Student Support

AFTRS provides a range of services and activities as part of its Student Support Program to help students achieve their goals while at the School.

Academic Support Program

Transitioning to higher education study - whether you are straight from high school, haven't studied in some years, or are enrolled in online courses - can be a challenging experience. We all have different learning experiences, skills and knowledge and it takes each person a different time to adjust to the excitement and challenges of the new.

AFTRS offers several types of Academic Support to all students:

  • Enrolled students have access to a Moodle course which contains a range of resources, including templates, videos, and self-quizzes, to help you assess and improve your skills. Look for the "Academic Support" page on Moodle.
  • If you want to develop your academic skills in essay writing, referencing, and research, or if you don't quite understand your assignments and what you need to do, the Education Division runs daytime workshops to help you improve your skills. For a current schedule please see the Academic Support page on Moodle.
  • One-to-One support is also available. If you are having persistent problems in your course, speak to your Subject Leader/Specialist Lecturer to work out a strategy. The Subject Leader/Specialist Lecturer may refer you for some one-to-one academic support with an Education Specialist.
Library Support

The AFTRS Library Website provides The Academic Writing Room which presents library resources to assist you in developing and refining your presentation and writing skills.

The Library provides students with a range of academic support including one-to-one and course group sessions on:

  • Correct citation referencing.
  • Research techniques for visual materials and texts.
  • Critical evaluation of information.
  • Tools for literature reviews.  
  • Copyright compliance issues.
  • Information skills training - database searching and catalogue training.

The AFTRS Library holds e-books and reference books that can assist you in developing and refining your academic skills.

Use your password and login to access e-books such as:

  • How to write better essays. Greetham Bryan
  • Writing at University: A guide for students. Lea, Mary R.; Creme, Phyllis
  • Write great essays. Levin, Peter
  • The complete guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism. Neville, Colin
  • Studying at a distance. Talbot, Christine.
Welfare Support


AFTRS has an agreement with the Associated Counsellors & Psychologists Sydney to provide free and confidential counselling to students. Students can self-refer.

Contact Associated Counsellors directly through the Central Booking Line on: 02 8205 0566, identifying yourself as a student of AFTRS.

Locations across the Sydney metropolitan area include: Bondi Junction, Surry Hills, Glebe, CBD and Gosford.

On-site counselling sessions are also available.

Phone: 02 9805 6444

Refer to website for more information:

Contact Student Centre if you require further information about counselling services.

Special Consideration

Special consideration recognises hardship or exceptional circumstances that may affect or has affected progress through your course of study.

Exceptional circumstances could include:

  • serious illness
  • loss or bereavement
  • hardship.

If your exceptional circumstances mean you cannot complete set assignments an application for special consideration can be lodged with the Student Centre Manager who will facilitate approval from the Director of the teaching division and communication to the Subject Leader/Specialist Lecturer.

Refer to:

Medical Condition

If you have a pre-existing or newly diagnosed medical condition that might impact your progress in your course of study please advise the Student Centre.

You will need to complete the Student Medical Condition/Disability Questionnaire form, available from the  Student Centre or in the forms for students section of the website.

For more detailed information please refer to the AFTRS Disability Policy and the Access and Equity Policy on the Student Policies page.

Image attribution: Still from AFTRS student film Driftwood Dustmites.
Written and directed by Malina Mackiewicz

Last updated March 2018.

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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.