Course Location
Sydney On-Campus and Online
2018 Advanced Diploma in Production Sound
Undergraduate (AQF Level 6)
Delivery Mode
32 weeks / 2 semesters. Semester starts week commencing February 26, 2018
Course Fee
Compulsory on campus Orientation week commencing Monday February 19. Further details will be provided post-enrolment.
Attendance Pattern
Saturday workshop on campus at AFTRS, Moore Park, Sydney and a one week industry placement in semester 2.


Take your passion for production sound to the next level by gaining a strong set of craft skills in order to enter the film, television or media industry as a sound recordist and mixer, boom operator, sound assistant, or content creator.

You will be immersed in the practice of sound recording using industry standard technologies to gain proficiency in the specialised skills required to be a solo operator in scripted and unscripted production contexts.

A one-week placement will help you make industry connections, while gaining an understanding of the role of production sound in a professional setting.

Delivered across two semesters through Saturday workshops, supplemented with online learning, the flexible delivery of this course allows you to maintain employment while enhancing their specialised craft skills.


If you seek knowledge of industry best practice, and to gain specialised technical skills in sound production and problem solving, with the adaptability to work autonomously, this course will provide you with the key learning experience and skill sets you need to achieve your goals.


For details of help to pay for your fees, please refer to the Study Assist website​ .


To complete the course you will need access to:

  • A computer with an internet connection.​


Foundation Diploma graduates from 2009-2014 are automatically accepted into this course and need only to register by providing their name and the date of graduation. The link to register as a Foundation Diploma graduate is available here.

Foundation Diploma graduates have until December 1, 2017 to register. Further details will be provided about enrolment after that date.

Contact our Student Centre​ or call 1300 131 461 or (02) 9805 6444 with any questions or to learn more about your study options. You can also contact the Indigenous Unit​.

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 May 16, 2017

Photographer: David Vagg



Saturday workshops 9.00-5.00pm for 32 weeks across two semesters.

One week placement in semester 2, dates to be determined based on availability of industry placements and students.

Subjects in Semester 1: Production Sound Principles and Production Sound Skills.

Subjects in Semester 2: Production Sound Practice and Industry Placement.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate industry-standard sound production techniques and technologies.

  • Apply production sound craft skills in a variety of contexts.

  • Communicate effectively with collaborators.

  • Identify future career paths in industry.

Admission Requirements

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

Applicants are required to submit the following:

1. Prerequisite

Applicants need to demonstrate previous experience and will be selected by an assessment of combined industry experience and creative skills and/or screen education qualifications.

This experience can include but not be limited to:

  • Diploma in Sound (AFTRS);

  • Screen qualifications from another Higher Education provider including TAFE, a film school and/or university;

  • Previous relevant industry experience as an assistant editor or editor (paid or unpaid).

2. Application Task

2.1 Record a 30 second audio piece that provides insight into who you are. The audio piece should include sound bites that you have recorded (submit as MP3 or Wav file).

2.2 Prepare a personal statement outlining your previous experience and why you want to do this course. This statement can be a sound file (maximum 2 minutes - submit as MP3), or video file (maximum 2 minutes - submit as MP4) or written (maximum 300 words - submit as PDF).

3. Uploading your Documents and Media File

You will be able to upload your media file/s as part of the application process. Ensure you conform to the required file type and size specified as follows.

Each document has a maximum of 10MB in size, and 50MB for media file. Contact the Student Centre on (02) 9805 6444, if you having any problems in uploading your media file. Go to this link for information on media files.

4. Resume and Educational Qualifications

Provide a one-page list of your achievements, educational qualifications and work experience.

You must also provide a certified copy of your highest education level as detailed on the How and When to Apply page on the AFTRS website. Use the link provided for information on how to certify documents.

5. Proof of Residency

Ensure you submit a certified copy of your birth certificate or passport as detailed on the How and When to Apply page on the AFTRS website. 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:

  • Evidence of a commitment to a career in the creative industries

  • Evidence of original creative thinking.

  • Evidence of ability to complete complex tasks.


Subject 1: Production Sound Principles

This subject demonstrates the relationship between production sound theory and the practice of craft skills. Students will also gain an understanding of the role of sound in the larger production team.

Subject 2: Production Sound Skills

This subject provides specialised training in technical skills relating to sound recording, boom operating, wireless technologies, and equipment maintenance.

Subject 3: Production Sound Practice

This subject exposes students to a range of contexts where they will devise and implement sound production plans both collaboratively and independently. These diverse contexts may include fiction, non-fiction, reality TV, sound reinforcement, music recording, etc.

Subject 4: Industry Placement

This subject immerses students in an industry environment to gain an understanding of industry expectations and opportunities.


The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and 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.