New fellowships to support NIDA Cultural Leadership course

31 July 2015

The Australian Government has announced $100,000 for fellowships to support the artists and creative professionals who will be the first student cohort for the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) Cultural Leadership graduate course.

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Cultural Leadership will offer opportunities for people from a range of creative backgrounds to address the issues of Australia's cultural and creative future within the context of global cultural policy and practice.

The MFA Cultural Leadership fellowships are supported through the Australian Government’s Arts and Cultural Development program and will provide for a number of fellowships, including a full fellowship for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student, and part-fellowships for up to seven additional students. Fellowship applications will be assessed against the NIDA selection criteria for the course and awarded following interview.

NIDA Director and Chief Executive Office Lynne Williams thanked the Government for this valuable support and said it was wonderful to be able to offer the fellowships in 2016, the inaugural year of the course.

"These fellowships will ensure that NIDA can offer places on the cultural leadership course to applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and support them financially to achieve their goals. We are looking for mid-career artists and practitioners from across performing and visual arts as well as those who work in a variety of arts and cultural organisations. We want to assemble a cohort of students who have the potential to be creative innovators and cultural entrepreneurs," Ms Williams said.

The MFA Cultural Leadership is the first in a suite of new graduate courses NIDA will be offering through the institute’s Graduate School opening in February 2016, and joins the already successful MFA Directing and MFA Writing for Performance courses.

NIDA is supported by the Australian Government as an elite national education and training institution for the dramatic arts. NIDA provides world-class higher education and vocational training, to prepare individuals for a range of professional careers in the arts and entertainment industry.

For more information visit the NIDA website.