Student Information

For further information, including course information, costs & additional fees, uniform requirements, transport & accomodation in Melbourne, the application process and more, please download our comprehensive prospectuses:

Ballet International Student Prospectus 2020

Ballet AUS & NZ Student Prospectus 2020

Drama International Student Prospectus 2020

Drama AUS & NZ Student Prospectus 2020

Please note: Our 2021 prospectus will be available form June 2020.


Welcome to the National Theatre Melbourne and our accredited courses run by our National Theatre Ballet 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

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 .



The National Theatre Melbourne is uniquely positioned as we have our own historical theatre, right in the heart of St Kilda where productions at large scale can be produced.

Lessons are held in our 4 studios, all with Tarquet flooring and mirrors, whiteboard, projector, desks and video equipment.

A large theatrette 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, printers, and photocopiers).

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


All students are provided a locker to store valuables. This is a free service accessed by paying a $10 key deposit, which is returned on completion of your studies.

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 whilst studying at the National.  Any exceptions will be at the discretion of the School Directors.

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 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 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 School’s Graduation Ceremony is on the second Wednesday in March of the year following the completion of studies

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.

Student Policies

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.

Student Behaviour Policy

All students at The National Theatre Schools are expected to conduct themselves appropriately and professionally whether in class, the building, or representing the school. Students are required to abide by the School’s procedures and policies. During the Orientation Day, this policy will be discussed and students will be expected to confirm their acceptance of this policy.

Support Services

 The National Theatre understands the importance of supporting students beyond the ‘classroom’ as they complete their studies. As a smaller provider, we are able to develop closer relationships and provide a more student-centered approach to our teaching.

All students who are studying with the National Theatre Melbourne are 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.

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.

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.

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.

The Australian National Memorial Theatre is a Registered Training Organisation

Trading as the National Theatre Melbourne (RTO No: 3600) provides education services for Australian and International students through registration with the Australian Skills Quality Authority and compliance with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 and the Education Services for Overseas Students Framework.


CRICOS Registration Statement

The Australian National Memorial Theatre is duly authorised to deliver educational programs to overseas students in Victoria. It is listed on the Australian Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS Register).


CRICOS Provider Number: 01551E