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2019 Master of Arts Screen: Editing

Applications open:
02 Jul 2018

Applications close:
17 Oct 2018

Duration:
2 years full-time

Attendance:
Three days face-to-face per week

Sydney

Domestic Fee:
$50,976 ($25,488 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:
$101,952 ($50,976 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.

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Become a creative leader in the global screen industry

The Master of Arts Screen: Editing provides you with the opportunity to learn by deep immersion in the craft of editing. Through an intensive cycle of creative tasks, you will acquire techniques for making audiences think and feel, while also making a technically and aesthetically cohesive work in Avid.

Learn about coverage, continuity, temp music and sound for the edit and all the various post-production stages as you discover how to shape an actor’s performance to best tell the narrative in the most moving way possible. In the documentary editing strand, you engage with the great challenge of shaping seemingly random footage into a cohesive tale. Graduate with a high-level understanding of the post-production process from transcoding rushes to complex VFX, grading, sound and music workflows.

Is the 2019 Master of Arts Screen: Editing right for you?

Why do this course

You will thoroughly engage with the field of creative editing for two years, developing a genuine experience of the pressures and rewards of being a fulltime picture editor. You will work closely with directors and producers and grasp the importance of working with post-production teams and managing your own assistants.

By the end of the course, you will be equipped with the skills to edit professional screen projects and have the confidence to approach directors and producers to pitch for professional work. You will develop a high-level reel or website of work created over the projects and collaborative exercises, and you will have the opportunity to generate lifelong creative collaborations and lasting friendships with your fellow Masters students.

The course will allow you to realise your potential as a leading creative collaborator able to fulfil your responsibilities to your team and the material.

What you can expect

Throughout your first year, through key creative and technical workshops, you will drill deep into your craft, develop rigour and strive for excellence. Industry practitioners will contribute to the coursework program, providing insights into their practice. In small, cross-disciplinary groups, you will collaborate with your fellow students to develop a shared vocabulary for cinematic storytelling and life-long collaborative networks.

In your second year, you create an individual or collaborative major project, using AFTRS facilities and funding, to realise your vision. You will screen to many audiences and test the realisation of your creative intentions. The course concludes with a professional placement.

Across the course, you will be supported to consider who you are as a creative practitioner and develop an adaptable, creative skill-set. Learning to document and analyse your process through the development of a practice-based research project, you will understand how you have been informed by innovations and processes of the past, and how your practice engages with contemporary screen culture and its emerging trends and technologies.

Career opportunities

The Master of Arts Screen: Editing will enable you to work at a professional level on screen narratives of all kinds. You will leave with the skills and knowledge to become a professional editor, working in film, television, documentary, advertising, VR, AR and web-based screen projects.

AFTRS Editing graduates include: Margaret Sixel ASE, winner of an Academy Award and a BAFTA for Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road (2016); Nick Meyers ASE, winner AACTA award for Balibo (2009) and ASE Award for The Rocket; Andrea Lang ASE, Cunnamulla (2001), We Don’t Need a Map (2017); Mark Perry ASE, Rake (2012-2016), Friday on My Mind (2017), The Kettering Incident (2016).

Meet our Head of Editing

Roland Gallois

Roland Gallois is a film and documentary editor with over 20 years experience. He is best know for his work…

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YOU WILL LEARN TO

Demonstrate and apply advanced knowledge of theory and practice as a professional and creative leader in their discipline.

Critically evaluate and apply a deep understanding of cinematic storytelling to create audience-engaged work for the screen.

Justify and implement a reflective creative practice that synthesises specialist knowledge, research and an understanding of personal process.

Apply an adaptable skill set.

Demonstrate an ability to lead, inspire and collaborate across diverse projects with a confidence in their creative voice and core value.

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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 Student Centre (02) 9805 6444 or studentinfo@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

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

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. Edit Sequence

Download the rushes below from the short film The Bridge and edit them into a coherent story with a duration of no more than three minutes. Use the pages from The Bridge script as the basis for the edit. Note that sequences over three minutes may disqualify you from consideration.

