Admissions Transparency

1.  About the Australian Film, Television and Radio School

Located in the Entertainment Quarter at Moore Park, AFTRS is Australia's national screen arts and broadcast school. It was established in 1973 as federal statutory authority by the Australian Film, Television and Radio School Act. As a statutory body it also operates under the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997. AFTRS provides industry-based training across a range of screen disciplines as a higher education provider, and operates as a centre for screen industry research and professional development.

At the undergraduate level, AFTRS offers the Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production, a comprehensive three-year degree program intended to prepare students for careers as screen content creators and serve as a pathway to specialist postgraduate study; and also a number of discipline-specific diploma and advanced diploma programs designed to prepare graduates for employment in entry-level screen industry roles.

For the 2018 intake, the following application closing dates apply:

 

Application Closing Date

Enrolment Deadline

Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production

3 October, 2017

22 January, 2018

Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Introductory Courses

1 December, 2017

22 January, 2018

Postgraduate Programs

16 October, 2017

22 January, 2018

Campus location

The Australian Film, Television and Radio School

Building 130,

The Entertainment Quarter,

Moore Park, NSW, 2021

Enquiries:

Contact the Student Centre

In person: ground floor, opposite reception (8.30am - 5pm weekdays)

Phone: (02) 9805 6444

Email: studentinfo@aftrs.edu.au

2.  Admission Criteria

Admission to undergraduate courses is determined on the basis of the same application tasks whether the applicant’s educational background includes previous higher education study, vocational education and training, secondary schooling or work and life experience.

a) Applicants with Higher Education study

Admission to all AFTRS award courses is determined on the basis of merit selection. Applicants are required to complete one or more application tasks relevant to the area of study. Applicants must attempt and submit all specified application tasks; incomplete applications will not be assessed.

Applicants to undergraduate courses (at diploma, advanced diploma, or bachelor level) must submit a certified copy of their highest educational qualification.

b) Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

Admission to all AFTRS award courses is determined on the basis of merit selection. Applicants are required to complete one or more application tasks relevant to the area of study. Applicants must attempt and submit all specified application tasks; incomplete applications will not be assessed.

Applicants to undergraduate courses (at diploma, advanced diploma, or bachelor level) are required to have completed a certificate of senior secondary education (or establish equivalence through other study and/or professional experience) by the commencement of the program and must submit a certified copy of their highest educational qualification.

c) Applicants with recent secondary education (school leavers within the past two years)

AFTRS does not assess ATAR. Admission to all AFTRS award courses is determined on the basis of merit selection. Applicants are required to complete one or more application tasks relevant to the area of study. Applicants must attempt and submit all specified application tasks; incomplete applications will not be assessed.

Applicants to undergraduate courses (at diploma, advanced diploma, or bachelor level) are required to have completed a certificate of senior secondary education (or establish equivalence through other study and/or professional experience) by the commencement of the program. Students completing their secondary education in the year of application must submit a certified copy of a document on official school stationary confirming their enrolment in the Higher School Certificate, International Baccalaureate, or equivalent qualification.

d) Applicants with work and life experience

Admission to all AFTRS award courses is determined on the basis of merit selection. Applicants are required to complete one or more application tasks relevant to the area of study. Applicants must attempt and submit all specified application tasks; incomplete applications will not be assessed.

Applicants to undergraduate courses (at diploma, advanced diploma, or bachelor level) are required to have completed a certificate of senior secondary education (or establish equivalence through other study and/or professional experience) by the commencement of the program. Applicants with work and life experience who have completed secondary education or vocational training should submit a certified copy of their highest educational qualification. Applicants with work or life experience who have not completed secondary education or vocational training should contact the Student Centre for information on what documentation is required to establish equivalence.

3.  Additional Information

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The AFTRS Indigenous Unit supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants and students, with a number of Indigenous Scholarships awarded to eligible candidates each year.

For entry to the Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production, a targeted admissions scheme is being implemented in 2018. Indigenous applicants who submit proof of Aboriginality with their application materials are eligible for a specified number of bonus points (determined each year in relation to overall score distribution) in addition their combined application score.

Domestic applicants with overseas qualifications

Domestic applicants who have completed their highest educational qualification overseas in a language other than English are required to submit a certified copy of both their qualification and an English translation by an accredited/certified translator.

English language proficiency

English language proficiency is assessed through review of required application tasks (and in some circumstances, by interview). Applicants with concerns about their level of English language proficiency are encouraged to contact the Student Centre to discuss their academic support requirements.

4.  How to apply

Candidates apply directly to AFTRS through the online application portal located on each course information page. Manual application forms are available for students unable to complete an online application.

5.  Enrolment

On receipt of an offer of a place in an award program, students are required to accept and enrol by January 22, 2018, and to pay their fees either upfront or by submission of an Electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form by January 31.

The offer of a place in the Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production can be deferred for one year only. Deferment is not available for offers of places in diploma and advanced diploma programs.

AFTRS does not recognise prior learning, advanced standing or previous academic credit, except for where credit is granted for students who have been previously enrolled in an equivalent program at AFTRS and successfully completed progression requirements for one or more semesters. This credit is granted at the discretion of the Director of Curriculum and Registrar.

6.  Student and Campus Services

The Student Centre provides support services including on- and off-site counselling, special consideration, disability support, assistance in locating accommodation and community legal services, registration for FEE-HELP and transport concessions, financial assistance and scholarships.

7.  Financial Assistance

Scholarships are available for targeted groups and programs. In 2018 these scholarships include:

  • AFTRS Equity Scholarships (Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production and Master of Arts Screen)
  • AFTRS Indigenous Scholarships (all programs)
  • The AFTRS & SBS Bilingual Radio Scholarship (Graduate Diploma in Radio)
  • The AFTRS & ABC Selwyn Speight Scholarship (Graduate Diploma in Radio)
  • Foxtel Diversity Screenwriting Scholarship (Master of Arts Screen: Screenwriting)
  • Virgin Australia Scholarship (Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production and Master of Arts Screen)

AFTRS also provides limited financial assistance for students experiencing severe or sudden financial hardship that may affect their ability to take up the offer of a place in a course of study, or continue a course of study.

8.  Student Profile

Note: applications to undergraduate programs are assessed entirely on the basis of submitted application materials, given that applicants have met the prerequisite of a senior secondary certificate of education (or equivalent) according to Australian Qualifications Framework recommendations for admission to undergraduate programs. The following table classifies undergraduate students on the basis of how enrolled students met this prerequisite.

Applicant Background

Semester 1, 2017

Number of Students

Percentage of all students

(A) Past higher education study (includes a bridging or enabling course)

121

49%

(B) Past vocational education and training (VET) study

16

6%

(C) Recent secondary education

i. Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR

ii. Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered

iii. Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor.

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

74

30%

(D) Work and life experience

36

15%

International students

N/A

N/A

All students

247

100%

Key:

L/N – Low numbers: the number of students is less than 5

N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cell with less than 5 students

N/A – Category not applicable (ATAR not assessed, applications not currently accepted from international students)

9.  Where to get further information

  • Individual Course Information Sets are available for each undergraduate program, you can also:

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.