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Advanced Diploma in Editing: Reality Television

1.  About the Advanced Diploma in Editing: Reality Television

Strengthen your editing skills so that you can confidently enter the industry as an assistant editor with the knowhow to fast track your career progression within the post-production department.

In this practice-based course, you will build upon your existing practical experience of non-linear editing systems with the targeted application of Avid Media Composer software in non-scripted editing. You will deepen your understanding of editing principles, and build the skill and knowledge required to edit in this format. Plus, you will practice the skill of applying storytelling principles to edit unscripted, on screen events. In addition, you will develop and build your industry and professional knowledge including post-production processes and workflows, roles and responsibilities and compliance requirements, as well as the unique skills required when working as a freelancer or contractor.

Delivered across two semesters, through half-day Saturday and evening workshops each week, this course is a hands-on, practice-based program. The flexible delivery allows you to maintain employment while enhancing your specialised craft skills.

This course is for those who are interested in being able to confidently engage a variety of creative storytelling techniques for factual and/or short form television. You will develop knowledge of industry standards so that you can select, approach, organise and finesse material. Plus you will be given the opportunity for high level skill acquisition with Avid Media Composer so that you can complete a wide range of post-production processes, including assembly editing through to fine cut, as well as assistant editor processes.

2.  Essential requirements for admission

Applicants 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 (or other documentation relating to equivalence, if relevant).

Applicants must attempt and submit all specified application tasks. Incomplete applications will not be assessed.

3.  Student profile

Note: applications to the Advanced Diploma in Editing: Reality Television 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 Advanced Diploma in Editing: Reality Television was offered for the first time in 2018.

4.  Admission criteria

AFTRS does not assess ATAR. Admission determined through a process of merit-based selection on the basis the assessment of specific application tasks.

Tasks are assessed by a selection panel according to the following three selection criteria:

  • Evidence of a commitment to a career in the creative industries.
  • Evidence of original creative thinking.
  • Evidence of ability to complete complex tasks.

Admission is assessed on the same basis for applicants from all educational backgrounds: applicants with higher education study; applicants with vocational education and training; applicants with recent secondary education; and applicants with work and life experience.

5.  How to apply

Candidates apply directly to AFTRS through the online application portal. Manual application forms are available for students unable to complete an online application.

6.  Advanced standing/academic credit/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

AFTRS does not recognise prior learning, advanced standing or previous academic credit, except for where students 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.

7.  Where to get further information

Application requirements are available here.


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