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Advanced Diploma in Screenwriting: Feature Film


1.  About the Advanced Diploma in Screenwriting: Feature Film

Build the foundation of your screenwriting craft by exploring the theory and practice of dramatic storytelling.
You will extend yourself, creating memorable characters, writing engaging scenes and developing the story outline for a compelling feature-length drama.
Delivered across two semesters through a combination of online independent and collaborative learning activities, and supplemented with on campus workshops, this course offers the flexibility to allow you to maintain employment whilst studying.
This course is designed for those who aspire to a deep understanding of story and the relationship between character, plot, theme and structure. If you would like to develop your analytical, creative and technical writing skills, develop a feature length project outline, plus build your understanding of audience, this course will provide you with the key learning experiences to build these craft skills.
This course is after hours, approximately 7.5 hours a week (for 32 weeks) of course work with additional time for assessments and course related practice activities.


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.  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.


4.  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.


5.  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.


6.  Student Profile

Note: applications to the Advanced Diploma in Screenwriting – Feature Film 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 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)

17

65%

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

L/N

N/P

(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

L/N

N/P

(D) Work and life experience

6

23%

International students

N/A

N/A

All students

26

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)


7.  Where to get further information

Application requirements are available here.

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.