International Student Information
For further information, including course information, costs & additional fees, student visas, overseas health cover, uniform requirements, transport & accomodation in Melbourne, the application process and more,
please download our comprehensive Student Prospectus:
Please note course costs will slightly differ from those noted on the course pages for both the Ballet & Drama schools.
Welcome to the National Theatre Melbourne and our accredited courses run by our National Theatre Ballet and Drama School. The National Theatre was built in 1921 and we have been operating in the current building since the 1970’s. The National Theatre Melbourne, a registered charity as well as providing year long vocational training in Ballet and Acting also provides a variety of part time and after hour’s courses as well as a year long performance program and community use of the venue.
20 Carlisle St, St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia 3182
Ballet Administration 61 (3) 9534 0224
Drama Administration 61 (3) 9534 0223
Financial Support for Training
The National Theatre Melbourne is an approved Registered Training Organisation (RTO) for the VET Student Loan scheme and is registered with Centrelink for Austudy and Abstudy financial help. See below for more information.
How To Audition
Step 1 – Complete the Audition Application Form (Ballet) or Audition Application Form (Drama) with all relevant information that has to be provided for your course and pay the application fee. If you are successful, you will be advised of the audition requirements for international students. If you are able to attend an audition in person please advise the School Administrator.
Step 2 – On completion of the application form. Drama School applicants will be provided the required monologues for auditions. The first stage of the audition process for international students is completed by providing the required information by video and photos. Instructions on what to include in your audition DVD will be provided on your application form. Upon receipt of your audition DVD the Director of the School will view the footage and advise of the outcome, if any further footage is required the School Administrator will advise you. The School Administrator will advise you formally if your audition has been successful.
Students are required to provide the following documents and payments for the school to obtain the necessary paperwork for you to apply for your VISA:
- Complete Enrollment Documents and return to the School
- Provide a copy of your Current Passport
- Pay the fee for Overseas Health Cover (amount as advised by the School)
The School Administrator will apply for your
- Overseas Health Cover
- Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)
both these documents will be emailed to you, so you can apply for your Student VISA.
Student ID Cards
All students will be issued with a yearly student card and student number. This card must bear a current photo and be signed by both the student and administrator to be valid. Concessions are available to students of the National Theatre Melbourne on presentation of their card. Public Transport concessions are available to students of full time courses.
Unique Student Identifier (USI)
All students (including International) undertaking vocational education and training must hold a USI and provide it to the National Theatre Melbourne during the enrolment process. If students do not provide their USI, the National Theatre Melbourne will not be able to issue any Certificates or Statements of Attainment for units of competency or qualifications completed. For more information about the USI visit www.usi.gov.au or speak to the School Administrator.
The National Theatre Melbourne has 4 studios, all with tarquet flooring and mirrors, whiteboard, projector, desks and video equipment. A large theatrette is used for rehearsals and performances.
There is a small library for students consisting of relevant drama and dance related plays, books, journals, magazines, sheet music, videos, CDs. Students also have access to IT facilities (computers, printer and photocopier) and kitchen facilities.
Students who have professional representation should advise their agent at the commencement of their course that they will generally not be available to take work or attend auditions or castings that conflict with class times. All exceptions will be at the discretion of the School Directors.
Students are required to attend an orientation day prior to the start of their course. The aim of the day is to provide students with information about studying at the National Theatre Melbourne, and for interstate or international students, about living in Melbourne. It will include information on the following:
- Information on course of study and timetable for the year
- Fees, charges and VET Student Loans (where applicable)
- Student Handbook, including information on Policies and Procedures (support services, refunds, deferral, suspension and withdrawal, complaints)
- Student ID cards
- Contact details
- Melbourne information, public transport, banking, health services.
- Fire safety, evacuation and OHS
- Unique Student Identifier information
You will be notified by your School with the details once you have accepted your place on the course.
The Ballet and Drama School both hold annual graduation ceremonies for all students who have successfully completed their accredited training courses.
The Ballet graduation ceremony is at the end of the year, usually in Mid December. The Drama graduation ceremony is held the following year in March.
Access and Equity
The National Theatre Melbourne is committed to ensuring that we offer training opportunities to all people on an equal and fair basis. This includes people with disabilities, people from non-English speaking backgrounds, Indigenous Australians, and rural and remote learners.
All Students have equal access to our courses irrespective of their gender, culture, linguistic background, race, socio-economic background, disability, age, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or carer’s responsibilities. All Students who meet our entry requirements will be accepted into any of our courses where a place exists. Where our courses have a limited number of available places, these will be filled in order of completed applications.
Access to Student Records
Students are allowed access to their records; contact the School Administrator for more information.
Change to Personal Details
If there are changes to your personal details, particularly changes to your address, email or phone number you must notify the School Administrator immediately.
Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer
The National Theatre Melbourne recognises Qualifications and Statements of Attainment issued by other Registered Training Organisations. Where a student has already completed a unit of competency that is part of the course they are enrolling on they can apply for a credit and will not be expected to repeat the unit. This is at the discretion of the Director of Drama. You must advise the School Administrator on enrolment if you wish to claim any credit transfers.
Where students have relevant and significant training and life experience there may be an opportunity to apply for recognition of prior learning. This may allow a student to enter a course at a certain point without being expected to complete all the units of competency e.g. entry at second year. Please speak to a School Administrator for further information.
Complaints and Appeals
Complaints and appeals will be dealt with through a fair and equitable process. Initially any issues should be raised with the School Administrator, Trainer/Assessor or Director as applicable and we will try to deal with the issue informally. If the issue cannot be resolved the complaint must be detailed in writing to the School Administrator. The formal complaints and appeals process will then commence.
For a copy of the Complaints and Appeals policy contact the School Administrator or download from the website.
All students including international and under 18 years of age, who are studying with the National Theatre Melbourne can be provided with information on support services available.
Orientation days for all students are provided as an introduction to the Theatre, the surrounding area and life in Melbourne, Australia.