Course Location
Sydney On-Campus
2018 Master of Arts Screen: Producing
Postgraduate (AQF Level 9)
Delivery Mode
2 year course - 4 semesters (64 weeks). Per year 2 semesters (32 weeks). Semester starts week commencing February 26, 2018
Course Fee
$24,720 per annum ($49,440 course fee)
Compulsory on campus Orientation week commencing Monday February 19, 2018. Further details will be provided post-enrolment.
Attendance Pattern
Full-time - 3 days face-to-face teaching with 2 days free to pursue individual projects or work.


Producing is about stories and the innovative and challenging ways in which they can be brought to the screen. In this intensive course, encompassing theoretical, practical, and strategic considerations in creative producing, you will hone your skills and sharpen your instincts in the development, financing, production and marketing of story ideas. You will be encouraged to explore your own ideas, to be original, and to experiment as an individual, and in cross-disciplinary collaboration with your colleagues, including directors, cinematographers, screenwriters, composers, editors, sound designers, animators and interactive media specialists.


Producing encompasses entrepreneurial, creative, financial, leadership and marketing skills with the intent to initiate, develop and produce intellectual property for the screen. With an emphasis on creative objectives, individuation and strategies for sustainability, students will work through a combination of theory, practice and critical analysis to hone their instincts, skills and knowledge across these areas. Through cross-disciplinary collaborative workshops and mentorships, students will be supported to be bold, take risks and experiment. They will refine a reflective practice that synthesises an understanding of their own creative perspective and knowledge of screen storytelling and that can empower and progress future practices and processes in screen culture. Industry practitioners will contribute to the course work program, providing insights into their practice

In your second year, you will embark upon a funded creative project using AFTRS’ extensive production facilities to realise your vision. You will learn to document and analyse your process through research workshops leading to a four-week professional placement at the end of your degree.


The MA Screen: Producing will provide working producers, intent on improving their leadership and developing their entrepreneurial and strategic creative skills, with an advanced, specific and practical education. Exploring contemporary financing, story development, and sustainable business and production models, you will be equipped to operate in a rapidly changing media landscape. Flexibility, entrepreneurship and a clear understanding of your ‘brand’ will enable you to produce stories across the available platforms, working with, or for, a variety of production entities.


The Master of Arts Screen is a hands-on transformative learning experience. The two year, full-time degree is designed to enable the future creative leaders of the industry and fast-track screen professionals into head of department positions.

Our rapidly changing, globalised screen industry demands that graduates can combine excellence in craft skills with a deep understanding of their voice. This course, available in 10 disciplines, offers shared subjects, deep discipline learning and cross-disciplinary projects to allow you develop this dynamic and multi-faceted skill-set. An ongoing cycle of practical collaborations enables you to hone your skills, apply creative thinking to real-world scenarios and develop life-long partnerships. The course culminates in a funded, major creative work.

The MA Screen is a unique program of professional development, training and mentorship.

Key features include:

  • taught by the Heads of Discipline, award winning Australian practitioners
  • industry-led collaborative exercises
  • facilities and funds to develop a portfolio of high level work
  • one-to-one mentorships with screen leaders
  • masterclasses with award-winning international guest speakers
  • unrivalled world-class production facilities
  • four week professional placement tailored to your goals
  • dedicated Masters collaborative working space
  • small class size - maximum of 6 places per discipline
  • three days face-to-face teaching with two days free to pursue individual projects or work
  • scholarships available
  • 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


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Course Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate and apply advanced knowledge of theory and practice as a professional and creative leader in their discipline.

  2. Critically evaluate and apply a deep understanding of cinematic storytelling to create audience-engaged work for the screen.

  3. Justify and implement a reflective creative practice that synthesises specialist knowledge, research and an understanding of personal process.

  4. Apply an adaptable skill set.

  5. Demonstrate an ability to lead, inspire and collaborate across diverse projects with a confidence in their creative voice and core value.

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.

2. Application Tasks

2.1 Script Coverage Report

Prepare a script coverage report for one of the following proposed projects (submit as PDF file):

Feature film - script provided here; or
Television series - script/bible here.

Your report is intended for a prospective and informed investor. It should cover the following aspects and be no more than 3-4 pages (PDF format) long:
  • Log line.
  • One Page Synopsis.
  • Review (no more than 200 words) This should include:
    • Comments - relating to the strengths and weaknesses of the story, structure, characters, premise, genre and suggesting an approach to the further development of the screenplay including suggestions to address the script’s weaknesses or enhancing its strengths.
    • Market - specifically identifying the scripts most viable audience or demographic, how it fits or could fit into the market place specifically as relates to the indicative budget and likely returns and which elements the script possesses that would make it an attractive proposition for the necessary creative people or companies in order to realise and finance it.
    • Pass/Consider/Recommend - indicate your conclusion as to the next step for this script/proposed series.
2.2 Market Place Report

Using the script above specifically identify its most viable audience or demographic, how it fits or could fit into the market place specifically as relates to the indicative budget and likely returns. Which elements the script possesses that would make it an attractive proposition for the necessary creative people or companies in order to finance it and bring it to an audience (submit as PDF file).

3. Audio-Visual Creative Statement

Make a 2 minute audio-visual work that presents who you are.

How do you express your ideas? What stories do you want to tell and why? How do you collaborate with other creative practitioners?

There is no set form here, you can record a piece to camera or make a work that expresses these ideas (submit as media file).

4. Creative Work

Submit a selection of works you have developed or made as a producer (this work can include a range of formats, including finished work, or treatments or outlines.) Your creative submission should demonstrate your best work. Be selective with your choices (submit as media file and /or PDF file).

5. Uploading your Documents and Media Files

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.

6. 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.

7. Proof of Citizenship/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:

  • Demonstrated experience or skills relevant to discipline.

  • A distinct creative perspective.

  • A proven capacity for leadership and collaboration.

  • A willingness and capacity to engage in critical thinking, reflection and research.


This program is delivered over four semesters. Semesters 1 and 2 have four subjects. Each semester is designed to lead you through a complete cycle of the creative process:

Semester 1 - Testing
Semester 2 - Developing
Semester 3 - Realising
Semester 4 - Reflecting

In Semester 1 and 2, you divide your time equally between specialist subjects and two shared subjects: Research and Development and Cinematic Storytelling. Research and Development challenges you to interrogate who you are as a practitioner, the creative choices you make and how these choices sit in a wider cultural context. You will develop and articulate a practice-based area of creative enquiry that will drive and focus your produced work over the MAS. In Cinematic Storytelling, you will hone your mastery of cinematic language, critically evaluating cinematic story ideas and techniques through seminars, screenings and practical exercises.

In Semester 3, you will bring together your course learning in Final Project. In making a single or collaborative work, you will address and explore your area of creative enquiry and synthesise your knowledge of cinematic storytelling and specialist craft skills. You will also refine your skill-set in collaboration, creative leadership, problem-solving and entrepreneurialism.

In Semester 4, you will participate in Reflection and Professional Practice. Reflection supports you to evaluate and present your course experience and new knowledge. In Professional Practice, you look outwards to industry, evaluating the adaptability of your skill-set in contemporary and emerging media landscapes.

The course concludes with you participating in a four-week industry attachment in your discipline.

The following subjects will be offered in the course:

Semester 1
1. Cinematic Storytelling A
2. Research and Development A
3. Discipline Specific - Practice A
4. Discipline Specific - Theory A

Semester 2
5. Cinematic Storytelling B
6. Research & Development B
7. Discipline Specific - Practice B
9. Discipline Specific - Theory B

Semester 3
10 Final Project

Semester 4
11. Professional Practice
12. Reflection


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