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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.  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 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 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 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. 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

20%

(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

58

67%

(D) Work and life experience

L/N

N/P

International students

N/A

N/A

All students

86

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 and guidance notes 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.