFORMANCE AND IDEAS 10 credit points This subject gives students a theoretical, critical and experiential understanding of key contexts, forms and conventions based on a chronological framework that supports an understanding of the Western theatrical canon. In understanding the historical and social context ranging from ancient Greeks to contemporary Australian film practices, students will interrogate key figures, forms, conventions, productions, plays and practices of each topic. Introduction to Collaboration SEMESTER ONE COM7102A INTRODUCTION TO COLLABORATION 5 credit points The focus of Introduction to Collaboration is the theory and practice of collaboration. This subject introduces students to the principles of collaboration, which includes defining collaboration and creativity and examining how ethics, values and behaviours of collaboration are generated. Students investigate notions of ownership, agreement, creative conflict and how to generate ideas and create innovative practice. This subject provides a theoretical, conceptual and practical scaffold for other BFA subjects including Student-led Projects and Interdisciplinary Collaboration. SEMESTER TWO COM7102B INTRODUCTION TO COLLABORATION 5 credit points This subject builds upon the principles of collaboration, skills and conceptual tasks featured in the previous semester. The concepts previously explored are now realised through practice in a group collaborative project. These small cross cohort collaborations are supervised and mentored. They have strategies and articulated milestones for the collaboration built into the conceptual plan so that students remain accountable to the learning outcomes of the subject. SEMESTER ONE ACT7201A ACTING STUDIO 30 credit points In this subject, particular emphasis is placed on the interaction between the imaginative, theoretical, technical and practical skills of acting, voice, movement and music for the actor. It has a particular focus on the application and integration of technical facility and creative expression to reveal character. It is linked specifically to the exploration of complex text and language classical dramatic, heightened verse and prose , physicality, voice and speech such as accents and dialects as well as the engagement with three Studio Electives - Music Theatre, Applied Theatre, Physical Theatre and Classical Acting for the Contemporary Stage. Classes examine particular theatrical and screen forms, individual and group research, vocal, physical and music training. SEMESTER TWO ACT7201B ACTING STUDIO 30 credit points In this subject, students are encouraged to embody the theoretical, technical and practical applications of acting, voice, movement and music within theatrical and screen constructs for public performance. The subject places particular emphasis on the actualisation and transformation of character, through the exploration of highly complex text and language dramatic, comedy, heightened verse and prose , voice, physicality and continued creative engagement with specialist Studio Electives Music Theatre, Applied Theatre, Physical Theatre and Classical Acting for the Contemporary Stage. The subject aims to develop technically creative and imaginative artists who are able to appreciate and express various styles and forms American comedy and American theatre inherent in theatre, screen and societal contexts for the actualisation and expression of text, character and meaning. Students explore performance styles and production contexts by undertaking a series of projects to develop skills in cultural interface, observation, imagination and actualisation of character. Acting Interdisciplinary Collaboration SEMESTER ONE ACT7202A ACTING INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION 15 credit points This subject introduces students to interdisciplinary collaboration and performance for public production. It encourages actors to engage responsibly with other disciplines across NIDA and clearly define their role and responsibilities within a professional production. The subject is designed to interface with the Acting Studio subject, supporting and transferring technical proficiency to investigate character development within the collaborative rehearsal process for a public theatrical production. Students engage and participate in professional rehearsal room expectations, interfacing with stage managers, costume designers, prop makers, lighting designers, voice coaches, etc. SEMESTER TWO ACT7202B ACTING INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION 15 credit points Students develop the ability to transfer skills developed in Acting Studio to realise character in and through interdisciplinary rehearsal and public performance. The subject demands that the actor engage with initiative in the creative process of theatre and screen making. Students use emerging leadership skills and technical proficiency discovered in Acting Studio to realise character through the collaborative rehearsal process, public production and practice from stage to screen. The rehearsal process aims to replicate as fully as possible current professional practice. Classes examine particular theatrical, and screen forms, and individual and group research within a collaborative context. Performance and Ideas SEMESTER ONE - COM7201A PERFORMANCE AND IDEAS 10 credit points SEMESTER TWO - COM7201B PERFORMANCE AND IDEAS 10 credit points This subject builds upon the knowledge and analytical skills built in the earlier semesters of Performance and Ideas. This subject gives students a theoretical, critical and experiential understanding