Full-Time TRAINING Ballet Courses

The National Theatre is a registered training organisation providing a number of full time accredited qualifications through our Ballet School.

audition dates for 2023 entry
Melbourne In Person Auditions: 29 October 2022

If you have questions, please contact office@nationaltheatre.org.au 


International Students – Digitial Application

International Auditions via digital entry  – closing date 18 November 2022 

Please visit our international students page to find out more


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

The  National Theatre Ballet Schools Advanced Diploma in Professional Dance (Elite Performance) is a carefully structured program over two 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 second year of the program prepares the Emerging Artist.

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 will have skills to apply wide-ranging, highly specialised technical, creative, and conceptual skills to express ideas and perspectives.
The Emerging Artist Program is a structured program blended into the final year of the Advanced Diploma of Professional Dance (Elite Performance).

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.

Fees are payable termly, in advance.

There is a ‘cooling-off’ period of 5 days once the term starts (if not paying via VET Student Loans) or on the ‘census date’ for students accessing VET Student Loans. Please see the website and student handbook for dates for fees/census dates/refund policy. You can also view our refund policy here.