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National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)

National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)

February – March 2021

About National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)

Founded in 1958 as Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art, NIDA is both Australia’s pre-eminent performing arts educator, and one of the most globally respected brands in its field. NIDA’s unparalleled practice-based learning, connections to industry and culture of innovation have produced some of the world’s most influential and in-demand storytellers across stage, screen and beyond. NIDA’s goal is to empower storytellers of all ages and backgrounds, wherever they may be. NIDA is the heart of an increasingly connected Australian performing arts ecosystem.

Project brief

Oppida was commissioned to create a custom-built stylesheet for NIDA’s learning management system and to deliver a series of hands-on workshops to showcase the new stylesheet and its practical use. As part of the stylesheet development, Oppida was invited to design custom home pages to satisfy the needs of various divisions of NIDA. 

Project challenge 

One of the core challenges of this project was the short timeframes to meet for designing a custom stylesheet that addressed the needs of all NIDA divisions and met overall business goals. 

Oppida’s customised solution 

Oppida utilised design thinking methodology to achieve the highest quality outcomes for NIDA. To begin with, Oppida conducted a thorough consultation with key stakeholders across all divisions to gain complete clarity on business objectives and target audience needs. From there, Oppida created a prototype and continued to iterate. As a result, the custom editable course stylesheet significantly improved the learning experience. In addition, it enabled NIDA to execute frequent and efficient course updates across all divisions without needing HTML training. 

Oppida ran a series of workshops to showcase the stylesheet benefits, supporting NIDA with a learning management system (LMS) transition and a speedy transition to the new stylesheet while educating NIDA staff on best practice learning design.


“We engaged Oppida to help us with the style guide design and set up. Oppida assisted us in every step of the way including staff consultation and post implementation support. One thing that stood out about Oppida is their attention to detail and creative approach.”

- Prasad Pinnamaneni, Project and Business Analyst

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