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.  

AFTRS’ Masters is highly regarded by the industry both in Australia and globally. Graduates have won or been nominated for a slate of awards and have a track record of appointment into senior positions at major production houses, broadcasters and national and state screen bodies such as Matchbox Pictures, Essential Media, Channel 7,  Channel Ten, SBS, Screen Australia and Create NSW.

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.  

Ten disciplines are offered in 2018: Animation, Cinematography, Directing, Documentary, Editing, Music, Producing, Production Design, Screenwriting and Sound.  


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

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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.