SUMMER INTENSIVES

Film, TV & Radio Short Courses

Learn new skills and invest in your future at the Australian Film Television and Radio School with our intensive courses. All courses are taught by industry professionals and include: Three Week Film School plus 5-day screenwriting, radio and TV & radio presenting intensives.

Download the Summer Intensives brochure.

Got a question?  Contact us: open@aftrs.edu.au / 1300 065 281

Three Week Film School

Are you looking to fast track your filmmaking skills and get an opportunity to use professional equipment and studios? Are you looking to collaborate with other emerging filmmakers and add to your portfolio? Three Week Film School is your chance to immerse yourself in all areas of film studies and filmmaking. This intensive course will feature practical exercises along with classroom study and screenings, culminating in making a short film with professional actors in the AFTRS studios.

'Awesome! All resources have been excellent and the industry professionals we have had masterclasses with have been so generous and inspiring. I really feel so privileged and excited about my first step into filmmaking. This is great!'

Monday 27 November - Friday 15 December 2017

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TV & Radio Presenting Intensive

Develop your own on-air persona and learn skills to develop your career in the media. This course combines AFTRS Open’s regular ‘Introduction to TV Presenting’ and ‘Announcing and Presentation’ courses plus a day of our ‘Voice Over’ course into one intensive week. You’ll receive practical tuition in on-camera presenting skills including writing your own scripts, conducting interviews on camera, voice over skills for TV and radio, announcing skills, working with autocue and developing your own unique presenting style.

“I learned so much and pushed myself on challenging my comfort zones - it has reignited my drive and desire to take my passions to the next level.”

Monday 27 November - Friday 1 December 2017

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MULTIPLATFORM STORY AND DESIGN INTENSIVE

Are you interested in creating meaningful digital experiences that connect with audience? The current digital media landscape covers a wide range of media formats and platforms, so content creators need to be able to access and engage their audiences in their natural digital habitats. So you need to know who your users/audience are, where they are, what they are viewing, and how they are interacting long before you start producing!

Over this five day intensive you’ll develop a digital “product” or project through to a finished prototype.

"Wonderful course and excellent tutor. Kate’s knowledge, style and delivery were all very engaging. I also really loved the focus and merging of storytelling with digital content production."

Monday 27 November - Friday 1 December 2017

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PODCASTING INTENSIVE

This hands-on practical five day intensive, will take you from idea to finished podcast pilot and give you the skills and ideas to move forward in whatever genre you are interested in.

The first two days of the course will be devoted to practical hands-on instruction. Then participants will have the opportunity to chose from a sub genre "brand" and work with mentors to complete their first podcast pilot and make a series plan.

Monday 4 - Friday 8 December 2017

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VIDEOMAKING 101

Do you - or your staff - want to shoot, edit and upload your own short videos for your corporate website, social media marketing or just for your own interest? Then this course is for you.

'Best Course ever. Great Practical lessons. So much is translatable to my work!'

Monday 4 - Friday 8 December or

Monday 29 January - Friday 2 February

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Short Film Screenwriting Intensive

Write a completed short film script in just five days! Learn from Tropfest winner and Palme d’Or nominee Jonathan Ogilvie and inspiring guest speakers how to take your stories from initial idea through treatment and draft stage, to a finished, polished script ready to be pitched. Story structure, theme, character, roadblocks, arcs, tension, conflict and resolution will be explored as they are used in filmmaking through fast paced lectures and workshops.

"A thoughtfully constructed course with brilliant, knowledgeable tutors…I learned a lot."

Monday 8 - Friday 12 January 2018

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TV Editing Intensive

This ten-day intensive course (delivered over two consecutive weeks) will combine technical training in the use of Avid Media Composer, the non-linear film/video editing application used extensively in most movie and television productions, and also includes an introduction to the creative art of editing for television and practical, hands-on exercises.

“Fantastic course. I felt that the lecturer not only knew her stuff, but also cared about the class. She explained things in a way that made complex ideas accessible, and dealt with a large variety of student backgrounds and experience levels. Above all else, she made the course fun. I will be recommending this course to interested students of my own.”

Monday 8 - Friday 19 January 2018

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Writing for TV Intensive

Do you have a great idea for a TV show but need help taking your idea to the next level? Learn the fundamentals of creating viable and original TV drama or comedy series concepts, including working in a team writing environment, in this five-day intensive course. You will learn about: the process of concept creation from idea inception to concept presentation, the structure of a TV series, how to run multiple storylines, how to structure a 5 act episode, how to create a written pitch, writing as part of a team and much more!

"This course completely exceeded my expectations. I loved it! I felt the course covered a lot of content and am feeling like I learnt a lot of knowledge I can apply in the real world."

