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2020 Master of Arts Screen: Documentary

'What Do You See' | Michael Bonner

Applications open:
10 Jul 2019

Applications close:
09 Dec 2019

Duration:
2 years full-time

Attendance:
Three days face-to-face per week

Domestic Fee:
$52,032 ($26,016 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

International Fee:
$104,064 ($52,032 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.

Become a creative leader in the global screen industry

The Master of Arts Screen: Documentary is a unique two-year graduate degree dedicated to forging the next generation of documentary filmmakers, focusing on visual storytelling, audience engagement and screen business.

The program has been designed to embrace the full gamut of the documentary spectrum, from short and long-form documentaries, television pilots, through to augmented reality and visual installations.

This intensive course is developed in conjunction with industry practitioners and has a focus on concrete opportunities to help you forge ahead in your career.

Is the 2020 Master of Arts Screen: Documentary right for you?

WHY DO THIS COURSE

In the Master of Arts Screen: Documentary you will develop cinematic storytelling skills whilst working in partnership with producers, cinematographers, editors, sound designers and composers to create world class graduate projects.

Through intensive practical workshops you will learn about visual storytelling and screen business, creating a proof-of-concept that will lead to the realisation of a funded major project in the second year. Alongside the practical streams, you will learn early documentary traditions through to the latest industry trends, helping you to contextualise your own creative practice in the industry.

AFTRS is committed to providing students with direct industry contact in multiple forms. This includes, but is not limited to, guest lecturers, networking opportunities and industry attachments.

The Master of Arts Screen: Documentary course will challenge you to critically engage and experiment in exploring, discovering and honing your own unique and distinctive creative voice.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

In the first year, you will learn the fundamentals of visual storytelling across the documentary spectrum. Working both on-location and in the studio, you will expand your understanding of all aspects of documentary production: from generating ideas to industry pitching, shooting to the creation of market-ready materials. In the second year, you will create and direct a funded major project film using AFTRS’ state-of-the-art production facilities.

During the course you will work in small cross-disciplinary groups to develop a deeper understanding of core screen principles and foster new industry collaborations. You will undertake a professional placement, which aims to support your transition into the industry upon graduation.

Throughout the course, you will be supported to consider who you are as a creative practitioner and develop an adaptable, creative skill-set and an entrepreneurial attitude. Learning to analyse your process through the development of a practice-based research project, you will understand how your practice is informed by the past and how to engage with contemporary screen culture and emerging trends in the industry.

Career opportunities

The Master of Arts Screen: Documentary will equip you with specialist knowledge and collaborative experience in documentary production, propelling you towards a creative leadership role in the global documentary industry. Industry practitioners will contribute to the coursework program, providing insights into their practice, and you will collaborate with your fellow students in small cross-disciplinary groups.

Many of our graduates have become leaders in the Australian documentary industry and gone on to secure significant roles at major production, both nationally and internationally. AFTRS documentary alumni include: Robert Nugent, End of the Rainbow (2007); Rebecca Barry, I Am A Girl (2013); Sascha Ettinger-Epstein, The Oasis (2008), The Pink House (2017); Madeleine Hetherton, The Surgery Ship (2017), Larissa Behrendt, After the Apology, (2017); Hollie Fifer, The Opposition. (2016).

Meet our Head of Documentary

Rich Welch

Rich Welch is an experienced documentary curator, filmmaker and lecturer. As Festival Co-Director of the Antenna Documentary Film Festival, Rich…

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You will learn to

Demonstrate advanced knowledge of theory and practice as a documentary professional.

Apply a deep understanding of cinematic storytelling to create audience-engaged work for the screen.

Implement a creative practice that synthesises specialist knowledge and an understanding of personal process.

Apply an adaptable skill-set.

Demonstrate an ability to collaborate across diverse projects.

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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.

Admission requirements

Places in this course are competitive and are based on merit selection. You should have a passion for storytelling, documentary and either:

experience and/or training in documentary or a media related discipline (such as media, journalism, photography or visual art installation) OR

already be working in the field and wish to take the next step in your creative career by building on your existing skills whilst working towards your own creative project.

1. PREREQUISITES

Applicants to postgraduate programs are required to hold a relevant undergraduate degree at bachelor level, or to have completed equivalent work experience and/or training.

2. SELECTION CRITERIA

Demonstrated experience or related skills relevant to discipline (such as media, journalism photography or visual arts)

Creative engagement and critical thinking through documentary, and its role in wider society

A distinct creative and visual perspective.

