Studying at The National Theatre


20 Carlisle St, St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia 3182


School Administration          + 61 (3) 9534 0221

Email: office@nationaltheatre.org.au


The National Theatre Melbourne is in a privileged position to have our own heritage theatre, right in the heart of St Kilda where productions of large scale can be produced.

The majority of lessons are held in our six studios, four with Tarkett flooring and mirrors, some having a whiteboard and video equipment.

A 50-seat ‘black-box’ theatre is used for rehearsals and unit of study performances and showings. Our smaller studios,  equipped with television and camera facilities, can be booked by current students for private rehearsal times free of charge.

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 unlimited access to IT facilities (computers, printer and photocopier).

The school has kitchen facilities that allow students to store and heat food, as well as a lounge area to relax, warm up and rehearse.

All students are provided a locker for their belongings; this service is free. We recommend students bring a combination lock if storing valuables. Locks are to be provided by students at their own cost.

Professional Representation

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 or their training. Additional outside training is usually discouraged whilst studying at the National due to the course workload.  A written application to the school Director of the School is required for exceptions to be considered.

Orientation Day

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 things such as:

  • 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
  • Updating Contact details
  • Fire safety, evacuation and OHS

The National Theatre Ballet and Drama School hold annual graduation ceremonies for all students who have successfully completed their accredited training course. This ceremony is held at the end of the year, usually in mid-December.


All students are provided with a student card and student number. To be valid, this card must have a current photo and be signed by the student. Concessions may be available to students of The National Theatre Melbourne on presentation of their card. ID cards are provided free of charge to all enrolled students. A $15 replacement fee is required if the card is lost or damaged.

Alterations to delivery mode

All courses are designed to be delivered in person and will only be delivered online due to any relevant government restrictions or health advice. If restrictions occur (such as during COVID lockdowns experienced in 2020/1), The National Theatre Melbourne may need to implement a change to its delivery mode. Training delivery may be adapted to an online live training and learning experience, including some assessments where it is safe to do so. Theory subjects may be prioritised during any classroom and studio restrictions.

technology requirements

All students enrolled in an accredited training course are required to provide a learning device, PC, laptop, or tablet including secure internet, to be able to complete all set work and assessments for online delivery and for electronic submission of assignments. Students require a suitable level of digital literacy to ensure they can access online classes, complete assessments online or upload documents and access emails.

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

All students (including International Students) undertaking vocational education and training must hold a USI and provide it to The National Theatre Melbourne when completing their enrolment. 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. Students can obtain a USI free of charge by accessing the USI website www.usi.gov.au.. This information is collected via your enrolment form. International students will need to wait until they have arrived to organise and submit to administration their USI.

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 Youth Allowance, Austudy and Abstudy financial help for those that are eligible.


Visit our Living and Studying in Melbourne page for helpful information, tips and links.