Arts and culture

Arts training bodies

Arts training bodies

Performing arts training organisations and institutions are fostering excellence and contributing to Australia’s thriving creative economy.

The Department provides funding support to these centres of excellence:

Australian Ballet SchoolExternal link (Southbank, Victoria)
The Australian Ballet School (ABS) provides full-time training of the highest standard for young people seeking a career in classical dance.

Australian Film Television and Radio SchoolExternal link (AFTRS)
AFTRS is Australia's premier national training institution for the screen and broadcast industries. The school is focused nurturing and launching the careers of the next generation of Australian screen story tellers and audio visual practitioners.

Australian National Academy of MusicExternal link (South Melbourne, Victoria)
The Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) provides young musicians aspiring to national and international careers, particularly as solo artists, with performance training at the highest level.

Australian Youth OrchestraExternal link (Sydney, NSW)
The Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) has a long history of training exceptionally gifted and dedicated young musicians from their early secondary years up to their early twenties.

Flying Fruit Fly CircusExternal link (Albury, NSW)
The Flying Fruit Fly Circus (FFFC) provides high quality circus training for primary and secondary school students and tours professional standard contemporary circus performances.

NAISDA Dance CollegeExternal link (Mt Penang, Gosford, NSW)
The National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) Dance College provides Indigenous youth with the opportunity to undertake contemporary and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance training.

National Institute of Circus ArtsExternal link ( Prahran, Victoria)
The National Institute of Circus Art (NICA) delivers innovative and high quality training that prepares students for national and international careers in the circus arts and physical theatre industry.

National Institute of Dramatic ArtExternal link (Kensington, NSW)
The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) trains exceptionally gifted young people for careers in theatre, film and television, as actors, directors, designers and production/technical staff.

The Australian Roundtable for Arts Training ExcellenceExternal link members are considered the elite training institute in their field - offering intensive professional training with close links to the sector, exceptional facilities and high-quality student intake.