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2020 Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production

Behind the scenes of 'Suburban Wildlife' | Dir. Imogen McCluskey | Photo: Chelsea Thistlewaite

Applications open:
10 Jul 2019

Applications close:
18 Nov 2019

Duration:
3 Years full-time

Attendance:
Three days face-to-face and one day independent study

Domestic Fee:
$43,920 ($14,640 p.a.)

The fee shown is the indicative course tuition fee, expressed as a both a total course cost and per annum cost. For more information, see fees and scholarships below.

FEE-HELP and scholarships available

Lead the next generation of content creators

Screen stories are changing the world. From YouTube to Netflix and global cinema releases, they are shaping the way we think and feel about the world around us. There has never been such demand for screen content, and the AFTRS Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production aims to give you the skills to seize this opportunity.

This course is full-time over three years, and is designed for students with a passion for creating stories that are powerful, unique and Australian. We’re eager to work with people from a diverse range of backgrounds who are imaginative, collaborative and keen to develop their voice as Australian storytellers.

AFTRS’ Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production has been developed in response to the needs of employers across the sector. The film, television and creative industries are looking for multi-skilled content creators who are comfortable working in a variety of key creative roles, and have the ability to produce content across platforms.

The course is split into seven interrelated pillars of screen storytelling – Story, Image, Sound, Character and Performance, Rhythm and Juxtaposition, Screen Business, and Production – each one designed to explore current industry practice.

As a Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production student, you will combine theory and practice to explore ideas through your own projects. During the course you will work on at least five productions and conduct regular mini-exercises.

Is the 2020 Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production right for you?

  • Become a multi-skilled screen storyteller with skills in all key creative roles
  • Gain hands-on screen production experience, working across platforms
  • Benefit from strong links to the screen and broadcast industries:
    • Courses are taught by current screen industry professionals
    • Work to production briefs from leading creative industry collaborators (these have included Jungle, CJZ, SBS Viceland and iHeartRadio)
  • Graduate industry-ready with opportunities for work placements
  • Develop networks working with students from a diverse range of backgrounds

Career opportunities

As a graduate of AFTRS’ Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production, you will have a broad skill-set and an adaptable, forward-looking approach that puts you at the forefront of industry innovation and practice. You will be prepared for entry-level jobs in the screen, media and creative industries.

Potential careers:

  • Entry level roles in production companies
  • Entry level roles in post-production companies
  • Screen entrepreneurs
  • In-house video content producers
  • YouTube creators

What you will learn

Find out more about the course subjects and structure.

Screen business

Explore the links between creative and business imperatives and discover how to market yourself to employers and audiences.

Story

Discover how stories operate across different platforms, and how to develop screenplays.

Image

Learn about different visual storytelling techniques and their impact on tone, story, character and structure.

Character and performance

Explore the concepts and skills involved in directing performances to enhance the impact of a story.

Rhythm and juxtaposition

Explore how stories are shaped in the edit and how cutting techniques are used to create meaning.

Sound

Investigate how sound can complement the moving image to captivate and engage audiences.

Screen studies

Investigate the history of style and form, genres, national cinema and movements, innovation and change.

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How to apply

To apply you will need to:

1. Answer all mandatory questions marked with an asterisk (*).

2. Upload supporting documentation, which includes certified copies of your:
a) Proof of citizenship/residency
b) Highest educational qualification

3. Upload specific application tasks relevant to the course for which you are applying.

4. Agree to the terms and conditions at the end of the application.

You do not have to complete your application in one sitting. Save your application and log back in at any time prior to the closing date to pick up where you left off.

When uploading application tasks that are media/video files, please be patient as this can take some time.

If you require assistance, please contact info@aftrs.edu.au or refer to the Application Guidance Notes.

Admission requirements

Places in this course are competitive and are based on merit selection.

1. Higher School Certificate and proof of citizenship/residency

We do not assess exam scores or ATAR rankings. However, all applicants must be due to complete their Higher School Certificate (or equivalent) by the start of the program.

