Admissions Transparency

Diploma in Camera


1.  About the Diploma in Camera

Learn the craft of cinematography. Develop your ability to confidently capture quality picture and sound across a range of shooting requirements.

In this course, you will develop the skillset to become an adaptive storyteller; one who can create stories for different formats, genres and contexts.

You will learn how to make editorial decisions as a solo operator, so that you can shoot material that will cut together in the edit. You will also develop vital familiarity with best practices in the industry so that you can make strategic choices in your career. All this forms part of the competencies required to become professionally ready to enter the camera departments on productions requiring crew with Shooter/Producer skill sets.

With a strong emphasis on craft and skills development, this course is delivered across one semester through practice-based workshops. The course is conducted on-campus, in the evenings, and on Saturdays, so that you have the flexibility to maintain your employment while studying.

This course is after hours, approximately 7.5 hours a week 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 Diploma in Camera 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)

13

62%

(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

L/N

N/P

International students

N/A

N/A

All students

21

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.