Onsite Education Programs – Update

Please note: the NFSA is currently not accepting bookings for Term 2. We are reviewing our existing programs and look forward to welcoming schools again in Term 3. Please contact education [at] nfsa.gov.au for further information.


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. Download the NFSA Schools COVID-Safe Plan 2022.

We also offer a FREE digital excursion to the NFSA: a fun introduction to our collection (30mins). Book here

Please note: some programs are eligible for the PACER scheme. Please contact education [at] nfsa.gov.au for more details.



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Session times

Mondays: 1.00pm, 2.15pm, 3.00pm

Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 9.00am, 10.15am, 11.30am, 1.00pm, 2.15pm, 3.30pm

Thursdays: 9.00am, 10.15am, 11.30am


60 minutes, fully facilitated (teacher must attend)


Facilitated Education Programs: $7 per participant

Minimum: 15 students / Maximum: 99 students

Please note: some programs are eligible for the PACER scheme. Please contact education [at] nfsa.gov.au for more details.

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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NEW: Australians & Hollywood Education Programs

Two girls wearing white broadbrimmed hats with a blue band


Get ready for the most exciting cultural experience of the year – the NFSA’s Australians & Hollywood exhibition! 

To complement our first original exhibition in 2 decades, we are offering 2 brand new education programs. These curriculum-aligned programs are only available in terms 1 and 2, 2022.  

Introducing film, story and character 

Be guided through iconic Australian films and explore film structure and character before you see the groundbreaking exhibition.  

We also provide an educational resource and in-exhibition activity sheet. 

Screen acting workshop 

We look at different texts and unlock their meaning using a range of drama techniques. 

Students will use acting exercises to step into the shoes of some of Australia's most iconic characters and also have the chance to perform on screen!

For more information visit our Australians & Hollywood Education Programs page.

Image: Courtesy Fremantle Australia

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NEW: Media and Me

Cartoon of a walking bean character


How is media influencing you?
What is a trustworthy source?
What techniques do filmmakers use to engage you in a story?
What does it mean to be a good online citizen?

And much more… 

From journalism to social media to advertising, this cutting-edge onsite program teaches students how to critically analyse media and safely navigate an increasingly digital world.

We look at storytelling through animation, advertising, gaming, social media, film and music and explore how media has evolved over time in its methods of influencing and persuading viewers. 

How do filmmakers use music to manipulate your emotions? Explore Australian Film Music and learn for yourself!

Please note: Media and Me is a PACER program.

For more on Media and Me and media literacy at the NFSA, visit our Media and Me page.

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New: First Nations stars and stories

Animation still of Little J and Big Cuz


Suitable for primary audiences, this program is a celebration of Indigenous filmmaking today and the ways First Nations stories on screen express Indigenous culture and history. Watch the latest animations including Wadu Matyidi in language and delve into the backstory of Little J and Big Cuz. Gain new appreciation for the resilience of Indigenous culture and the ability to create outstanding productions, even through adversity.

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

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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.

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Unlocking advertising

Jacki Weaver advertising Krinkles


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!

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Primary and secondary sources

Close up of an 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.

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Indigenous representation on screen

David Gulpilil dancing on a beach


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.

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Sound out of the box

Close up of a wax cylinder player


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.

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Lamplight to LED

Illustration advertising the Lanterna Magica


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.

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Australia at war

Three soldiers walking past a trench on a First World War battlefield


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 download our Schools COVID-Safe Plan 2022 or email education [at] nfsa.gov.au.

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

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