Advanced Diploma Application


Yadah gayi-gu Darkinjung Ngura – Welcome to Darkinjung Land

Thank you for your interest in applying to study NAISDA’s Advanced Diploma in February 2021.

This is the first year that this course has been offered to participants and is specifically designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists entering their final year of study before progressing to a professional dance career, as well as for artists already practising who wish to upskill their professional practice.

The course is a combination of core and elective units designed for the applicant with our Course Coordinators Jo Clancy and Alfred Taahi.

In response to this year’s challenges presented by COVID 19, our application process has been moved online to keep everyone safe, being mindful of travel restrictions and to ensure a fair and equitable process for all.

For the purpose of this course, the terminology Practising Artist defines a NAISDA Diploma Graduate or dancer, choreographer, director or cultural practitioner who has gained skills and experience from working in the arts industry professionally.

We are here to support you throughout this process.

Should you have any questions or need help completing your application, you can contact Course Coordinator Alfred Taahi at, or call for a yarn on Tuesdays or Wednesdays on 02 4340 3100, or 1800 117 116.

Before completing this form, please ensure you have read all the general information and audition process on our website.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must be:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Aged 18 or over

It is envisaged that you will have advanced training and experience within one of the following performance streams:

  • Community Dance Practice
  • Cultural Dance Practice
  • Professional Dance Practice

Stage 1 – Complete the Application Form by 23 October 2020

Complete this online form to apply to study the Advanced Diploma at NAISDA from February 2021 onwards.

Whilst Stage 1 applications will remain open until 23 October 2020, we encourage you to complete and submit this form as early as possible to give maximum preparation time for subsequent stages and tasks.

Stage 2 – Meet the Course Coordinators

We will contact you within 5 working days of receiving your application form.

Successful applicants will be invited to attend a meeting with the Course Coordinators for an overview and discussion of course possibilities. You can choose whether to do this online or in person at NAISDA. The meeting is an opportunity to discuss your experience and suitability of the course to your career aspirations. This will include further discussion about course units applicable to your needs.

Stage 3 – Evidence Gathering

We will ask for further information or evidence regarding:

  • Your creative vision
  • Your current creative practice
  • Suitability of the course to your career aspirations
  • Outline of preferred units and streams of study
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) (If applicable, discussed in stage 2)
  • Credit Transfer (CT) (If applicable, discussed in stage 2)

Stage 4 – Final interview

Once we have received the above and agreed information, we will invite you to attend a final interview (either online or in person) for a collaborative discussion of the unit possibilities which best work for the development of your practice and career.

Following Stage 4 interviews, final offers will be made and enrolment paperwork and processes will be completed.

‘Dhiyang gayung-bayn-ba’ – I will be here

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