Education Programs

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.



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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 email us at education [at] 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]

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

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Highlights from the Collection

Preservationist holding film strip


Not sure where to start? Take a journey across time and through the NFSA collection to discover Australia’s social and cultural history. 

The NFSA collection holds more than 3 million works, including films, television and radio programs, videos, audio tapes, records, compact discs, phonograph cylinders and wire recordings.

It also encompasses documents and artefacts such as photographs, posters, lobby cards, publicity items, scripts, costumes, props, memorabilia, oral histories and vintage equipment.

This program can be tailored to the interests of teachers and students.

To pique your curiousity, have a look at 50 Wonderful Surprises, a selection of items from the NFSA collection.


Unlocking advertising

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.


Are you resistant to persuasive advertising? In this program we unlock how advertisements influence our decision and change our behavior.

From the captivating to the bizarre, students will discover the persuasive techniques used in iconic Australian advertainments as we investigate the key media literacy skills required to navigate our contemporary world.

This program is comprised of clips and discussion and is suitable for most audiences.

Explore Vintage Cinema, TV and Radio Advertisements to get the idea!


Primary and secondary sources

RCA Microphone


From across the NFSA’s vast and varied collection, we draw on news, interviews 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. 

This program is comprised of clips and discussion and is suitable for a wide range of audiences, especially upper primary/lower secondary students.

Explore a selection of newsreels from Cinesound Movietone and the Australasian Gazette.


Indigenous representation on screen


This award-winning program looks at the important and iconic roles that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples play in the screen industries.

Our educators create a safe cultural space for open dialogue on Indigenous cultures, contested histories and identity in contemporary Australian society. We do not shy away from the complex and challenging aspects of this important conversation. 

This program is comprised of clips and discussion and is recommended for older or advanced audiences, mid-secondary upwards.

Have a look at our First Australians curated collection before your visit.


Sound out of the box


From wax cylinders, through vinyl and tape and right into the digital age, we discuss and discover how sound technology has developed over the course of the 20th Century and beyond.

We look at how this evolution has changed the way we consume and contribute to the recording and broadcast of sound.

This program is comprised of a display of technology with activities and discussion and suitable for most audiences, especially recommended for upper primary students.

See some of the beautiful sound recording artefacts in Vintage Sound Equipment.


Lamplight to LED


Explore how science and film have shaped each other to 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 mechanism employed long before electronic – and even electric – media, through to new digital technologies. 

This program includes activities, technology, clips and discussion and is suitable for a wide range of audiences.

Learn about some of the earliest forms of projected images in The Magic of Glass before your visit.


Australia at war


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

This program is comprised of clips and discussion and is recommended for older or advanced audiences, mid-secondary upwards.

Explore Australia in the First World War in our Gallipoli Campaign curated collection.

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More Information

For current information regarding our COVID-safe plan and risk assessment for school bookings, please email education [at]

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

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