Course Location
Sydney On-Campus
2018 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 26 2018
Course Fee
$13,296 per annum ($39,888 course fee)
Compulsory on campus Orientation week commencing Monday February 19. Further details will be provided post-enrolment.
Attendance Pattern
Full-time on campus at AFTRS, Moore Park, Sydney (see Indicative Timetable for more details).



FEE-HELP Available.

Screen stories are changing the world. From YouTube, to Netflix to global cinema releases, they are shaping the way we think, feel and engage. Never before has there been such demand and opportunity for screen content and the BA Screen: Production aims to give you the knowledge and skills to seize that opportunity to create stories that are powerful, unique and Australian.

The course 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 screen storytellers.

The industry is looking for multi-skilled content creators 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, character & performance, rhythm & juxtaposition and screen business.

As a BA Screen student, you’ll combine theory and practice to explore ideas through your own practice. Your knowledge and skills will then be combined in a number of hands-on productions, which have been developed in consultation with industry partners to create original content that engages and excites audiences.

As a graduate of the AFTRS Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production, you’ll be ready 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. Examples include: entry level jobs in the screen, media and creative industries including support roles in production and post-production companies and on film productions; screen entrepreneurs; YouTube creators and in-house video content producers.


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. More information will be available shortly.


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.


You are encouraged to acquire your own laptop for this course. However, laptops can be provided for all in-class exercises and productions for any students who are unable to provide their own. Laptops are also available on long-term loan if financial hardship is demonstrated.

Minimum 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)
  • 8GB RAM
  • 512GB 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 10.10.5 or higher
  • Closed-back headphones
  • Standard external mouse
  • External hard drive is recommended for backup.

Recommended Specifications:
A laptop with the following recommended specifications will improve performance for video production, but is not essential:

  • Multicore 64-bit processor (I.e. Intel i5 or i7)
  • 16GB RAM
  • 512GB SSD
  • 1920x1080 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 10.10.5 or higher
  • Closed-back headphones
  • Standard external mouse
  • External hard drive is recommended for backup.

Course Equipment:
The following equipment will be utilised on this course.

  • Year One: Sony NX70, Canon 550D, Zoom H4n, Kino Diva Lite, Redhead, Dedolight (tungsten & LED).
  • Year Two: As above, plus Sony FS-5, LED Lightpanels, Tascam DR-70D, radio mics, grip equipment and studios.
  • Year Three: As above, plus access to the following facilities and equipment based on elective subjects; Easy-rig, Zeiss super-speeds, edit suites, recording studios and mix theatre.

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 June 5, 2017


The Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production runs three days a week with an additional structured independent study day, which usually requires attendance at school to complete assessment exercises. This equates to an average 18 hours of face-to-face time and 6 hours of independent study per week. ​
  • Year One of the course runs Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (independent study) and Friday.

  • Year Two of the course runs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (independent study) and Thursday.

  • Year Three of the course runs Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

An indicative timetable is available here​.

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 creative and interpersonal strategies that address the importance of social and cultural influences on the values, beliefs and behaviours 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. Craft Skills:
Synthesise well-developed screen storytelling craft skills with creative and resource considerations to generate engaging content.

Admission Requirements

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

Candidates are required to submit the following:

1. Your Story

In no more than 1000 words, or a 3 minute audio or video recording, tell us your story in two parts:
A.Tell us your story: who you are; what you love to do; your goals, experiences, and values.
B.Let us know a bit about what you have accomplished so far: include details of any activities, awards or achievements that demonstrate your abilities or commitment to creating screen content.

Submit by completing the attached form here​​ or uploading a video or audio recording.

2. Review of a Creative Piece

In no more than 500 words, review an Australian film, play, book, television series, painting, music or other significant work of art that has strongly resonated with you in a positive or negative way and, to some extent, tells us something about you.

3. Creative Work

Your submission should showcase your best work and demonstrate your ability to tell an engaging and imaginative story. You will not be judged on the technical proficiency of the work or the quality of the equipment you have used, but on your creative storytelling abilities.

Please submit your single best piece of work - submissions must not exceed the specified length limit and you should not submit multiple films, a showreel or extra material if your creative work is shorter than specified in these guidelines.

Refer to the guidance notes below for further information.

4. Letter of Recommendation

This letter can be written by anyone who can speak to your capacity for further study: it could be from a teacher or guidance counsellor, group leader, or someone who has supervised you on a project. Recommendations give selection panel members a sense of your unique capabilities, attributes, and accomplishments, and provide an opportunity for someone to advocate on your behalf.

5. Explanatory Statement of Creative Work

For still-image submissions only.

6. Application Guidance Notes

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

7. Higher School Certificate and Proof of Residency

We do not assess exam scores or ATAR rankings. However, all applicants must be due to complete their Higher School Certificate (or equivalent) by the start of the program.

Applicants are required to provide a certified copy​ ​ of one of the following:

• For applicants currently enrolled in high school: proof of enrolment in a senior secondary qualification you are due to complete this year (Higher School Certificate, International Baccalaureate, or equivalent).

• For applicants who have completed secondary school: a copy of your Higher School Certificate, International Baccalaureate, or, if applicable, tertiary or vocational qualification.

Applicants who believe they have achieved the learning outcomes of a senior secondary certificate of education through means other than formal schooling (such as professional experience) should contact the Student Centre to discuss required documentation.

Applicants must submit certified copies of the documents specified above and either 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:

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

  • Creative thinking in the form of storytelling.

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

  • A capacity for study.

The application assessment rubric is available here.


The subject areas that make up the Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production are:
  • Story
  • Character & Performance
  • Image
  • Sound
  • Juxtaposition & Rhythm
  • Screen Business
  • Production
Subjects are delivered in relation to Visual Storytelling, Short Form, Non-Fiction, Episodic and Long Form Storytelling.


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.