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2021 Master of Arts Screen: Business

Behind the scenes of ‘My First Panic’ | Dir. Michaela Holmes

Applications open:
30 Sep 2020

Applications close:
11 Dec 2020

Duration:
1 year full-time / 2 years part-time

Attendance:
Fully online or on campus study options

Domestic Fee:
$30,352

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

SUCCEED AS A LEADER IN THE SCREEN BUSINESS AND MEDIA SECTOR

Designed for a new generation of screen leaders, AFTRS’ Master of Arts Screen: Business is Australia’s foremost creative screen business course. For more than a decade it has accelerated the careers of screen media practitioners, from producers to developers, founders, creative arts managers and many, many screen sector entrepreneurs. It has driven the expansion and growth of new and existing IP, generated numerous sustainable start-ups, and led to the use and monetisation of new technology through highly developed creative screen business models.

AFTRS is an industry-facing institution, uniquely positioned to offer a balanced delivery of theory and real-world practice unparalleled in Australia. World-leading among film schools, AFTRS consistently ranking among the top fifteen film schools in the world, with its Master of Screen Business long acknowledged as one of the best postgraduate programs in contemporary screen business and creative leadership.

Importantly, as the industry develops and grows, so does the MASB, keeping pace with rapid changes in technology and screen business practice. It offers a compelling mix of in-depth research and intensive workshops into the benefits and opportunities to be found in a screen sector undergoing profound disruption. And, in 2021, the offer will be expanded to meet the growing demand for more flexible, nationwide delivery. Maximising choice and accessibility, the MASB will now be offered in both part-time and full-time modes, with teaching in face-to-face and online formats, with study patterns designed to be adaptable to individual student needs.

Is the 2021 Master of Arts Screen: Business right for you?

The Master of Arts Screen: Business is a transformational program designed for mid-career professionals from the screen media sector. It aspires to develop graduates who are visionary, highly skilled leaders and entrepreneurs able to enrich Australian culture, expand and grow the Australian screen media economy, build businesses and/or achieve high-level, sustainable careers in the dynamic, fast-moving, global screen media landscape.

Participants in the MASB come from all aspects of the screen media sector. Some seek to learn how to develop their own business, others to accelerate their career, others to transition and transform. This is a course aimed at understanding the screen media landscape and forming a strategy that takes where you to be. In classes, you will share knowledge on a peer-to-peer basis, forming lifelong relationships with key players across the sector and emerging with a fully realisable plan to take, perhaps, the most important step of your careers.

TELL ME ABOUT THE NEW STRUCTURE

Over a two-year, part-time, or one-year, full-time program of teaching, workshops, mentorships and sophisticated interaction with the screen media industries, graduates will emerge with high-level leadership, financial and technical skills, ready to engage with the screen media industry as highly skilled practitioners, entrepreneurs and leaders in their chosen field.

In preparing screen professionals for their future roles in the screen media sector, the course emphasises intensive, practice-based development and skills training, balanced with theoretical frameworks that equip students to think critically and evaluate the complex, real-world problems encountered when engaging with the global screen media market.

Students will gain core knowledge and skills in entrepreneurial leadership, collaboration and team management, financial management and modelling, strategic innovation, and the development processes and associated business planning modelling for content and project creation, from inception through to realisation. Throughout the course, there will be sustained, detailed research and analytical skills development and complex problem solving, directed at advanced analysis of existing and emerging screen technologies, and associated business opportunities.

While the course can be taken in flexible delivery modes, all students must begin with a prerequisite finance subject and end with a capstone project. Complemented by a subject drawn from a list of electives, the Capstone Project is a major, concluding piece of work undertaken by each student. It brings together the strands of Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Finance and is supported by research into area of expertise, and sophisticated skills in presentation techniques and report writing.

The two-year, part-time program is delivered over four semesters, each with two subjects, seven core, one elective, all delivered in face-to-face weekend intensives at the AFTRS Sydney campus. For those who elect to take the part-time course in its remote format, synchronous content is delivered in via a series of online workshops and lectures. The electives are designed to expand the international reach of the MASB, with modules such as the overseas intensive workshop, one of several designed for those who wish to engage in global screen business. Electives also deliver focussed teaching in creative arts management and development.

The one-year full-time program is delivered over two semesters, each with four subjects, identical to the part-time delivery.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

AFTRS’s Master of Arts Screen: Business is designed for the screen leader ready to engage with the unlimited potential of the media industries. Armed with a suite of financial and entrepreneurial skills, graduates of this course will create new businesses, lead creative teams in the public, creative arts and private sectors, and join a network of screen business alumni operating at the forefront of screen content around the globe.

AFTRS screen business alumni include Chloe Rickard, Partner and COO, Jungle Entertainment; Bridget Callow-Wright, Midwinter Films; Angela Bates, Development and Investment Manager, Screen Australia Indigenous Department; Sue Maslin, Producer; Matt Hancock, General Manager SBS On Demand; Nathan Anderson, COO and Executive Producer, Start Beyond; Peter Drinkwater, CEO of Screen Audience Research Australia (SARA); and Paul Wiegard, Co-founder and CEO, Madman Entertainment.

