Student Handbook



Regular in-class or online attendance is an essential part of practice-based learning, and central to engaging in respectful collaborative practice.

Attendance is compulsory and will be monitored on an ongoing basis. You are required to attend a minimum of 80% of all timetabled sessions for each subject, including lectures, inductions, workshops, seminars and tutorials.

If you are unable to attend a session as timetabled, you are required to notify the Student Centre and your lecturer/tutor in advance either by phone or by emailing

If your course of study includes online study, regular engagement and participation through Moodle is required and will be monitored too

Sustained unauthorised absence from any course, including persistent lateness or failure to engage in online activities, will be considered grounds for inclusion on the At Risk Register, and if absences continue this may be considered grounds for exclusion from your course of study (see Section 7.3: At Risk and Show Cause). You will be notified by email to your AFTRS email about any issues with your attendance or engagement.

All timetabled teaching sessions commence promptly at the time they are scheduled to begin. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late for class, you may be recorded as absent and in some circumstances may not be permitted to participate in class activities. Attempts to falsify attendance records will be treated as misconduct. Ongoing absence from class without notice may affect the ability of other students to achieve their learning outcomes and will be considered misconduct.

3.1.1 Leave for Industry Experience

In some circumstances, students may be approved to be absent from studies for longer than 20% of total course time, if they are pursuing significant professional opportunities. Applications must be received at least one week prior to the planned absence, by submission of a Leave for Industry Experience Request form to your Couse Leader. This form is available from the Student Centre or the AFTRS website.

Your application must identify how the proposed opportunity meets the following two professional practice eligibility criteria:

The proposed activity constitutes a unique opportunity that can only be undertaken during semester dates.
The proposed activity is with established industry professionals. Absence will not be approved for students intending to undertake work on other student productions (regardless of course level) or to work on independent creative projects that could be scheduled at another time.

To have leave approved, you must also provide details of how you plan to meet assessment requirements while away from the School (by the due date via the submission method specified in your Course Outline). Extensions to assignment dates will be authorised for students only in exceptional circumstances and will be on a case-by-case basis.  

In most circumstances, the maximum approved leave period will be no more than four weeks and the Course Leader will consider your academic performance to date when making their determination. The decision of the Course Leader regarding the application will be final.

If you undertake leave for approved industry experience any additional absences during that semester (excluding documented medical leave and absence due to compelling or compassionate circumstances) may be subject to additional scrutiny.

You may only apply for one approved leave period per year.

If you are unable to attend classes for a period of time longer than one third of the learning and teaching activities in subject or course in a semester, you may be advised to withdraw from the program or take a leave of absence – depending on the course and your academic performance to date.


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.