A capacity for leadership and collaboration

3. RESUME AND EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

Provide a one-page list of your achievements, educational qualifications and work experience. You must also provide a certified copy of your highest education level.

4. PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP/RESIDENCY

Ensure you submit a certified copy of your birth certificate or passport.

Application tasks

1. ONE-PAGE OUTLINE FOR A FILM

Submit a one-line and one-page outline for an ambitious and unique documentary that would be feasible to develop through the Master of Arts Screen: Documentary (submit as PDF). You are encouraged to consider who the audience would be for your film and what distribution platform (theatrical, SVOD, Online etc) would best support reaching them.

2. DOCUMENTARY REVIEW

Write a one-page review of a recent documentary that you have seen, critically engaging in the films processes, strengths and weaknesses. The film can be a short, online or feature documentary. (submit as PDF).

3. AUDIO-VISUAL CREATIVE STATEMENT

Create a 2-3 minute audio-visual work that presents who you are. How do you express your ideas? What stories do you want to tell and why? How do you collaborate with other creative practitioners? There is no set form here, you can record a piece to camera or make a work that expresses these ideas (submit as one media file).

4. CREATIVE WORK

Submit 1-2 examples of your best creative work that effectively demonstrates your creative point of view and technical craft skills. These can be documentary: fiction, photographic essays, visual installations or other digital and online forms (submit as one media file).

Clearly outline your role on all work submitted in your portfolio (submit as PDF file).

Fees and scholarships

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 Storytelling, Equity, and Indigenous Scholarships available.

Note: FEE-HELP and scholarships are available for eligible domestic students only.

International students

AFTRS welcomes international student applications into this course. You must be aware of your English language proficiency, visa conditions, health insurance and financial obligations you are required to meet as an overseas student.

Please refer to the International Students section for further information.

Admission requirements

International applicants must meet:
(a) the same academic admission requirements as domestic applicants, and
(b) a minimum English proficiency equivalent to an overall band score of 8.0 IELTS (exemption categories apply).

How to apply

To apply as an international student, there are several steps you will need to go through:

1. Admission requirements

Ensure that you meet the admission requirements above.

2. Obtain the application form

Contact the Student Centre on (02) 9805 6444 or studentinfo@aftrs.edu.au to discuss your intention to apply and ask for an international student application form to be sent to you. DO NOT use the ‘Apply Now’ button at the top of this page to apply online – this is for domestic students only.

3. Gather required documents

You must provide the required application documents when you submit your application. These documents include:
(a) all application tasks,
(b) resume,
as well as certified copies of your:
(c) highest educational qualification,
(d) passport, and
(e) English language proficiency test results.

Documents submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by a complete English translation made by an accredited translator.

4. Apply for the course

Send both your completed application form and the required documents back to the Student Centre prior to the closing date.

5. Wait for your offer

Assessment of your application will take place once the closing date has passed. You will be notified if further documents or additional information is required.
All international applicants who are considered for a place in the course will be required to attend an interview either in person (if already in Australia) or via online conference call (e.g. Skype).

6. Receive an offer

If your application is successful, you will receive an email with an Offer and Enrolment Guide comprising of:
1. Letter of Offer
2. How to accept your offer
3. How to pay your fees
4. How to obtain health cover
5. Enrolment information
6. Other related material

AFTRS also emails unsuccessful applicants.

7. Accept your offer

When you receive your Offer and Enrolment Guide, review your Letter of Offer and make sure all details are correct (including the exact spelling of your name). Accept your offer as per the instructions supplied.

8. Pay your fees and obtain health cover

Make arrangements to pay your fees and apply for Overseas Health Insurance Cover (OSHC). Provide a copy of your OSHC to the Student Centre.
You will then receive an email that confirms your enrolment, called a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).

9. Apply for a student visa

Apply for a student visa with the Department of Home Affairs. You will need to provide your OSHC & CoE as part of this application.

10. Receive student visa

Advise the Student Centre once you have been successful in obtaining a student visa. We will then send you additional information regarding commencing your enrolment in your course.

If you require assistance with any of the above steps, please contact the Student Centre on (02) 9805 6444 or studentinfo@aftrs.edu.au.

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.

Admission requirements

Places in this course are competitive and are based on merit selection. You should have a passion for storytelling, documentary and either:

experience and/or training in documentary or a media related discipline (such as media, journalism, photography or visual art installation) OR

already be working in the field and wish to take the next step in your creative career by building on your existing skills whilst working towards your own creative project.

