Student Handbook


AFTRS believes that through a process of reflective practice and learning, students will be able to achieve an understanding of the key concepts of storytelling for the screen and for broadcast through the creative application of the latest industry approaches.

An approach of student-centred experiential learning forms the foundation of the School’s approach to career-focused education. Students learn through a cycle of experience, observation, conceptualisation and experimentation whilst being led, encouraged and informed by industry practitioner teachers. Teachers should act as experts in their subject, but also as guides or facilitators and where appropriate as co-creators with the student.

Finally, AFTRS believes that filmmaking education should be an authentic experience for our students, and one that encourages them to be creative and innovative practitioners within the context of current industry practice.


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.