Course Location
Sydney On-Campus
2017 Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production
Undergraduate (AQF Level 7)
Delivery Mode
3 year course - 6 semesters (96) weeks. Per year 2 semesters (32 weeks). Start Date: Feb 27 2017.
Course Fee
$39,000 ($13,000 per annum) **
Compulsory on campus Orientation week commencing Monday February 20. Further details will be provided post-enrolment.
Attendance Pattern
Full-time on campus at AFTRS, Moore Park, Sydney (see Indicative Timetable for more details).

This information is about the 2017 course. Applications for 2018 open on 1 July 2017. Register for updates.


The AFTRS Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production is designed for people with a passion for storytelling and a commitment to a career in the screen industries. We’re eager to work with students from a diverse range of backgrounds who are imaginative, collaborative and keen to develop their voice as Australian storytellers.

As a graduate of the AFTRS Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production, you’ll be able to enter the creative industries with a wide range of knowledge and skills and an adaptable, forward-looking approach that puts you at the forefront of industry innovation and practice.

The industry is looking for multi-skilled screen storytellers who are comfortable in all of the key creative roles and are able to produce content across platforms. In response to this, AFTRS’ BA Screen is split into six interrelated pillars of screen storytelling: story, image, sound, performance, rhythm & juxtaposition, and business & production.
As a BA Screen student, you’ll blend theory and practice to explore ideas before experimenting with them in your own work. Your knowledge and skills will be combined in a number of hands-on productions, which have been developed in consultation with industry partners. You’ll also use a range of equipment to create original content that engages and excites audiences.


The AFTRS BA Screen is merit selected, based on a portfolio of work, no ATAR required.


For details of help to pay for your fees, please refer to the FEE-HELP website​


Equity and Indigenous Scholarships are available.


Foundation Diploma graduates from 2009-2014 are automatically accepted into the Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production and need only to register by providing their name and the date of graduation.


You are encouraged to acquire your own laptop for this course. However, laptops will be provided for all in-class exercises and productions for any student that do not have their own in order to enable them to pass the course.

The following are recommended specifications:

A laptop with the following minimum specifications will support the video production requirements for this course:

• Multicore 64-bit processor (I.e. Intel i5 or i7)
• 510GB HDD
• 1200x800 display
• Sound card (ASIO compatible, if windows computer)
• Either Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (64 bit), Windows 8 (64 bit), Windows 10, or Mac OS X 10.9 or higher

Contact our Student Centre:​ or 1300 131 461 or (02) 9805 6444 or Indigenous Unit​ ​ with any questions or to learn more about your study options.

** Changes in circumstances may impact upon the accuracy or currency of information. While AFTRS takes all due care to ensure that the information is accurate, it reserves the right to vary any information described here without notice.

Last updated 18 May 2017.


An indicative timetable is available here. More detailed information on pattern of attendance will be available shortly

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

1. Frameworks & Perspectives:

Make active and informed use of a range of key screen storytelling frameworks and perspectives to evaluate the relationship between historical and theoretical contexts and the development of their own screen stories.

2. Industry Forms & Practice:

Develop and execute industry-focused projects which take into account audience, commercial viability, and their place within the screen industries as well as the conventions, practices and processes involved.

3. Creativity:

Generate original form-appropriate ideas that demonstrate a clear creative vision and deep understanding of screen storytelling in order to engage an audience.

4. Business Acumen:

Devise strategies that identify and capitalise on opportunities across the screen industries, including enterprising and adaptive approaches to organising and managing a variety of business models.

5. Analysis:

Synthesise a range of critical, analytical and reflective approaches to resolve problems and enhance their own practice.

6. Cultural Competency:

Devise interventions that address the importance of social and cultural influences on the values, beliefs and behaviors of clients, colleagues and audiences.

7. People Skills:

Create positive, committed and collaborative approaches within professional environments by using a range of leadership, teamwork and communication skills.

8. Technology:

Determine appropriate, innovative technological strategies and solutions and integrate them with creative, operational and commercial considerations.

Admission Requirements

Places in this course are competitive and are based on merit selection. ​ Candidates are required to submit the following:

1. Personal Statement
By completing the attached form here​ or providing a video or audio recording.

2. Letter of Recommendation

3. Review of a Creative Piece

4. Creative Work


5. Explanatory Statement of Creative Work

(FILM and OTHER categories only).

For help and support in completing these tasks, please see our Application Guidance Notes​​

6. Highest Education Level and Proof of Residency
You also need to provide a certified copy​ of your highest education level and either your birth certificate or passport as detailed on the How and When to Apply​ page on the AFTRS website. Please use the link provided for information on how to certify documents.

Selection Criteria

Places in this course are competitive and are based on merit selection. The selection criteria are:

  • A commitment to a career in the creative industries and what it takes to get there.

  • Creative thinking in the form of storytelling.

  • A capacity for collaboration and teamwork.

  • An ability to produce and communicate thoughts and feelings about a piece of creative work.

  • A capacity for study.


The subject areas that make up the Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production are:
  • Story

  • Character & Performance

  • Image

  • Sound

  • Juxtaposition & Rhythm

  • Business & Production

Subjects are delivered in relation to Fiction Storytelling, Short Form, Non-Fiction, Episodic and Long Form Storytelling.


The Australian Film Television Radio and School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.