of key contexts, forms and conventions based on a contemporary chronological framework of the Western theatrical canon of the 20th and 21st centuries. In understanding the historical and social context ranging from Brecht to contemporary gaming storytelling practices, students will interrogate key figures, forms, conventions, productions, plays and practices of each topic. Student-led Projects SEMESTER ONE COM7203A STUDENT-LED PROJECTS 5 credit points Student-led Projects derive from the theoretical and methodological frameworks explored in introduction to Collaboration. Students self-select their collaborative teams with cross cohort representation. Together each team shapes an idea for presentation drawing on the individual knowledge and ability of each member to problem-solve in the development and realisation of the collaborative endeavour. Collaborative groups request input from staff or external mentors when it is required. In this subject, students apply their acquired knowledge of behaviours, innovation in practice, leadership, followership, emotional intelligence and negotiation skills to devise a collaborative performative work. Each group draws on the collective knowledge of different performance forms and processes to decide on the particular shape of their work and has strategies and articulated stages for the collaboration built into a written conceptual plan. A peer-review framework for assessment makes each student individually and collectively behaviourally accountable to the vision of the work. SEMESTER TWO COM7203B STUDENT-LED PROJECTS 5 credit points In this subject students build on the collaborative practice project established in the preceding semester by bringing their project to realisation and, if they wish, presenting it in a public or semi-public setting. Students complete their documentation of the whole project in this semester, refine and finalise their framework for peer review, and document the outcome of the peer review process after final presentations of the work. Classes are designed to accompany and complement productions in Acting Interdisciplinary Collaboration, as well as to examine particular theatrical, screen forms, individual and group research, vocal, physical and music training. SEMESTER TWO ACT7301B ACTING STUDIO 15 credit points With a continuing focus on the application of technical, imaginative and expressive skills, students take part in presentations that enable them to demonstrate skilled and industry- ready leadership and transformation of emotional, physical, and vocal range to creating a variety of roles. The subject aims to prepare students to be the creative and artistic leaders of the future, capable of contributing to the professional industry both nationally and internationally to a high standard. The subject is designed to establish the individual student actor in an industry context by consolidating three years of conservatoire education and training in an industry Showcase. Classes are designed to complement Showcase, Showreel and final productions, as well as to examine particular societal contexts, theatrical and screen forms, and individual and group research. The subject encourages actors to engage with the principles and practices of the professional actor in collaborative, devised and contemporary performance. The subject is designed to provide students with a broad range of industry specific skills supporting and transferring technical proficiency discovered in Acting Studio to develop and actualise character in the devising and rehearsal process, as well as in a public theatrical production with a focus on professional competency in the role. Classes examine particular theatrical constructs, and individual and group research within a collaborative context. The productions are designed to support and showcase technical proficiency of the student actor to the contemporary professional industry. Students participate in professional rehearsal room expectations, interfacing with stage managers, costume designers, prop makers, lighting designers, as well as internal and professional external directors. The rehearsal process aims to replicate as fully as possible current professional practice. Students perform unplugged i. SEMESTER TWO ACT7303B ACTING PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE 15 credit points This subject aims to be the stepping-stone into the professional industry and assists in building business skills websites, self-testing, and marketing and industry relationships with directors, agents and casting directors. Students develop and present a fully supported Showcase and Showreel for the industry, completing their professional portfolio. International students must have an English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 7. NIDA does not currently have an enabled course or bridging program. NIDA welcomes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. General admissions requirements apply. Due to the volume of auditions carried out, we are unable to provide you with individual feedback. The decision of the audition panel is final. It is not possible to defer an offer of a place at NIDA. Information on IELTS and testing centres in your country is available at This requirement may be waived for applicants that have completed their high school studies in English. For more information on applying as an international student, see. Domestic applicants with overseas qualifications Domestic and international students are required to pay tuition fees by the due date each semester. The tuition fees are reviewed each year and if