Adult Courses

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

In addition to its accredited professional training, the School offers a range of popular short (non-accredited) courses in Acting for those who are 18+ and are looking to explore their performance potential. The courses cater for everyone from beginners to those who are considering acting careers in a supportive and fun environment.

In 2019 the following classes will be offered:

Always thought you’d like to act? Our Introduction to Acting course provides the perfect opportunity to take the leap and just do it! Working in a safe and supportive environment you will be encouraged to discover your inner child – that playful, adventurous and creative being that’s probably been buried for far too long. You won’t need scripts, it’s not about learning lines at this stage, it’s about using your imagination, letting go of your inhibitions and playing. You up for it?
The National Theatre Drama School now offers a unique opportunity for students who want to explore the world of acting and performance-making. ​

A new part-time (non-accredited) short-course provides opportunities to experience the range of disciplines and skills needed for a professional career on stage or screen, before committing to higher-level study.
Working with respected Industry professionals, students undertake classes in Movement, Voice, Improvisation, Text Study, and Stage and Screen Acting. Class sizes are capped so that students receive the maximum attention and encouragement and are given the best chance to fully explore their training potential.

The School is based in its own studios in the National Theatre building at the corner of Carlisle and Barkly Street, St Kilda a short distance away from Luna Park and the beach.

View Course Prospectus (PDF link) 

Australian & NZ Students
International Students

USI: For information regarding your Unique Student Identification number, please visit our Student Information Page or the Australian Government’s USI website.

Fees are payable by the census date of each unit in advance. Students who are eligible for VET Student Loans may be able to obtain an Australian Government student loan to a maximum of $10,000 of their tuition fees in this course. (see VET student Loans)

The Course is also approved for Austudy, ABSTUDY and the Pensioner Education Supplement. For more information on undertaking accredited acting courses with the National Theatre Drama School, please contact us at 

For a full breakdown of unit costs, and census dates please download the following document NTDS census dates 2018