Full-Time Ballet Programs

The National Theatre is a registered training organisation providing a number of full time accredited qualifications, as well as a full-time non-accredited training program through our Ballet School.

The National Theatre Ballet Schools’ professional accredited training courses are continually evaluated to meet the ever-evolving dance industry, maximising our students’ opportunities to achieve a career in the dance industry.

We offer accredited pathways for Australian and International students to attain qualifications in Certificate IV in Dance, Diploma of Professional Dance (Elite Performance), and Advanced Diploma of Professional Dance (Elite Performance). All our Full-Time programs provide students with professional industry relevant dance training and skills that prepare and support the student beyond the studio.

All course entries are by application, audition and interview.


Certificate IV in Dance 


Course code: CUA40120

Cricos Code: 105787J

The Certificate IV in Dance at the National Theatre Ballet School is an excellent pathway for students who wish to transition into full time training. This course enables aspiring artists to also complete their academic studies via school or other outside agencies. As such, the course may be taken over 1 or 2 years. 


The qualification reflects the role of individuals working in a wide variety of dance performance contexts. Students will be taught to apply solutions to a range of dance related problems and analyse and evaluate information to enhance their understanding of dance and their own practice. They will have opportunities to provide leadership and guidance to others to experience responsibility for the output of others.



Course Code: CUA51520

CRICOS Code: 106317J


This nationally recognized qualification provides intense technical training to develop the young dancer with both technical and performance skills relevant for today’s dance industry.

This qualification reflects the role of dancers working or aspiring to work in professional dance companies, and as such, the expectations of the Diploma level is much higher than the Certificate IV. 

At this level students are expected to apply theory and creative skills in different situations. They will be required to display initiative and judgement in planning dance related activities. They now have autonomy in performing complex technical operations and are supported as they work towards being responsible for the planning, coordination and evaluation of the work of others – within parameters.  


Course Code: CUA60120

CRICOS Code: 106318H


New for 2022 – The Emerging Artist Program incorporating the updated Advanced Diploma of Professional Dance (Elite Performance). 

The National Theatre’s Emerging Artist Program is an excellent opportunity for students to pursue Pre-Professional training in Australia prior to auditioning for a company or other desired career pathways. We have structured the program over 2 years to allow students to dedicate time to both the academic requirements of the Advanced Diploma level of training, and have time to develop their career pathway.

The Advanced Diploma qualification reflects the role of dancers with the necessary technique and talent to work in professional dance companies. At this level, students are expected to apply wide-ranging, highly specialised technical, creative, and conceptual skills in order to express ideas and perspectives. 

AUDITION DATES FOr 2022 intake

National Theatre Ballet School, Melbourne
Saturday 28 August 2021
Saturday 23 October 2021
 3 – 5pm



Perth, Tasmania and New Zealand:
Please see nationaltheatre.org.au/ballet/how-to-audition

Video submission via YouTube or Vimeo are warmly welcomed for 2022.

International Students

Please note our different course fee structure and enrolment information for international students.
Please visit our international students page to find out more.

Policies for Accredited Courses

The policies for our accreditated courses can be viewed here.

Download 2021 Aus/nz prospectus here
Download 2021 INTERNATIONAL Prospectus here


Our 2022 prospectus is coming in June and will be available for immediate download with the updated versions of the courses that have just been released in April 2021. If you would like us to send it to you when available, please complete your details via the linked form below.

Request Your 2022 Prospectus HERE

Diploma of Dance CENSUS DATES 2021

Advanced Diploma of Dance CENSUS DATES 2021