Applicants are required to provide a certified copy of one of the following:

• For applicants currently enrolled in high school: proof of enrolment in a senior secondary qualification you are due to complete this year (Higher School Certificate, International Baccalaureate, or equivalent).
• For applicants who have completed secondary school: a copy of your Higher School Certificate, International Baccalaureate, or, if applicable, tertiary or vocational qualification.

Applicants who believe they have achieved the learning outcomes of a senior secondary certificate of education through means other than formal schooling (such as professional experience) should contact the Student Centre to discuss required documentation.

Applicants must submit certified copies of the documents specified above and either your birth certificate or passport.

2. Selection criteria

• A commitment to a career in the creative industries and what it takes to get there.
• Creative thinking in the form of storytelling.
• An ability to produce and communicate thoughts and feelings about a piece of creative work.
• A capacity for study.

Refer to the Application Rubric for more information.

Application tasks

For help and support in completing the following tasks, please see our Application Guidance Notes.

1. Your story

In no more than 1,000 words, or a 3 minute audio or video recording, tell us your story in two parts:

(a) Tell us your story: who you are; what you love to do; your goals, experiences, and values.
(b) Let us know a bit about what you have accomplished so far: include details of any activities, awards or achievements that demonstrate your abilities or commitment to creating screen content.

Submit by filling out and uploading the Your Story form, or uploading a video or audio recording.

2. Review of a creative piece

In 300 – 500 words or a 1 minute audio or video recording, review an Australian film, play, book, television series, painting, music or other significant work of art that has strongly resonated with you in a positive or negative way and, to some extent, tells us something about you.

3. Creative work

Your submission should showcase your best work and demonstrate your ability to tell an engaging and imaginative story. You will not be judged on the technical proficiency of the work or the quality of the equipment you have used, but on your creative storytelling abilities.

Submit your single best piece of work – submissions must not exceed the specified length limit and you should not submit multiple films, a showreel or extra material if your creative work is shorter than specified in the Application Guidance Notes.

For still-image submissions only, provide an explanatory statement, audio or video explaining how your piece helps tell a story.

Changes in circumstances may impact upon the accuracy or currency of information. While AFTRS takes all due care to ensure that the information is accurate, it reserves the right to vary any information described here without notice.

Fees and scholarships

FEES

The tuition fees shown above are the indicative course tuition fees, expressed as both a total course cost and per annum cost. They are reviewed each year and you are liable for the additional tuition costs if the tuition fees rise during the course of your enrolment.

FEE-HELP

This course is FEE-HELP approved. Refer to the Study Assist website for details.

SCHOLARSHIPS

AFTRS has Storytelling, Equity, Indigenous and UNHCR Beddie Scholarships available.

Student profile

The Student Profile table gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students who commenced in this course in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Laptop specifications

A laptop with the following recommended specifications will support the video production requirements for this course:

  • Multicore 64-bit processor (e.g. Intel i5 or i7l® Intel 6thGen or newer CPU – or AMD equivalent)
  • 16GB RAM (8GB RAM minimum)
  • 512GB SSD (512GB HDD minimum)
  • 1920×1080 display (1200×800 minimum)
  • Sound card (ASIO compatible, if windows computer)
  • Either Windows 10 64 Bit version 1809 or Mac OS 10.14.5 or higher
  • Closed-back headphones
  • GPU: 2 GB of GPU VRAM – (You can find the Recommended Graphics cards for Adobe Premiere here)
  • Standard external mouse
  • External hard drive is recommended for backup

Get Answers

How to apply

To apply you will need to:

1. Answer all mandatory questions marked with an asterisk (*).

2. Upload supporting documentation, which includes certified copies of your:
a) Proof of citizenship/residency
b) Highest educational qualification

3. Upload specific application tasks relevant to the course for which you are applying.

4. Agree to the terms and conditions at the end of the application.

You do not have to complete your application in one sitting. Save your application and log back in at any time prior to the closing date to pick up where you left off.

When uploading application tasks that are media/video files, please be patient as this can take some time.