Monday 15 - Friday 19 January 2018

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TV Shooter Producer Intensive

Anyone entering the TV industry now needs to be able to “do it all”. It’s essential to be able to use a camera competently and this five-day course will give you the confidence and skills to say “I can do that”. This is a five-day version of our popular TV Shooter/Producer course, and includes lighting tuition and more location practical.

'Hands on, learnt everything I wanted to and more... It was brilliant!’

Monday 15 - Friday 19 January 2018

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Filmmaking Intensive

In this five day filmmaking intensive, you'll get busy in the AFTRS state-of-the-art studio and take a short film script from page to screen. You’ll get hands-on experience operating HD cameras, attending production meetings, and working with professional picture & sound editors all while collaborating to create, light, shoot and - most important - finish a short film. At week’s end, students are encouraged to invite family & friends to our AFTRS Open Summer School 'Graduation' Screening.

"The course was great. The facilities and lecturers were fantastic. The facilities were the top of the line"

Monday 15 - Friday 19 January 2018

Monday 5 - Friday 9 February 2018

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Radio Intensive

Develop your own on-air persona and learn skills to develop your career in the media. This course combines AFTRS Open’s regular ‘Introduction to TV Presenting’ and ‘Announcing and Presentation’ courses plus a day of our ‘Voice Over’ course into one intensive week. You’ll receive practical tuition in on-camera presenting skills including writing your own scripts, conducting interviews on camera, voice over skills for TV and radio, announcing skills, working with autocue and developing your own unique presenting style.

“I learned so much and pushed myself on challenging my comfort zones - it has reignited my drive and desire to take my passions to the next level.”

Monday 15 - Friday 19 January 2018

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SCREEN BUSINESS INTENSIVE

This 5-day intensive workshop will teach you the fundamentals of setting up and building a sustainable creative business. The practical knowledge provided in this screen business program is vital for start-ups, established businesses and creative practitioners looking to enhance their business knowledge. Over the course of 5-days you will gain practical insights into the fundamentals of building a creative business from the ground up.

Monday 15 - Friday 19 January 2018

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Digital Producer Intensive

This five-day intensive led by senior Digital Producer Lynette Reeves (The Project Factory) uses classroom lectures and real world practical team exercises to give you the inside scoop on how Digital Producers create, manage and update multimedia content for websites, social media, mobile applications, interactive media and other digital products. 

“I thoroughly enjoyed this course. As someone who has some experience in this field, the content covered everything you needed to know to be a Digital Producer - at the highest level.”

Monday 29 January - Friday 2 February 2018

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TV WRITERS ROOM INTENSIVE

Step inside the Writer’s Room and learn from one of Australia’s most experienced and beloved television screenwriter/producers, Jane Allen (Janet King, Cleverman) and respected writer/developer, Jessica Redenbach (Spirited, Rush) in a professional environment simulating a TV Writer’s Room. Over the course of a week in a stimulating and rewarding environment through a series of guided exercises you will be given a practical experience of how to work in a team writing environment and learn skills required to succeed as a professional television writer.

Monday 29 January - Friday 2 February 2018

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Feature Documentary Intensive

Looking to get serious about your feature length documentary idea? Looking for constructive feedback and practical exercises to get you started the correct, industry standard way? AFI nominated producer Dylan Blowen (The Snowman, A Northern Town) will guide you from concept to pitch, with lectures, peer reviews and practical exercises to guide your feature documentary (60 min+) idea to the cusp of pre production.

"Course was well structured yet flexible enough that we were able to spend more time on those things that were of particular interest to the class. Brilliant course and tutor  - would highly recommend."

Monday 5 - Friday 9 February 2018

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PROP MAKING & SCENIC ART INTENSIVE

Learn the practical skills required for Scenic Art/ Set Finishing Techniques and Prop Making for film or television productions in this five day intensive in our state-of-the-art staging workshop and studio.

"This course was sensational and a wonderful experience for me. I thoroughly enjoyed it and returned home every night totally exhausted. Thats what you call intensive! The lecturers were extremely talented and inspiring, and most helpful to each of us in our individual projects."

Monday 5 - Friday 9 February 2018

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NARRATIVE COMEDY INTENSIVE: TIM FERGUSON

In this five-day Intensive, one of Australia’s most successful comedians unlocks the code to comedy writing. Tim Ferguson (Doug Anthony All Stars,Shock Jock, Spin Out) offers processes and insights necessary for professional screenwriters to expand their skills base into writing comedy for television and film, including situation comedy, sketch, short films and features.

"So many lightbulb moments, I had to put on sunglasses. This course is revolutionary - a whole new way to look at comedy."

Monday 5 - Friday 9 February 2018

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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.