Course Location
Sydney On-Campus
Qualification
2018 Graduate Certificate Screen: Creative Producing
Level
Postgraduate (AQF Level 8)
Delivery Mode
Part-time
Duration
32 weeks, 2 semesters. Semester starts week commencing February 26, 2018
Course Fee
$12,360
Orientation
Compulsory on campus Orientation week commencing Monday February 19, 2018. Further details will be provided post-enrolment.
Attendance Pattern
24 evenings – Thursdays 6-9pm – plus 6 x 3 day weekends (Friday and Sunday 9.30am to 5.30pm) plus 2 additional Sundays 9.30am to 5.30pm for the year (see Indicative Timetable for more details)

APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN EXTENDED TO MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY OCTOBER 23, 2017 Discover your storytelling voice as a creative producer and deepen your professional knowledge, skills and practices to produce narrative drama for film, television and multiplatform delivery.

Learn to navigate the territory between creativity and commerce. Develop a strategic mindset so that you can understand the complexities of intellectual property and finance to connect stories with audiences. Beyond the filmmaking, learn how to maintain optimum creative momentum on your projects, striking a balance between rigor and effectiveness.

In a practice-based learning environment, you will:
  • sharpen your analytical skills to develop stories across different platforms;
  • analyse the principles behind the production process for dramatic storytelling; and
  • evaluate and explore your individual leadership and communication style in order to lead creative teams effectively.
An essential component of this course is cross-disciplinary collaboration through which you will investigate different perspectives of cinematic storytelling and engage in collaborative exercises to build your network.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

The Graduate Certificate Screen: Creative Producing is a part-time postgraduate course, which is delivered across two semesters, on evenings, Fridays and weekends, at the AFTRS campus. The course is structured so that you can maintain your employment while you gain your qualification.

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

This course will appeal to:
  • mid-career producers up-skilling, deepening knowledge and skills in creative producing;
  • practitioners transitioning from other professions; and
  • higher education graduates looking for the next step in their career path.
WHY DO THIS COURSE

In the rapidly changing media landscape, producers with creative, business and entrepreneurial skills are in high demand.This course offers a pathway so you can meet this demand and go on to take a leading role in the future of the industry.

AFTRS has a long and successful history of postgraduate study. It is consistently rated as one of the top 15 film schools in the world by industry publication The Hollywood Reporter, the only Australian education institution on this list. AFTRS works closely with industry to ensure its courses are relevant and future-focused. Our graduates are sought after by industry across the country and around the world and have won and been nominated for a slate of Academy, Golden Globe, Emmy, BAFTA and AACTA awards. FEE-HELP APPROVED

For details of help to pay for your fees, please refer to the Study Assist website​
​​ 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 October 16, 2017

Timetable

INDICATIVE TIMETABLE: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE SCREEN: CREATIVE PRODUCING

Semester 1

Creative Producing 1:
12 evenings on Thursdays, 6-9pm
3 x 2 day weekends (i.e. 14 hours for the weekend). These days are scheduled on the Friday prior to and Sunday following the Collaborative Practice Saturdays. The hours for the weekends are 9.30am to 5.30pm.

Collaborative Practice 1:
4 Saturdays per semester from 9.30 to 5.30pm.
Currently scheduled on March 3, April 7, April 28 and May 26, 2018 from 9.30am to 5.30pm

Semester 2

Creative Producing 2:
12 evenings on Thursdays, 6-9pm
3 x 2 day weekends (i.e. 14 hours for the weekend). These days are scheduled on the Friday prior to and Sunday following the Collaborative Practice Saturdays. The hours for the weekends are 9.30am to 5.30pm.

Collaborative Practice 2:
4 Saturdays per semester from 9.30am to 5.30pm.

Disclaimer: Please note this indicative timetable is subject to change.

Course Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse the key characteristics of dramatic storytelling and how to apply those principles to develop and realise their creative objectives.