If you require assistance, please contact info@aftrs.edu.au or refer to the Application Guidance Notes.

Admission requirements

Places in this course are competitive and are based on merit selection.

1. Higher School Certificate and proof of citizenship/residency

We do not assess exam scores or ATAR rankings. However, all applicants must be due to complete their Higher School Certificate (or equivalent) by the start of the program.

Applicants are required to provide a certified copy of one of the following:

• For applicants currently enrolled in high school: proof of enrolment in a senior secondary qualification you are due to complete this year (Higher School Certificate, International Baccalaureate, or equivalent).
• For applicants who have completed secondary school: a copy of your Higher School Certificate, International Baccalaureate, or, if applicable, tertiary or vocational qualification.

Applicants who believe they have achieved the learning outcomes of a senior secondary certificate of education through means other than formal schooling (such as professional experience) should contact the Student Centre to discuss required documentation.

Applicants must submit certified copies of the documents specified above and either your birth certificate or passport.

2. Selection criteria

• A commitment to a career in the creative industries and what it takes to get there.
• Creative thinking in the form of storytelling.
• An ability to produce and communicate thoughts and feelings about a piece of creative work.
• A capacity for study.

Refer to the Application Rubric for more information.

Application tasks

For help and support in completing the following tasks, please see our Application Guidance Notes.

1. Your story

In no more than 1,000 words, or a 3 minute audio or video recording, tell us your story in two parts:

(a) Tell us your story: who you are; what you love to do; your goals, experiences, and values.
(b) Let us know a bit about what you have accomplished so far: include details of any activities, awards or achievements that demonstrate your abilities or commitment to creating screen content.

Submit by filling out and uploading the Your Story form, or uploading a video or audio recording.

2. Review of a creative piece

In 300 – 500 words or a 1 minute audio or video recording, review an Australian film, play, book, television series, painting, music or other significant work of art that has strongly resonated with you in a positive or negative way and, to some extent, tells us something about you.

3. Creative work

Your submission should showcase your best work and demonstrate your ability to tell an engaging and imaginative story. You will not be judged on the technical proficiency of the work or the quality of the equipment you have used, but on your creative storytelling abilities.

Submit your single best piece of work – submissions must not exceed the specified length limit and you should not submit multiple films, a showreel or extra material if your creative work is shorter than specified in the Application Guidance Notes.

For still-image submissions only, provide an explanatory statement, audio or video explaining how your piece helps tell a story.

Changes in circumstances may impact upon the accuracy or currency of information. While AFTRS takes all due care to ensure that the information is accurate, it reserves the right to vary any information described here without notice.

Fees and scholarships

FEES

The tuition fees shown above are the indicative course tuition fees, expressed as both a total course cost and per annum cost. They are reviewed each year and you are liable for the additional tuition costs if the tuition fees rise during the course of your enrolment.

FEE-HELP

This course is FEE-HELP approved. Refer to the Study Assist website for details.

SCHOLARSHIPS

AFTRS has Storytelling, Equity, Indigenous and UNHCR Beddie Scholarships available.

Student profile

The Student Profile table gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students who commenced in this course in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Laptop specifications

A laptop with the following recommended specifications will support the video production requirements for this course:

  • Multicore 64-bit processor (e.g. Intel i5 or i7l® Intel 6thGen or newer CPU – or AMD equivalent)
  • 16GB RAM (8GB RAM minimum)
  • 512GB SSD (512GB HDD minimum)
  • 1920×1080 display (1200×800 minimum)
  • Sound card (ASIO compatible, if windows computer)
  • Either Windows 10 64 Bit version 1809 or Mac OS 10.14.5 or higher
  • Closed-back headphones
  • GPU: 2 GB of GPU VRAM – (You can find the Recommended Graphics cards for Adobe Premiere here)
  • Standard external mouse
  • External hard drive is recommended for backup

DISCLAIMER: Changes in circumstances may impact upon the accuracy or currency of information. While AFTRS takes all due care to ensure that the information is accurate, it reserves the right to vary any information described here without notice.