Our education programs support the Australian Curriculum and offer an engaging learning experience. School groups can explore Australia’s social, cultural and technological history through film and sound.

Book now for the NFSA's fully facilitated education programs.



School screenings

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Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Session times

9.00 am, 10.15 am, 11.30 am, 1.00 pm, 2.15 pm, 3.30 pm


60 minutes, fully facilitated (teacher must attend)


Discounts are available for combined and off-peak activities – ask our booking staff for more information.

Facilitated Education Programs: $7 per participant
School/Group Screenings: $8 per participant

Minimum booking rates apply: please see our NFSA Education Booking Terms & Conditions for further details.

(Please note that any existing Education bookings reserved at earlier prices will be honoured at those prices.)

Adult / child supervision ratio

1:20 minimum
(FoC up to 1:10)

Bookings and further information

Please email us at education [at] nfsa.gov.au

Phone: 1800 067 274 (toll-free within Australia) or (02) 6248 2000

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Primary and secondary sources

Largely clips and discussion – suitable for a wide range of audiences, especially upper primary/lower secondary students.

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From across the NFSA’s vast and varied collection, we draw on news, interview and documentary, movies and advertising to interrogate techniques in storytelling and to separate fact from fiction. We look at where and how we get our information and why it matters: to understand the way media captures and shapes our history and our evolving Australian identity.


Indigenous representation on screen

Largely clips and discussion – recommended for older or advanced audiences, mid-secondary upwards.


The First Australians’ recognition by, and role in, society has been mirrored in their representation on screen. 

We look at important and iconic roles for Indigenous Australians in the cinema industry and talk about the progression of Australian social and cultural history.


Sound out of the box

Largely technology, activities and discussion – suitable for most audiences, especially recommended for upper primary students.


From wax cylinders, through vinyl and tape, right into the digital age, we discuss and discover how sound technology has developed over the course of the 20th Century and beyond, and look at how this evolution has changed the way we consume and contribute to the recording and broadcast of sound.


Unlocking advertising

Largely clips and discussion – suitable for most audiences.

Jacki Weaver, smiling and holding a box of 'Rice Krinkles', featuring her face on the front. In the box, Jacqui is seen eating the product.


Ranging from the captivating to the bizarre, we track the shifts in Australian popular attitudes and journey through some of the cleverer, funnier and more surprising offerings in our remarkable advertising history. We also reveal the tricks and traps that make advertising dangerous and delightful.


Lamplight to LED

Includes activities, technology, clips and discussion – suitable for a wide range of audiences.


See how science and film have shaped each other and illuminate what we see (or think we see) on screen. We investigate the technology and biology of vision and illusion. We'll go back to optical mechanisms employed long before electronic – or even electric – media, tracing them through to our new digital technologies.


Australia at war

Largely clips and discussion – recommended for older or advanced audiences, mid secondary upwards.


From the documentary that won Australia its first Oscar to the movies that have shaped the Anzac legend, join us as we take you through a century of representations of Australians at war with material drawn from the NFSA collection.



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School Screenings


In addition to daytime education programs, we also offer movie screenings that can be booked in advance for schools (and other groups) travelling to Canberra.

Our schedule of films changes but you can get information about the titles currently available by contacting us using the details listed below.

Sessions are offered throughout the year at 5.00 pm and 7.00 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, or by arrangement with us. All screenings take place at the NFSA in Canberra.  

Tickets are generally priced at $8 per student, with supervising adults free of charge. Groups booking more than one activity are eligible for a discount, though minimum booking rates and NFSA Education booking terms and conditions apply (see PDF below).

All films offered as part of this program are either fully or partly Australian productions, and have strong connections with our national history and culture, the NFSA collection and, in some cases, with the building itself!

Most are G or PG rated to suit all audiences. Occasionally, some (for senior students) carry an M rating, but all listings are clearly labelled with this information (so you can choose the screening most appropriate for your group).

All our movies have curriculum-linked classroom support resources that are offered to every group attending at no additional cost, so teachers, parents, students and all viewers get the most out of the screening.

While we do not provide food for these sessions, arrangements can be made for students to eat while visiting. If you are interested in including this option in your booking, please speak to one of our front of house staff about arrangements. Schools opting to eat at the NFSA should note that it is their responsibility to clear mess and take any rubbish away with them when leaving the theatre. Ushers on the evening can help with information about this.

If you would like to know more about the films we screen or book a session with us, please get in touch at education [at] nfsa.gov.au or call us on (02) 6248 2000.

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More Information


Discounts are available for combined and off-peak education programs – ask our booking staff for more information.

> Download Education booking terms and conditions 2017

> Download Risk Assessment for NFSA Education Programs 2016-17

> Download Venue Safety Information for School Excursions

> Download Certificate of Currency 2017-2018

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