Admissions Transparency

Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production

1.  About the Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production

Screen stories are changing the world. From YouTube, to Netflix to global cinema releases, they are shaping the way we think, feel and engage. Never before has there been such demand and opportunity for screen content and the BA Screen: Production aims to give you the knowledge and skills to seize that opportunity to create stories that are powerful, unique and Australian.

The course is designed for people with a passion for storytelling and a commitment to a career in the screen industries. We’re eager to work with students from a diverse range of backgrounds who are imaginative, collaborative and keen to develop their voice as Australian screen storytellers.

The industry is looking for multi-skilled content creators who are comfortable in all of the key creative roles and are able to produce content across platforms. In response to this, AFTRS’ BA Screen is split into six interrelated pillars of screen storytelling: story, image, sound, character & performance, rhythm & juxtaposition and screen business.

As a BA Screen student, you’ll combine theory and practice to explore ideas through your own practice. Your knowledge and skills will then be combined in a number of hands-on productions, which have been developed in consultation with industry partners to create original content that engages and excites audiences.

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

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students who commenced in this course in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Note: applications to the Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production 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.

Applicant Background

Semester 1, 2018

Number of Students

Percentage of All Students

(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)



(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study



(C) Work and life experienceN/PN/P

(D) 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.







International students



All students




"<5" – The number of students is less than 5.
N/A – Students not accepted in this category. 
N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cell with less than 5 students.

4.  Admission criteria

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

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

  • A commitment to a career in the creative industries and what it takes to get there.
  • Creative thinking in the form of storytelling.
  • An ability to produce and communicate thoughts and feelings about a piece of creative work.
  • A capacity for study.

Admission is assessed on the same basis for all applicants, in all higher education courses, 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.

Further information on the admission criteria for each of the educational backgrounds above can be found in the general Admission Criteria section on the Admissions Transparency page.

5.  How to apply

Candidates apply directly to AFTRS through the online application portal, located on the Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production course page.

Additional information is available on the How & When To Apply page.

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

Further information about this course can be obtained by:

  • Visiting the Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production course page, which includes all course and admission requirements, as well as guidance notes.
  • Contacting the Student Centre by emailing or calling (02) 9805 6444.


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.