We encourage you to:
(a) Add sound effects, atmospheres and music (preferable without lyrics) in to the edit
(b) Include a snapshot of your timeline of your final edit from your non-linear editing program

(Submit as media file)

Describe some of your editing choices in no more than 200 words (submit as PDF file).

RUSHES
Select one of two options below to download the collection of all 40 clips that best suit your internet capabilities:

Option 1 – Download entire collection at once
Entire collection of 40 clips (ZIP file 519 MB)

Option 2 – Download in 4 groups
Group 1 collection of 16 clips (ZIP file 140 MB)
Group 2 collection of 8 clips (ZIP file 123 MB)
Group 3 collection of 11 clips (ZIP file 153 MB)
Group 4 collection of 5 clips (ZIP file 102 MB)

2. Screenplay response

Read the feature film South Solitary script and:
• Identify two themes that moved you (submit as PDF file – 200 words).
• Suggest editorial approach to a specific scene of your choice (submit as PDF file – 200 words).
• Provide two examples of music you feel will work for the film (submit as 2 x media files).
• Attach a document suggesting where they might be placed in the film (submit as 1 x PDF file).

3. Audio-visual creative statement

Make a 2 minute audio-visual work that presents who you are, as a creator; why you want to complete the MA Screen: Editing; and what you hope to get out of your time at AFTRS (submit as media file).

4. Creative work

Your creative submission should demonstrate your best work. Be selective with your choices – we would like to see three examples of your work as an editor that most effectively demonstrates your creative point of view and your technical and craft skills. These works can include any format: fiction, non-fiction or a mixture; linear or nonlinear, and film, video or other digital and online form (submit as media file).

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

Fees and scholarships

Tuition 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 Storytelling, Equity, Virgin Australia 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 the Student Centre (02) 9805 6444 or studentinfo@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

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

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. Edit Sequence

Download the rushes below from the short film The Bridge and edit them into a coherent story with a duration of no more than three minutes. Use the pages from The Bridge script as the basis for the edit. Note that sequences over three minutes may disqualify you from consideration.

We encourage you to:
(a) Add sound effects, atmospheres and music (preferable without lyrics) in to the edit
(b) Include a snapshot of your timeline of your final edit from your non-linear editing program

(Submit as media file)

Describe some of your editing choices in no more than 200 words (submit as PDF file).

RUSHES
Select one of two options below to download the collection of all 40 clips that best suit your internet capabilities:

Option 1 – Download entire collection at once
Entire collection of 40 clips (ZIP file 519 MB)

Option 2 – Download in 4 groups
Group 1 collection of 16 clips (ZIP file 140 MB)
Group 2 collection of 8 clips (ZIP file 123 MB)
Group 3 collection of 11 clips (ZIP file 153 MB)
Group 4 collection of 5 clips (ZIP file 102 MB)

2. Screenplay response

Read the feature film South Solitary script and:
• Identify two themes that moved you (submit as PDF file – 200 words).
• Suggest editorial approach to a specific scene of your choice (submit as PDF file – 200 words).
• Provide two examples of music you feel will work for the film (submit as 2 x media files).
• Attach a document suggesting where they might be placed in the film (submit as 1 x PDF file).

3. Audio-visual creative statement

Make a 2 minute audio-visual work that presents who you are, as a creator; why you want to complete the MA Screen: Editing; and what you hope to get out of your time at AFTRS (submit as media file).

4. Creative work

Your creative submission should demonstrate your best work. Be selective with your choices – we would like to see three examples of your work as an editor that most effectively demonstrates your creative point of view and your technical and craft skills. These works can include any format: fiction, non-fiction or a mixture; linear or nonlinear, and film, video or other digital and online form (submit as media file).

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

Fees and scholarships

Tuition 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 Storytelling, Equity, Virgin Australia 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.