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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.


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)


$5.50 per student (GST inc.)

Teacher / student ratio

FOC ratio 1:20

Bookings and further information

Please email us at education [at]



Primary and secondary sources

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


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.


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.



More information

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


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