Course Location
Sydney On-Campus
Qualification
2018 Graduate Certificate Screen: Directing
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
2 evenings a week on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6-9pm plus weekends - plus 12 Saturdays over the year (see Indicative Timetable for more details)

APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN EXTENDED TO MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY OCTOBER 23, 2017

Story is at the heart of creative and screen business practice. Invest in your Graduate Certificate to contribute to shaping our culture through storytelling.

Develop, extend and discover your voice as a cinematic storyteller and deepen your professional knowledge, skills and practices in screen directing.

This course will enhance your creative and technical skills in a practice-based learning environment. You will gain insight into three key facets of directing - storytelling structures, cinematic principles and performance. And you will explore how these are used to engage audiences effectively.

In a series of workshops, you will:

  • develop fluency in constructing a complex and layered story;
  • investigate mise-en-scène and genre conventions;
  • interrogate the dimensions of cinematic storytelling;
  • evaluate conceptual approaches to script analysis and a range of directing techniques with actors in rehearsal and on set;
  • acquire leadership, communication and collaborative skills relevant to the role of a director; and
  • initiate, plan and pre-visualise a short dramatic project that demonstrates conceptual exploration of visual and symbolic language.

Your work will culminate in the synthesis of these elements in your development of a short screen project.

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.

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

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

Graduate Certificate Screen: Directing is a part-time postgraduate course, which is delivered across two semesters, on evenings and/or 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:

  • emerging screen directors with a commitment to deepening their knowledge and skills in directing;
  • established screen directors who want to elevate their practice;
  • practitioners transitioning from other professions (theatre directors, professional actors, first assistant directors etc); and
  • higher education graduates looking for the next step in their career path.

WHY DO THIS COURSE?

Undertaking this course provides you with the opportunity to graduate having honed your creative voice as a storyteller and established a rigorous professional working practice as a director. Graduates leave with a test scene or short screen project to use as a calling card for future work and/or development; and have found a network of key collaborators.

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 FEE-HELP 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: DIRECTING

Semester 1

Directing 1:
Evening classes over a 16 week semester - on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9pm - plus 2 Saturdays.

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

Directing 2:
Evening classes over a 16 week semester - on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9pm - plus 2 Saturdays.
In Weeks 13 and 14 students will shoot test scenes and will be required to crew peer projects.

Collaborative Practice 2:
4 Saturdays per semester (dates to be confirmed) 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. Identify and evaluate key principles and creative techniques employed in storytelling and cinematic language.
  2. Initiate, plan and pre-visualise a short dramatic project that demonstrates conceptual exploration of visual and symbolic language.
  3. Develop and apply an approach to interpret text and work with key collaborators.
  4. Appraise performances and apply knowledge of various acting techniques to facilitate creation of complex and credible characters.
  5. Apply communication and collaborative skills relevant to the role of a director.
  6. Synthesise understanding of story, cinematic language and performance to realise screen content.
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. Prerequisities

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​.

2. Application Tasks

2.1 Personal Statement Video Essay - “About me, without me”

Using sound and images, submit a 1 minute video essay about yourself, but in which you do not appear. We are looking for a sense of who you are as a creative cinematic storyteller and what you want to say to an audience.

2.2. Why you want to do the course?

Tell us why you want to do the course, what your strengths are as a director and what you hope to develop further through undertaking the course at this point in your career.

You can submit your statement in one of the following ways:

  • in written form of no more than 200 words (submit as PDF file) or

  • audio-visual form of no more that 2 minutes (submit as media file).

2.3. Creative Dialogue Scene

Based on your passions and interests as a storyteller, write a scene between two characters where the conflict between the two results in an emotional or psychological change (ie the transformative moment) in the relationship. The scene is to be no longer than 3 pages in industry format (submit as PDF file).

3. Creative Work

Provide your creative work of screen content in any form less than 15 minutes which has been directed by you (submit as media file).

Your creative work should demonstrate your talent, potential and experience for this course. Be selective with your choices; we want your best work where you were the sole director. We are more interested in ideas and execution than production value.

Clearly outline your role on the work submitted in your portfolio (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 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.

6. 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 creative point of view or voice.

  • Evidence of storytelling ability for the screen.

  • Demonstrated ability to engage an audience.

Subjects

Subject 1: Directing 1

Three key topics - Story, Cinematic Language and Performance - will be taught in Semester 1.

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: Directing 2

The three key topics in Semester 1 - Story, Cinematic Language and Performance - will be deepened and applied to the development of a Short Project package.

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.