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Honorary degrees and Fellows

Bridget Ikin, conferred an honorary Doctor of Arts degree by AFTRS in 2017.

AFTRS recognises the exceptional achievements of distinguished individuals, including industry practitioners, by conferring an honorary degree to successful recipients through a nominations process. The current degrees that may be awarded honorarily are Doctor of Arts and Master of Arts. AFTRS has also previously awarded Creative Fellowships and Indigenous Fellowships.

The recipients of AFTRS honorary degrees for 2022 are acclaimed cinematographer Mandy Walker, internationally renowned composer Nerida Tyson-Chew and highly respected radio journalist, the late Glenn Daniel. Ms Walker and Ms Tyson-Chew were awarded Doctor of Arts, Film and Television and Mr Daniel received a Master of Screen and Broadcast (posthumous) at AFTRS’ annual graduation ceremony.

PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

Doctor of Arts

Since 2015, AFTRS has conferred Doctor of Arts degrees, as an honorary degree, to those who have made an outstanding and career long contribution to the screen or broadcast industries locally, nationally or internationally.

Previous recipients:

  • 2015: Phillip Adams
  • 2016: Lester Bostock, David White
  • 2018: Bridget Ikin
  • 2019: Lynette Wallworth (Film and Television)
  • 2020: Cherie Romaro (Radio), Mitch Torres (Film and Television)

Master of Arts

Since 2002, AFTRS has conferred Master of Arts degrees, as an honorary degree, to those who have made a significant contribution to the screen or broadcast industries locally, nationally or internationally.

Previous recipients:

  • 2002: Jan Chapman, Don McAlpine, Freda Glynn
  • 2003: John Maynard
  • 2004: John Clark AM
  • 2005: Anthony Buckley
  • 2006: Ben Gannon
  • 2007: George Miller
  • 2008: Baz Luhrmann
  • 2010: John Doyle
  • 2011: John Edwards
  • 2012: Darren Dale
  • 2013: Philip Noyce

Creative Fellows

As part of AFTRS’ goal of developing and nurturing creative practitioners of outstanding calibre and exceptional talent, the AFTRS Creative Fellowship funds the development of innovative screen based works from emerging and experienced practitioners. The fund is currently not available.

Previous recipients:

  • 2010: Lynette Wallworth
  • 2011: Angelica Mesiti
  • 2011: Christopher Frey
  • 2013: Damien Power
  • 2013: Carl Firth
  • 2014: Melissa Anastassi
  • 2014: Amiel Courtin-Wilson
  • 2015: Sari Braithwaite

Indigenous Fellows

As part of AFTRS’ goal of developing and nurturing creative practitioners of outstanding calibre and exceptional talent, the AFTRS Indigenous Creative Fellowship funds the development of innovative screen based works from emerging or experienced practitioners, or organisations with a strong and adventurous project.

Previous recipients:

  • 2015: Rachel Perkins
  • 2006: Wayne Blair