  2. Analyse audiences, platforms and distribution strategies.

  3. Apply leadership and communication approaches to a diverse range of situations.

  4. Apply production strategies and how they best serve their creative objectives.

  5. Evaluate and apply investment, financing and legal strategies.

Access to AFTRS equipment and facilities is determined by the specific requirements of the course learning outcomes.

Admission Requirements

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

1. Prerequisites

Applicants to postgraduate programs are required to hold a relevant undergraduate degree at bachelor level, or to have completed equivalent work experience and/or training. The typical duration of a bachelor degree is 3-4 years, and candidates applying by degree equivalence are required to demonstrate they have achieved corresponding learning outcomes by completing a similar volume of relevant work experience and/or training. If you wish to apply for admission to a postgraduate program by degree equivalence, please contact the Student Centre. Applicants must have at least one producing credit on a completed work that has been broadcast and/or selected for a festival and/or distributed on a social media platform.

2. Application Tasks

2.1 Personal Statement

Tell us what it is you think you need at this point in your career. You can submit in one of the following ways:
  • in written form of no more than 250 words (submit as PDF file); or

  • audio-visual form no longer than 3 minutes to camera (submit as media file).

2.2 Creative Leadership/Management

Select a challenging experience or incident in your career where you lead/managed a creative team and provide an analysis of your leadership, problem-solving and communication skills. Tell us how you succeeded or failed. You can submit in one of the following ways:

  • in written form of no more than 250 words (submit as PDF file); or

  • audio-visual form no longer than 3 minutes to camera (submit as media file).

2.3. Critical Analysis of Creative Work

Submit screen content of any form up to 10 minutes in which you played a significant role as a producer. Critically assess the submitted work articulating why you chose it, what you achieved, what worked well and what you would do differently next time. You can submit your critical assessment in one of the following ways:

  • in written form of no more than 250 words (submit as PDF file); or

  • audio-visual form no longer than 3 minutes to camera (submit as media file).

Your creative work should demonstrate your talent and potential. Be selective with your choice/s; we want your best work. Clearly outline your precise producing responsibilities in relation to submitted work (submit as PDF file).

4. Uploading your Documents and Media File

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

  • Written documents can be uploaded to the application portal and have a maximum of 10MB in size;
  • Media files under 50MB can be uploaded to the application portal;

When you are uploading your application in the AFTRS portal you will be able to upload PDF documents and some media files directly into the portal. Any media files larger than 50MB must be uploaded as follows:

  • Creative work must be uploaded to a dedicated, secure AFTRS Dropbox folder online. A hyperlink will be provided to you in an email when you complete the online application process.
  • Once you have uploaded your creative work to the Dropbox folder it will automatically be transferred into our database leaving the Dropbox empty. Do not upload the files again. Student Centre staff check all applications and will contact you if there are any files missing.

Go to this link​ if you need information on how to compress a media file.

5. 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 a document.

6. Proof of Residency

Please 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 a document.

Selection Criteria

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

  • Evidence of creative thinking.

  • Evidence of analytical ability.

  • Ability to evaluate leadership, collaboration and communication skills.

Subjects

Subject 1: Creative Producing 1

Four key topics taught in this semester - Story Structure, Intellectual Property, Finance Plans and Audience.

Subject 2: Collaborative Practice 1

Through a series of practical exercises you will examine cinematic storytelling and related practices through the lens of other disciplines; evaluate and reflect upon your own practice within screen arts; and apply your understanding of interdisciplinary collaborative work practices.

​Subject 3: Creative Producing 2

​Topics from Semester 1 - Story Structure, Intellectual Property, Finance Plans and Audience.- will be investigated in greater depth in Semester 2.

Subject 4: Collaborative Practice 2

​Developing your work in Semester 1, you will continue to demonstrate your capacity to create relationships between content, form and audiences in this interdisciplinary context.

Acknowledgement

The Australian Film Television Radio and 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.