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Diploma in Screen Business Management

1.  About the Diploma in Screen Business Management

Build your skill set in a broad range of business fundamentals so that you can offer effective business solutions for production companies, screen content practitioners and independent producers.

You will gain a coherent understanding of the key issues involved in setting up and managing a screen content business. By exploring a range of business models, principles of budgeting and financing, and strategic planning.

You will develop an appreciation of why successful screen content production goes beyond project-by-project slates and why the best outcomes are achieved by establishing and maintaining viable businesses.

Delivered across one semester through online delivery, on-campus workshop and video conference sessions, this course offers a flexible delivery to allow people to maintain employment while studying.

If you are interested in developing your capacities in the areas of strategic planning, finance fundamentals, negotiation skills, risk management and financial modelling, this course offers the skill set and learning experiences you require.

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 Screen Business Management 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 Diploma in Screen Business Management is being offered for the first time in 2018.

7.  Where to get further information

Application requirements are available here.


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