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2019 Master of Arts Screen: Producing

Behind the scenes of 'Shadows' | Dir. Eugene Dyson

Applications open:
02 Jul 2018

Applications close:
15 Oct 2018

Duration:
2 years full-time

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icon $50,976 ($25,488 p.a.)

FEE-HELP and scholarships available

Become a creative leader in the global screen industry

The Master of Arts Screen: Producing provides you with an advanced skillset focussed on project creation and development, including audience identification, financing, management of a production and marketing.  This practical knowledge is complemented by intensive workshops on creative leadership and entrepreneurial and strategic skills.

At the core of producing is the power of story and narrative and the innovative ways in which they can be brought to the screen. You will be encouraged to explore your own ideas, to be original, to test your work with an audience in mind, and to experiment as an individual.

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

Why do this course

You will graduate a fully equipped producer, ready to operate in a rapidly changing media landscape, able to identify opportunities and develop them to a marketable and rewarding stage, and able to create a scalable, adaptable and viable screen content business.

Flexibility, entrepreneurship and a clear understanding of your ‘brand’ will enable you to produce stories across the available platforms, working with, or for, a variety of production entities both domestically and internationally.

What you can expect

In this intensive course, encompassing theoretical, practical, and strategic considerations in creative producing, you will hone your skills and sharpen your instincts in the development, financing, production and marketing of story ideas. 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 the final year, you create a funded major project using AFTRS’ extensive production facilities and undertake 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 or Arts Screen: Producing will equip you with deep, specialist, industry knowledge in producing and delivering screen content to propel you into a high-level career in the screen media industries. You will emerge with the adaptive and entrepreneurial skills vital to thrive in today’s fast-moving screen industries and join a network of influential alumni operating in senior roles and managing thriving production companies around the globe.

AFTRS Producing graduates include Justin Davis nominated for multiple TV BAFTAs for Psychoville (2009-11)Absolutely Fabulous and Twenty Twelve (2012); Katie Shortland, Head of Business Affairs and Strategy for CJZ Group; and Michael Pontin, Co-Producer on The Little Death which premiered at TIFF and won the audience award at SxSW (2015), and Associate Producer on Backtrack (2015) with Adrien Brody and Sam Neill.

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. Script coverage report

Prepare a script coverage report for one of the following proposed projects:

Feature film: Julian Corkle script
Television series: Secretary script/bible

Your report is intended for a prospective and informed investor. It should cover the following aspects and be no more than 3-4 pages long:

(a) Log line.
(b) One-page synopsis
(c) Review (no more than 200 words) including:

• Comments – relating to the strengths and weaknesses of the story, structure, characters, premise, genre and suggesting an approach to the further development of the screenplay including suggestions to address the script’s weaknesses or enhancing its strengths.

• Market – specifically identifying the scripts most viable audience or demographic, how it fits or could fit into the market place specifically as relates to the indicative budget and likely returns and which elements the script possesses that would make it an attractive proposition for the necessary creative people or companies in order to realise and finance it.

• Pass/Consider/Recommend – indicate your conclusion as to the next step for this script/proposed series.

(Submit as PDF file)

2. Market place report

Using the script above specifically identify its most viable audience or demographic, how it fits or could fit into the market place specifically as relates to the indicative budget and likely returns. Which elements the script possesses that would make it an attractive proposition for the necessary creative people or companies in order to finance it and bring it to an audience (submit as PDF file).

3. Audio-visual creative statement

Make a 2 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 media file).

4. Creative work

Submit a selection of works you have developed or made as a producer (this work can include a range of formats, including finished work, or treatments or outlines.) Your creative submission should demonstrate your best work. Be selective with your choices (submit as media file and /or PDF file).

Fees and scholarships

Tuition Fees

Domestic Fee: $50,976 ($25,488 p.a.)
International Fee: $101,952 ($50,976 p.a.)

The fees shown are the indicative course tuition fees, expressed as both a total course cost and per annum cost. AFTRS tuition fees 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.

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.

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. Script coverage report

Prepare a script coverage report for one of the following proposed projects:

Feature film: Julian Corkle script
Television series: Secretary script/bible

Your report is intended for a prospective and informed investor. It should cover the following aspects and be no more than 3-4 pages long:

(a) Log line.
(b) One-page synopsis
(c) Review (no more than 200 words) including:

• Comments – relating to the strengths and weaknesses of the story, structure, characters, premise, genre and suggesting an approach to the further development of the screenplay including suggestions to address the script’s weaknesses or enhancing its strengths.

• Market – specifically identifying the scripts most viable audience or demographic, how it fits or could fit into the market place specifically as relates to the indicative budget and likely returns and which elements the script possesses that would make it an attractive proposition for the necessary creative people or companies in order to realise and finance it.

• Pass/Consider/Recommend – indicate your conclusion as to the next step for this script/proposed series.

(Submit as PDF file)

2. Market place report

Using the script above specifically identify its most viable audience or demographic, how it fits or could fit into the market place specifically as relates to the indicative budget and likely returns. Which elements the script possesses that would make it an attractive proposition for the necessary creative people or companies in order to finance it and bring it to an audience (submit as PDF file).

3. Audio-visual creative statement

Make a 2 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 media file).

4. Creative work

Submit a selection of works you have developed or made as a producer (this work can include a range of formats, including finished work, or treatments or outlines.) Your creative submission should demonstrate your best work. Be selective with your choices (submit as media file and /or PDF file).

Fees and scholarships

Tuition Fees

Domestic Fee: $50,976 ($25,488 p.a.)
International Fee: $101,952 ($50,976 p.a.)

The fees shown are the indicative course tuition fees, expressed as both a total course cost and per annum cost. AFTRS tuition fees 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.

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.