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Master of Arts Screen: Business

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Applications open:
05 Jul 2021

Applications close:
29 Oct 2021

Duration:
2 years part-time

Attendance:
Online or on campus study options

Domestic Fee:
$30,864 ($15,432 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

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To find out about future offerings of this course, register your interest. For more information email info@aftrs.edu.au or call 1300 223 877.

SUCCEED AS A LEADER IN THE SCREEN BUSINESS AND MEDIA SECTOR

Maximising accessibility and choice, the Master of Arts Screen: Business will be offered part-time and full-time from 2022, with teaching in face-to-face or fully online formats, and with study patterns available to meet a variety of individual student needs.

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

World-leading among film schools, AFTRS is consistently ranked among the top fifteen international film schools by The Hollywood Reporter. As an industry-facing institution, it is uniquely positioned to offer a balanced delivery of theory and real-world practice unparalleled in Australia, and its Master of Arts Screen: Business has long been acknowledged as one of the best postgraduate programs in contemporary screen business and creative leadership in the world.

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 exploring the benefits and opportunities to be found in a screen sector undergoing profound disruption. And, in 2022, the offer will be expanded to meet the growing demand for more flexible, nationwide delivery and specialised study through a range of focussed electives.

To get to know our students, alumni and lecturers, learn about each discipline and get key application tips, join us at our Virtual Postgraduate Information Week from 12-16 July.

 

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

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

The MASB is a course aimed at understanding the screen media landscape and forming a strategy that takes you where you want to be. In classes, you will share knowledge on a peer-to-peer basis, forming lifelong relationships with key players across the sector. At the completion of your studies, you will emerge with a fully realisable plan to take to the market. It will be, perhaps, the most important step of your career.

UNDERSTANDING THE NEW STRUCTURE

Master of Arts Screen: Business – Mid-year Intake Course Guide 2021

All students will begin with a prerequisite finance subject and end their course 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, making up the eight subjects of the course. Seven of these are core and one is an elective. All are delivered in both face-to-face or fully online formats.

The one-year, full-time offering is delivered over two semesters, each with four subjects, making up the eight subjects of the course. As for the part-time program, seven of these are core and one is an elective. All are delivered in both face-to-face or fully online formats.

Teaching comprises a combination of specialist lectures, workshops, expert 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 crucial 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, along with complex problem solving directed at the advanced analysis of existing and emerging screen technologies. There will also be associated business opportunities.

The electives are designed to enable students to engage in global screen business gaining international perspectives and contexts. Electives also deliver focussed teaching in creative arts management and project development.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

AFTRS’ 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, 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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Dr Gerard Reed

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

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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, you will need to submit a Degree Equivalence Form. For more information, please contact the Admissions team at applications@aftrs.edu.au.

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.

Scholarship applications for 2022 open 19 July 2021. Find out more here.

Key Dates

2021

6 September – Master of Arts Screen: Business round one applications close
29 October – Master of Arts Screen: Business round two applications close

PRINCIPAL DATES: 2022

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, you will need to submit a Degree Equivalence Form. For more information, please contact the Admissions team at applications@aftrs.edu.au.

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.

Scholarship applications for 2022 open 19 July 2021. Find out more here.

Key Dates

2021

6 September – Master of Arts Screen: Business round one applications close
29 October – Master of Arts Screen: Business round two applications close

PRINCIPAL DATES: 2022

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.