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.


Game Masters exhibition – special programs

Other programs

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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

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

Program details

See below for information about Primary and Secondary Sources, Indigenous Representation on Screen, Sound Out of the Box, Unlocking Advertising, Lamplight to LED and Australia at War.

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Game Masters – Special Programs


The NFSA is becoming Australia’s biggest video game arcade with Game Masters: The Exhibition, open from 27 September 2019 – 9 March 2020.

Colourful graphic featuring Sonic the Hedgehog

Featuring the world’s greatest designers, characters, and more than 100 playable games, Game Masters is an interactive journey through five decades of video game history and a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of video game development.

Video games create social connections, develop important life skills, provide entertainment and contribute to our wellbeing. Video game development encourages creativity, self-expression and proficiency with technology.

Australia is at the forefront of digital and our animators, special effects artists and video game developers are some of the best in the world. Discover, and be inspired by, the incredible world of video games with one of our curriculum-linked education programs.

These programs are only offered for the duration of the exhibition; contact us now to make a booking as sessions are filling up fast.

Only have 60 minutes?

Level-up your understanding of the moving image with our Game Masters Education Program. This facilitated program explores how the moving image works before guided game time in the exhibition.

>> 60 minutes, $10 per student, supervising adults free.

Have more time? Grab our Expansion Pack!

Discover how animation has evolved from magic lanterns to blockbuster video games with our Frames and Games Education Program. In the first half of this facilitated program, participants will follow the progression of animation in Australia before extended and guided game time in the exhibition.

>> 90-120 minutes, $12 per student, supervising adults free.

Become a Game Master

Be inspired by some of the world’s favourite video games, then start making your own! Take a tour of the exhibition and book a hands-on workshop with the Academy of Interactive Entertainment and learn the principles of 3D character animation or how to create a 3D game.

>> $22 per student, supervising adults free.

Tour: National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra. 30-60 minutes.

Workshop: Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide. Workshops can be held at an AIE Campus or nearby classroom – please contact us to discuss! 60-120 minutes.

Let’s Play!

We’ll hand you the keys and the world of video games is yours to explore. Although this program is unfacilitated, we’ll provide an introduction and some teachers’ notes.

>> 60 minutes, $12 per student, supervising adults free.

Session Times

Tuesdays and Wednesdays – 9:00am, 10:15am, 11:30am 1:00pm, 2:15pm, 3:30pm

Additional Let’s Play Session Times

Tuesdays and Wednesdays – 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm


For bookings, please contact education [at] nfsa.gov.au or (02) 6248 2000.

Facilitated Programs Duration Cost
Game Masters Education Program 60 mins $10 per student
Frames and Games Education Program 90 - 120 mins $12 per student
Game Masters Tour + AIE Workshop 60 mins + 60 -120 mins $22 per student
Unfacilitated Visit
Let’s Play: Game Masters 60 mins $12 per student


















Education Partner: Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE)

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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.

RCA Microphone


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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More Information


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

> Download Education Bookings Terms and Conditions 2018–19

> Download Venue Safety and Risk Assessment for Education Visits 2018–19

> Download Certificate of Currency 2019–20

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