1. PREREQUISITES

Applicants to postgraduate programs are required to hold a relevant undergraduate degree at bachelor level, or to have completed equivalent work experience and/or training.

2. SELECTION CRITERIA

Demonstrated experience or related skills relevant to discipline (such as media, journalism photography or visual arts)

Creative engagement and critical thinking through documentary, and its role in wider society

A distinct creative and visual perspective.

A capacity for leadership and collaboration

3. RESUME AND EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

Provide a one-page list of your achievements, educational qualifications and work experience. You must also provide a certified copy of your highest education level.

4. PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP/RESIDENCY

Ensure you submit a certified copy of your birth certificate or passport.

Application tasks

1. ONE-PAGE OUTLINE FOR A FILM

Submit a one-line and one-page outline for an ambitious and unique documentary that would be feasible to develop through the Master of Arts Screen: Documentary (submit as PDF). You are encouraged to consider who the audience would be for your film and what distribution platform (theatrical, SVOD, Online etc) would best support reaching them.

2. DOCUMENTARY REVIEW

Write a one-page review of a recent documentary that you have seen, critically engaging in the films processes, strengths and weaknesses. The film can be a short, online or feature documentary. (submit as PDF).

3. AUDIO-VISUAL CREATIVE STATEMENT

Create a 2-3 minute audio-visual work that presents who you are. How do you express your ideas? What stories do you want to tell and why? How do you collaborate with other creative practitioners? There is no set form here, you can record a piece to camera or make a work that expresses these ideas (submit as one media file).

4. CREATIVE WORK

Submit 1-2 examples of your best creative work that effectively demonstrates your creative point of view and technical craft skills. These can be documentary: fiction, photographic essays, visual installations or other digital and online forms (submit as one media file).

Clearly outline your role on all work submitted in your portfolio (submit as PDF file).

Fees and scholarships

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 Storytelling, Equity, and Indigenous Scholarships available.

Note: FEE-HELP and scholarships are available for eligible domestic students only.

International students

AFTRS welcomes international student applications into this course. You must be aware of your English language proficiency, visa conditions, health insurance and financial obligations you are required to meet as an overseas student.

Please refer to the International Students section for further information.

Admission requirements

International applicants must meet:
(a) the same academic admission requirements as domestic applicants, and
(b) a minimum English proficiency equivalent to an overall band score of 8.0 IELTS (exemption categories apply).

How to apply

To apply as an international student, there are several steps you will need to go through:

1. Admission requirements

Ensure that you meet the admission requirements above.

2. Obtain the application form

Contact the Student Centre on (02) 9805 6444 or studentinfo@aftrs.edu.au to discuss your intention to apply and ask for an international student application form to be sent to you. DO NOT use the ‘Apply Now’ button at the top of this page to apply online – this is for domestic students only.

3. Gather required documents

You must provide the required application documents when you submit your application. These documents include:
(a) all application tasks,
(b) resume,
as well as certified copies of your:
(c) highest educational qualification,
(d) passport, and
(e) English language proficiency test results.

Documents submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by a complete English translation made by an accredited translator.

4. Apply for the course

Send both your completed application form and the required documents back to the Student Centre prior to the closing date.

5. Wait for your offer

Assessment of your application will take place once the closing date has passed. You will be notified if further documents or additional information is required.
All international applicants who are considered for a place in the course will be required to attend an interview either in person (if already in Australia) or via online conference call (e.g. Skype).

6. Receive an offer

If your application is successful, you will receive an email with an Offer and Enrolment Guide comprising of:
1. Letter of Offer
2. How to accept your offer
3. How to pay your fees
4. How to obtain health cover
5. Enrolment information
6. Other related material

AFTRS also emails unsuccessful applicants.

7. Accept your offer

When you receive your Offer and Enrolment Guide, review your Letter of Offer and make sure all details are correct (including the exact spelling of your name). Accept your offer as per the instructions supplied.

8. Pay your fees and obtain health cover

Make arrangements to pay your fees and apply for Overseas Health Insurance Cover (OSHC). Provide a copy of your OSHC to the Student Centre.
You will then receive an email that confirms your enrolment, called a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).

9. Apply for a student visa

Apply for a student visa with the Department of Home Affairs. You will need to provide your OSHC & CoE as part of this application.

10. Receive student visa

Advise the Student Centre once you have been successful in obtaining a student visa. We will then send you additional information regarding commencing your enrolment in your course.

If you require assistance with any of the above steps, please contact the Student Centre on (02) 9805 6444 or studentinfo@aftrs.edu.au.

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.