Meet Your Lecturers

Peter Herbert

A writer, producer and executive producer for a many national and international companies, among them Crawford Productions, PBL Productions, Taffner…

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Bridget Callow-Wright

Bridget is an award-winning screen producer with a focus on scripted narrative film and television. Bridget is the head of…

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Gerard Reed

Gerard Reed is a Senior Lecturer in Screen Business at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and has…

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YOU WILL LEARN TO:

Industry Forms & Practice: Research and evaluate the political, economic, cultural and social dynamics of the local and global screen business industries and develop solutions to identified issues.

Business Acumen: Analyse, identify and communicate financial matters and sophisticated business models through the critical evaluation of screen business financial frameworks and measures.

People Skills: Develop and deploy an approach to leadership in their business or career to achieve a defined outcome.

Frameworks & Perspectives: Deploy appropriate research methods and strategic frameworks applicable to the screen media industries, and an approach to innovation to construct a competitive business advantage, overcoming issues and planning for future growth.

Analysis: Critically appraise the screen media market potential and formulate an approach to reaching audiences/customers that aligns to a screen product or company.

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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 the Admissions team at applications@aftrs.edu.au.

Admission requirements

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

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.

The typical duration of a bachelor degree is 3-4 years, and candidates applying by degree equivalence are required to demonstrate they have achieved corresponding learning outcomes by completing a similar volume of relevant work experience and/or training. If you wish to apply for admission to a postgraduate program by degree equivalence, contact the Student Centre.

2. Selection criteria

  • Demonstrated experience or related skills relevant to the discipline.
  • A distinct creative perspective.
  • A proven capacity for leadership and collaboration.
  • A willingness and capacity to engage in critical thinking, reflection and research.

3. Resume and educational qualifications

Using an industry resume format, provide a summary of your achievements, educational qualifications and work experience. You must also provide a certified copy of your highest education level as detailed on the How and When to Apply page on the AFTRS website. Use the link provided for information on how to certify documents. Resume formats can be found on a variety of sites, and examples are numerous on sites such as LinkedIn.

4. Proof of citizenship/residency

Ensure you submit a certified copy of your birth certificate or passport as detailed on the How to Apply page on the AFTRS website. Use the link provided for information on how to certify documents.

Application tasks

1. Business project proposal

Submit a one-page statement outlining your proposal for a current business project that you are interested in pursuing (approximately 500 words – submit as PDF file).

2. Personal statement

Write a personal statement that outlines your personal goals and how your prior experience and participation in this course will contribute towards you achieving these. Also include any other information you believe the assessors should know about you that would assist in your application to the school (approximately 500 words – submit as PDF file).

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

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

To ensure we reflect Australian society and Australian stories, AFTRS wants to work with students from a diverse range of backgrounds. To support this, the School has a range of scholarships available to assist degree course students with the costs associated with higher education. Find out more here.

Key Dates

2020

Monday 26 October – Offers sent
Monday 9 November – Offers sent
Monday 23 November – Offers sent
Monday 14 December – Offers sent
Friday 11 December – Applications close

2021

Friday 19 February – Orientation
Friday 26 February – Semester starts

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 the Admissions team at applications@aftrs.edu.au.

Admission requirements

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

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.

The typical duration of a bachelor degree is 3-4 years, and candidates applying by degree equivalence are required to demonstrate they have achieved corresponding learning outcomes by completing a similar volume of relevant work experience and/or training. If you wish to apply for admission to a postgraduate program by degree equivalence, contact the Student Centre.

2. Selection criteria

  • Demonstrated experience or related skills relevant to the discipline.
  • A distinct creative perspective.
  • A proven capacity for leadership and collaboration.
  • A willingness and capacity to engage in critical thinking, reflection and research.

3. Resume and educational qualifications

Using an industry resume format, provide a summary of your achievements, educational qualifications and work experience. You must also provide a certified copy of your highest education level as detailed on the How and When to Apply page on the AFTRS website. Use the link provided for information on how to certify documents. Resume formats can be found on a variety of sites, and examples are numerous on sites such as LinkedIn.

4. Proof of citizenship/residency

Ensure you submit a certified copy of your birth certificate or passport as detailed on the How to Apply page on the AFTRS website. Use the link provided for information on how to certify documents.

Application tasks

1. Business project proposal

Submit a one-page statement outlining your proposal for a current business project that you are interested in pursuing (approximately 500 words – submit as PDF file).

2. Personal statement

Write a personal statement that outlines your personal goals and how your prior experience and participation in this course will contribute towards you achieving these. Also include any other information you believe the assessors should know about you that would assist in your application to the school (approximately 500 words – submit as PDF file).

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

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

To ensure we reflect Australian society and Australian stories, AFTRS wants to work with students from a diverse range of backgrounds. To support this, the School has a range of scholarships available to assist degree course students with the costs associated with higher education. Find out more here.

Key Dates

2020

Monday 26 October – Offers sent
Monday 9 November – Offers sent
Monday 23 November – Offers sent
Monday 14 December – Offers sent
Friday 11 December – Applications close

2021

Friday 19 February – Orientation
Friday 26 February – Semester starts

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.