NSD – Programmes and Eligibility
The National Institute of Drama offers a three-year training course in Dramatic Arts. In this course the candidates can do specialization in acting, direction and stagecraft. Diploma in Dramatics will be awarded to the candidates after the successful completion of this course. This Diploma is equivalent to any Postgraduate Degree so that the Diploma holder is eligible to apply for the post of teacher, lecturer, in school, colleges and universities. With the help of this Diploma, the candidates may also apply for PhD programmes. The Diploma of Dramatic Arts is recognized with the intention of providing employment in the Central Government. The candidates are required to have done specialization in Dramatics to get Government job.
The candidates have to complete following criteria for admission to NAD programme.
- The candidates must be proficient in English and Hindi
- Graduation in any discipline from a recognized university
- The candidates must have participated in minimum 6 plays or in any theatre allied activity.
- The candidates must not be less than 18 and more than 30 years old. However, there is age relaxation of five years for the candidates belonging to ST/SC categories.
There are total twenty seats available to students and out of these seats 4 seats are reserved for the candidates who belong to ST/SC categories. Nonetheless, the candidate will be preferred whose family has been traditionally related to performing acts. Foreign candidates are also allowed to take admission. One or two seats are available for them in a session. The foreign candidates are required to submit their application at the time of submission. They can put forward the application through Indian Embassy/High Commission to the Indian Council for Culture Relations. The candidates who are recommended by the ICCR will be given contemplation.