15 months
Study mode
Tuition fee (entire course)
Foreign students
USD 29,503
AUD 41,000
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

The Master of Fine Arts (Writing for Performance) course marks an exciting development in Australian writing and reflects NIDA's commitment to produce artists of the highest quality and leaders in their field.

Writers will undertake the artistically challenging task of producing an original full length work while at the same time pursuing studies in contemporary philosophy, ethics, cultural studies and classical rhetoric, as well as film studies and creativity, amongst others. They will also be engaged in the vigorous day-to-day life of a vibrant school of theatre and film practitioners, participating in the debates that are framing the future of our art forms, and will be encouraged to reach beyond themselves in the pursuit of excellence. This is a course for writers who want to ignite.

The guiding philosophy of the course is that great writing comes from a passionate engagement with great ideas, and to that end, writers will be constantly exposed to some of the most challenging intellectual debates of the contemporary world. At the same time, they will have the opportunity to do work in fields as diverse as film and digital media, while writing their major work, excerpts of which will be presented at the end of the year, with the writers themselves directing actors in a rehearsed reading for a public audience.

Explore Writing for Performance

This is a course for people who have already decided to call themselves writers and who see that as their primary calling. While craft skills are important, they are of minor concern compared to the terror and uncertainty of writing itself, and the necessity of having something to say. It is the focus on these two major areas of writing, as well as the nurturing of creativity itself, that distinguishes the NIDA course.

Entry Requirements

We select applicants who demonstrate commitment, capacity and willingness to advance their practice by:

  1. Working creatively
  2. Collaborating as part of a creative team
  3. Demonstrating a range of relevant skills and technical abilities
  4. Providing evidence of intellectual enquiry and reflection within their work
  5. Communicating clearly 
  • All applicants applying for the graduate courses at NIDA must have completed an undergraduate degree (in any area) or have at least five years relevant experience in a related area.

English Language Requirement:

  • English language proficiency equivalent to an overall band score of 7.0 or 8.0 IELTS, depending on the course.