you enrol you are liable for the additional tuition costs if the tuition fees rise during the course of your enrolments. Domestic Students Domestic students are Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens. Download the Download the International Students Fees and financial assistance vary for international students see for full details. Administration fees Administration and Other Fees 2019 These fees are payable at the time the service is provided or item purchased. As a NIDA student you can receive a 20% full time student discount in store at Bloch, or alternatively offers reasonable online prices. Acting students must also supply their own make-up and soft black shoes. Information Technology Recommendations To access NIDA wireless iWIRE network, students are required to have access to a Laptop Windows 7 and later , Macbook Mac OS X 10. All the devices should comply with 802. All notebooks should be secured with a Kensington lock to help prevent theft. FEE-HELP is the Australian Government loan scheme that assists eligible students to pay their tuition fees, so that students do not have to pay tuition fees up-front. FEE-HELP can cover all or part of a student's tuition fees. A loan fee of 25% applies to FEE-HELP loans for undergraduate courses of study. The FEE-HELP limit does not include the loan fee. The Government pays the amount of the loan directly to NIDA. Students repay their loan through the tax system once their income rises above the minimum threshold for compulsory repayment. For more information go to WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR FEE-HELP? Financial assistance Eligible students, who are Australian residents, can apply to Centrelink for financial assistance through Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY. Visit or call 132 490 for more information. While at NIDA, students can also apply for consideration for a NIDA. Each year there are a limited number of NIDA student bursaries to assist with living costs. These are allocated to students on the basis of financial need with second and third year undergraduates and Master of Fine Arts students prioritised. The bursaries are made available through the generosity of donors to NIDA and from bequests. Statement of Tuition Assurance Exemption Under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, the HESA and the Higher Education Provider Guidelines, approved Higher Education Providers must have arrangements in place to protect students if the Provider is unable to continue to offer a course for any reason, unless the Provider has been exempted from this requirement. As required under 2. The reason for the exemption is that NIDA is in receipt of funding from the Australian Government. As NIDA is principally funded by the Australian Government, appropriate transition arrangements would be put in place should it be decided to discontinue a course. FAQs Entry into NIDA courses is by audition or interview only. We do not ask for exam scores or ATAR rankings. However, all applicants applying for any higher education course at NIDA must have completed their Higher School Certificate or equivalent qualification at the end of high school. In exceptional circumstances this requirement can be waived. What subjects should I study at school? NIDA does not require students to have studied any particular subjects at school. However, it is beneficial during their period of study at NIDA for students to have a high level of literacy and to have read widely. A strong working knowledge of subjects such as English and History is helpful to provide an understanding of historical context and literary references in theatre and literature. It is helpful to have an understanding of drama and, if possible, to have attended a range of theatre and films. Applicants for some courses often study Design and Technology, Textiles and Design, or similar subjects such as Art. Knowledge of a language other than English and understanding of other cultures is also beneficial. For courses such as Properties and Objects, Staging, Design for Performance, and Technical Theatre and Stage Management there is a need to have some numeracy and basic computing skills. For the Staging and Properties and Objects courses there is a need to be comfortable with basic applied algebra, geometry and physical concepts but memorisation is not required and use of these concepts is very practically focused. Is there a minimum age restriction? Students are expected to be at least 18 years of age at the commencement of their first year, or within a few months of commencement. In exceptional circumstances this condition may be waived. Applicants must be at least 17 years of age at the time of their audition or interview. Applications from those 16 years and younger will not be accepted. Is there a maximum age restriction? There is no maximum age restriction. As a guide to the age distribution at NIDA, the ages of students in undergraduate courses at the start of 2016 ranged from 17 years to early 30s, with the average age being 21. The average age in the Master of Fine Arts courses is 32, with an age range from early 20s to mid-40s. Application to NIDA is by direct entry. Applicants apply online via the NIDA website. NIDA will accept applications for the 2019 intake from 2 July - 30 September, 2018. You must then prepare for your audition or interview, the details of which can be found on the course pages. If you are having difficulty using the online application form, check your internet browser: Chrome, Firefox and Safari are the recommended browsers. You should also turn off any