Learning opportunities for teachers

Customised workshops

NIDA offers customised workshops for early childhood, primary and secondary teachers. Our approach to designing customised workshops is collaborative and we work together to determine the outcomes of the course based on the experience, skills and needs of each group. Call us on 1300 450 417 or email schools@nida.edu.au to discuss your idea or complete the booking form below.

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Learning opportunities for teachers

Creative Ambassador's Initiative

Unfortunately NIDA must cancel the 2020 Creative Ambassadors Initiative program due to current health concerns.

We are disappointed to have to cancel this important program and we look forward to investigating renewed options for teacher professional development when we have a confirmed timeline for return to in-venue programming.

NIDA has recently launched a suite of online courses for adults and young people and will develop new online learning opportunities over the coming weeks. We have also released a program of customised online activities for school groups. You can see online for schools and current online courses for adults, children and young people, or subscribe to the NIDA news to stay up to date with all things NIDA.

About Creative Ambassadors

The Creative Ambassador’s Initiative is an investment in the creative practice and artistry of early career teachers. Successful applicants participate in a week of masterclasses at NIDA to develop their skills as drama specialists, cultural leaders and creative pedagogues.

Work with leading artists, educators and academics including John Bashford (Head of Acting, NIDA) and Lyn Lee (NIDA Corporate).

Learning opportunities

  • Professional knowledge: experience practical training at NIDA across a variety of performance disciplines.
  • Creativity: discover strategies to teach creatively and teach for creativity.
  • Cultural Advocacy: develop the skills to inspire cultural and creative practice in your school.

Eligibility criteria

To apply for the Creative Ambassador’s Initiative, applicants must be:

  • in the first five years of their teaching career
  • employed as a primary school or secondary school teacher in any Australian state or territory
  • motivated practitioners
  • nominated by their Head of Department or Principal.


Primary and secondary school teachers in the first five years of their teaching career.


NIDA, Kensington NSW


There is no tuition fee for successful applicants. NIDA is unable to cover travel, accommodation or living expenses.


'The strengths of this program were the strategies in Drama that I could use in my STEM context  but also if I was to become a generalist teacher. It was also incredible learning from amazing tutors about what works in their particular classrooms. It was exactly what I needed as an early career teacher. I was a bit afraid of how to pitch the concept of STEM but through being immersed and rediscovering, I became more confident. I can’t thank you enough for this opportunity! I learnt how to advocate for the arts and that change can happen!'
Lina Ponto, Marie Bashir PS, Creative Ambassador 2018

'This was an opportunity to engage with peers and industry professionals to strengthen creative practice and teaching. The strength of the program was the ability to engage with industry professionals and being able to pick their knowledge. This program was sensational! The things I have learnt and the friendships I have formed will stay with me for a long time. I hope to pass on this information and knowledge that I have gathered this week to teachers in my school in the hope that they can also benefit from my participation in the program. I will also do my best to pass this onto my students to further inspire them in theatre making.'
Simon Locke, Bowen State High School, Creative Ambassador 2018

CUA30415 Certificate III in Live Production and Services

NIDA has a long-standing relationship with the NSW Department of Education and has delivered the VET Entertainment course (CUA30415 Certificate III in Live Production and Services) as a teacher training program for the past 12 years.

Entry to this program is by application through your school's RTO or by contacting the vocational training advisor for the Department of Education, Catholic Schools NSW or the Association of Independent Schools of NSW. Applications are approved by the Application Review Committee (comprised of representatives from all school sectors as well as subject matter experts) who convene to review each application. Due to the intensive nature of this training, some prior knowledge and experience of the entertainment industry is expected.


Secondary school teachers


NIDA, Kensington NSW


10 days

Group size

8-14 participants

Application process

For more information contact NIDA Vocational Studies on 02 9697 7514.

Adult short courses

NIDA offers a range of short courses for adults suitable for teachers looking to develop their skills in specific disciplines or techniques including Suzuki, Viewpoints, Stanislavski, physical theatre, lighting, stage management, make-up and sound and costume design.

Programs are designed to reflect current industry trends and the broader teaching ethos of NIDA. NIDA Open tutors are experienced teaching artists who are passionate about sharing their professional knowledge. Courses are delivered at various times across the year, across Australia

Teachers are eligible to receive a 15% discount on the full price of all adult short courses. To book and take advantage of the teacher discount, call the NIDA Open team on 1300 450 417 or email schools@nida.edu.au from your school email address.

Visit open.nida.edu.au to find out more about the adult short courses available.

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