Student Handbook



Admission to all AFTRS award courses is determined on the basis of competitive merit selection process, which may require the completion of application tasks, meeting specified education levels and complying with any other regulatory requirements.

Applicants to AFTRS introductory programs may enrol directly, given the submission of certified proof of citizenship/residency and subject to course minimum and capped numbers.

Entry to AFTRS award and introductory courses is open to Australian and New Zealand citizens, Australian permanent residents, and holders of Australian Permanent Humanitarian Visas only. All applicants are required to submit a certified copy of their proof of residency/citizenship on application.


Applicants are expected to behave respectfully and in accordance with AFTRS Charter and Code of Conduct in their interactions with the School and treat fellow applicants, current students, and AFTRS staff with courtesy.

You are required to accept Terms and Conditions when you submit your application, including a declaration that your application is not misleading and that the work you have submitted is your own. AFTRS may use plagiarism detection software to check the originality of submissions.

If you are found to have violated the Applicant Terms and Conditions, penalties will apply. If application misconduct related to your application is discovered after enrolment, the School reserves the right to exclude you from your course of study or revoke your qualification.


Decisions of the Admissions Committee can only be appealed on the grounds of procedural error or undeclared conflict of interest. The outcome of the administrative review is determined by the AFTRS Chief Executive Officer.


If you are found to meet course entry requirements but are unsuccessful in gaining a first-round offer for a course, you may be placed on a waitlist for that program. Places will be offered to applicants on the waitlist as they become available, according to the ranking established by the course Selection Panel.


If you have been offered a place in the Bachelor of Arts Screen – Production or the Graduate Diploma in Radio, you can defer the commencement of your study by one year if you have a compelling reason why you cannot take up your offer immediately. Offers for other award courses at AFTRS cannot be deferred.


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.