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:

Ballet School:
Ballet Prospectus for International Students 2021 (PDF)

Drama School
Drama Prospectus for International Students 2021(PDF)


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.