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This intensive Summer School course, runs over a two week period (10 days), is designed for young people aged 14 – 17 who are passionate about filmmaking and want to extend their knowledge and skills in a creatively stimulating environment.


With the guidance of industry professionals at every stage, students will try their hand at a variety of different roles – they’ll learn how to write scenes, direct sequences, understand camera and lighting and work collaboratively on creating a short film, which will be screened on the last day of the course..

This course covers:

  • Scriptwriting,

  • Art Direction & Set Design,

  • Performance for the screen and directing actors,

  • Cinematography,

  • Lighting,

  • Sound Effects,

  • Directing,

  • Editing (Using Adobe Premiere Pro),

  • Producing - what do they actually do?

They will hear from professionals in each craft area of the filmmaking process about what their roles involve and how they progressed their careers in the Australian industry. At the end of the course students family and friends will be invited to attend a screening of the group’s films in the AFTRS theatre.


"Staff were warm, friendly and did their jobs to the T. Extensive equipment to use, and use we did. All in all, fully accessible and used to potential."

“The course was great. I got quite a good insight into what makes a film.”

“A really excellent course. It was great having the industry professionals for the seminars. Gareth was a good lecturer.”

“Everything was brilliant. I got a full understanding of what the filmmaking experience was like. I hope to do more.”


This course is suitable for students who have attended our course The Real Filmmaking Workshop, or have a basic understanding of the filmmaking process.

Have any questions? Please get in touch: or 1300 065 281

***DISCLAIMER*** AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled a full refund of course fees will be provided. If a participant wishes to withdraw from a course, they may do so up to 15 days before the course commences and get a full refund. Cancellations 14 days or less before course commencement will incur a fee. For more information on AFTRS Open's policies, including refund policies, please see our policies page .


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.