security that blocks pop-ups, as this may prevent the application screen from opening. While application form will still work on a tablet or mobile device, it performs best on a PC or laptop. Can I apply for more than one course? If the dates provided are not suitable to individuals applying to non-Acting courses we will try to work with you to create a mutually agreeable alternative. Unfortunately due to the large volume of applications to the Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting course, we cannot schedule any alternative dates other than those advertised. Due to the large number of people being auditioned or interviewed, it is not possible for NIDA to provide individual feedback, either orally or in writing. However, the auditions and interviews are learning experiences, particularly through the opportunity in the auditions to observe the presentation of audition pieces by other applicants and any redirection suggestions provided to you or other applicants by members of the audition panel. There are around 1700 applicants for the 24 places in the Acting course. Most school leavers who apply for the Acting course are not accepted the first time they apply. There are advantages to having some life experience and maturity to be able to cope with a very rigorous course. However, the audition process is a valuable one and provides useful experience for future applications. There were two school-leavers among the 24 applicants selected for entry in 2016. Where will my interview take place? The specific location details will be included in your receipt once you have submitted a complete application form. What happens after my interview? Final selections are made for each course by mid- December when study offers will be distributed to successful applicants via email. Please note applicants who do not make it through to the recall stage for Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting and Master of Fine Arts Directing courses have not been successful for the 2019 intake. Students are at NIDA from 9am to 6pm from Monday to Friday. During production terms students may also be required for rehearsals after hours and on weekends. Additional time also needs to be allocated to library work, research, preparation for classes and private study. For this reason it is difficult for NIDA students to maintain regular part-time jobs. Studying at NIDA is a big commitment so students need to manage their time and resources carefully. NIDA offers a conservatoire based method of education and training based around intensive practice-based learning. There is formal class work, practical instruction, lectures and, for some courses, periods of placements in the arts industry. Each course has dedicated time to discipline-specific immersion, as well as common subjects undertaken by students of all disciplines. NIDA Play Productions and screen work provides practical learning experiences, giving students the opportunity to apply learnt technical skills. More detailed information about course structure can be found on the individual course pages. What facilities does NIDA offer? What student services does NIDA offer? NIDA students have access to student counselling services provided through UNSW. Indigenous students can also use the services of the Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Centre at UNSW. Does NIDA offer credit transfer for study undertaken elsewhere? An application for credit must be submitted and approved prior to commencement of the course. It is also in high demand so it is advisable to start searching at least two or three weeks before you start the course. You should also consider that not all accommodation is furnished and you may need to buy furniture. Students tend to look for accommodation in suburbs near NIDA such as Randwick, Kensington, Kingsford, Coogee and Maroubra or, slightly further away, in Newtown, Surry Hills or Paddington, because of proximity and transport services. Students at NIDA often have to stay late during production and projects times so it is important that transport is available. The advantage to share renting is that all costs, rent, electricity, gas etc are shared, reducing the overall cost of living. Share rentals are often advertised on the rental websites given above, but NIDA students also post notices to the student web pages when they are seeking someone to share their accommodation. Students will be able to access these pages as soon as they have accepted their offer of place at NIDA. Alternatively, there are local, public forums for seeking share-housing independently such as and closed Facebook groups such as and read the guidelines listed and request to join. For any queries regarding the NIDA Study Abroad program contact us at. You cannot defer acceptance of a place. There is no guarantee that you will be offered a place next time. A first year student who discontinues a course of study during the year and wishes to return the following year, must re-apply for admission to NIDA in the normal manner. There is no guarantee of re-admission. Application for leave of absence by continuing students must be made in writing with reasons to the Head of Course for consideration and recommendation to the Director. It should be noted that approval for leave of absence will only be granted under exceptional circumstances. Can students be suspended from NIDA? While students are provided with the script of any plays they are involved in as part of the NIDA Production Program, students are encouraged to purchase other scripts and textbooks for subjects such as Performance and Ideas. Acting students must also supply their own make-up and soft black shoes. Scenic Construction and Technologies, Design for Performance, Costume, Properties and Objects, Technical Theatre and Stage Management students are required to purchase specific tools and equipment, which should be considered as lifelong investments. Students using workshop spaces are also required to have closed-toe protective footwear. To access NIDA wireless iWIRE network, students are required to have access to a Laptop Windows 7 and later , Macbook Mac OS X 10. All the devices should comply with 802. For a full list of additional costs by course please refer to the. NIDA does not offer scholarships that cover the cost of tuition fees. NIDA students, who are Australian citizens, are able to access FEE-HELP loans for assistance with their tuition fees. For more information on FEE-HELP loans see. NIDA offers students the opportunity to apply for financial assistance bursaries at the beginning of each year to assist with living costs. The bursaries are made available through the generosity of donors to NIDA and from bequests. These funds are allocated to students on the basis of financial need, course of study and year of study. Bursaries are only available to students currently enrolled at NIDA. What other financial assistance is available to undergraduate students? Students must be proficient in written and spoken English, with international applicants required to have an English language proficiency equivalent to an overall band score of IELTS 8. Information on IELTS and testing centres in your country is available at. International applicants who are short-listed for the Acting course after the recall audition must provide evidence of their English language capability by the end of the first week in December in order to be considered in the final selection process. International applications for other courses should bring evidence of their English language capability to their interview. Where can I find more information about international students at NIDA? Application to NIDA is by direct entry. Applicants apply online via the NIDA website. NIDA will accept applications for the 2019 intake from 2 July - 31 October, 2018. Auditions will be held in November. Entry to the BFA Acting is by audition. Applicants will need to prepare several audition pieces prior to their audition - see below for details or download the. There are six steps to successfully applying for a NIDA course: STEP 1 Create your application account link to be provided from 2 July. You will then be sent an automatic email with your log in details to continue your application. STEP 5 Book your audition or interview date in your nearest capital city. STEP 6 Attend your audition or interview, having prepared the relevant material for your course. Audition dates Below are the expected first round and recall dates for 2018. Please note: NIDA reserves the right to amend and otherwise alter audition dates and locations, subject to minimum applicant numbers per region. FIRST ROUND AUDITION 1. ONE CLASSICAL PIECE This should be a short monologue from a Shakespearian or Jacobean play. This must be in verse; it cannot be a sonnet or a poem. You may choose a piece from the list or a piece of your own choosing 2. This can be any play spanning the period of Anton Chekov early 1900s to the present day. However, you must be prepared to present it in English as well. You will not be timed, but you should try and stick as close to two minutes as possible. RECALL AUDITION In the event that you are invited to attend a recall audition you will need to have prepared two additional pieces of work as outlined below: 3. A DUOLOGUE provided by NIDA; you will be paired with another applicant. OR b A MUSICAL THEATRE SONG Prepare a song from the list below; you will be provided with a piano accompanist. Other applicants will also be in the room. One of your pieces will be worked so be prepared to take direction from the panel. You should be prepared to spend the whole day at the recall. You may also be asked to work with a partner another applicant on the duologue. Please note if you are not invited to attend a recall audition, or you do not make it to the filming section of the recall audition, you should consider your application unsuccessful this year. However a student can apply for academic credit or recognition of prior learning at the time of enrolment. Details are available on the See PDF, 33KB. Student profile The table below gives an indication of the educational backgrounds of the 2018 commencing undergraduate BFA peer cohort in all disciplines at NIDA. It should be noted that as selection and admission to courses at NIDA is based on merit the statistics below may not be indicative of the educational backgrounds of commencing cohorts on a year to year basis. Applicant Background Number of students Percentage of all students A Past higher education study 7 11. Graduates of the Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting will have the performance skills and theoretical knowledge to be employed in a range of industries, including television, film, theatre and radio. Students will graduate having studied one of three Studio Majors: Music Theatre, Applied Theatre, or Physical Theatre. Graduating students will also have a professional portfolio through which to showcase their talent and have ample opportunities to connect with industry professionals including agents and casting directors. Potential careers include Actor for film, television, stage and audio. Further Info For more info, check the PDF, 2.