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Master of Arts Screen: Screenwriting

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.

FAST-TRACK YOUR CAREER IN THE GLOBAL SCREEN INDUSTRY

The Master of Arts Screen: Screenwriting develops the next wave of Australian screenwriters.

In this course, you will acquire industry knowledge, craft skills and peer networks; vital resources in building a sustainable career in the screen industries. Through an intensive incubator-style program, you will develop a portfolio of creative work that showcases your understanding of screenwriting craft. You will work collaboratively on the development of screen stories with peers in other discipline departments including directing, producing, animation and sound; and gain an understanding of the journey from script to screen.

To get to know our lecturers, students and alumni, and get tips on how to ace your application, catch up on the information sessions from our 2021 Postgraduate Information Week.

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

WHY DO THIS COURSE

The Master of Arts Screen: Screenwriting will equip you with the knowledge you need to forge a sustainable career.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

Through a combination of craft-based writing workshops and cross-disciplinary collaborations, you will learn the skill set demanded of screenwriters at the industry level.

To practice your craft, you will participate in peer feedback incubators that allow you to develop a major creative work (or set of screenplay documents). Industry practitioners will provide insights into their professional practice and essential feedback on your scripts.

In the final year, you will have the opportunity to develop your screenwriting through the development of a portfolio of screen documents and undertake a professional placement.

By the end of the course, you will have the ability to generate work that is audience-focussed and distinctive. You will graduate as a versatile storyteller, able to work across a rapidly evolving media landscape.

Overall, the course will allow you to consider who you are as a creative practitioner, learning to analyse your process through the development of a practice-based research project. You will understand how your practice is informed by contemporary screen culture and engages with emerging trends and technologies.

Career opportunities

Each year, Australian feature films, television and other screen media are testament to the impact of the AFTRS screenwriting program. Notable screenwriting alumni include Tony McNamara, BAFTA winner and Academy Award nominee for The Favourite and Golden Globe nominee for The Great; Jacquelin Perske, Love My Way, Seven Types of Ambiguity and The Cry; AACTA-nominated screenwriter Julie Kalceff, Starting from Now and First Day; and Jane Campion, winner of an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Piano.

Meet your Lecturers

Dr. Pieter Aquilia

Dr. Pieter Aquilia is a scriptwriter, script editor and director, who has combined her creative practice with a career in…

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Kate Stone

Kate is a writer, developer and producer who worked as Head of Development at The Steve Jaggi Company from the…

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You will learn to

Demonstrate advanced knowledge of theory and practice as a professional screenwriter

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 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

  1. Demonstrated experience or related skills relevant to the 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.

Refer to the Application Rubric for more information.

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. AUDIO-VISUAL CREATIVE STATEMENT

Make a three-minute audio-visual work that presents who you are as a creative practitioner.

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).

In it you could explore the following questions:

  • How would you define your creative voice?
  • What kind of stories connect with you and why?
  • Do you think stories matter? Why?
  • How do you collaborate with other creative practitioners?

2. CREATIVE WORK

Submit up to 3 (three) examples of your work as a key creative. Total running time 15 minutes or 30 pages.

Be selective with your choices. Your creative submission should demonstrate your best work.

Your example(s) should effectively demonstrate:

  • Your creative intent.
  • Your technical and/or craft skills related to the discipline you are applying for.

These works can include any format: fiction, non-fiction, experimental; film, video, or other digital and online forms; linear or nonlinear; music scores (submit as media file).

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

3. PERSONAL STATEMENT

Personal Statement outlining why you want to study at AFTRS within your chosen discipline, plus your up to date CV and work experience.

Please write a one-page outline of your key objectives for studying at AFTRS. You may include information such as your personal history, your goals and ambitions, and where you see yourself at the completion of this program.

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.

Please note shortlisted applicants may be asked to submit a supplementary task.

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

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.

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. 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.

3. APPLY FOR THE COURSE

Click on Apply Now and set up your account. Once you have your AFTRS login, follow the below steps:

1. Answer all mandatory questions marked with an asterisk (*).
2. Upload supporting documentation.
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 applications@aftrs.edu.au.

4. 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).

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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).

8. 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.

9. RECEIVE STUDENT VISA

Advise the Student Centre studentinfo@aftrs.edu.au 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 Admissions team on 1300 223 877 or applications@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 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

  1. Demonstrated experience or related skills relevant to the 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.

Refer to the Application Rubric for more information.

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. AUDIO-VISUAL CREATIVE STATEMENT

Make a three-minute audio-visual work that presents who you are as a creative practitioner.

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).

In it you could explore the following questions:

  • How would you define your creative voice?
  • What kind of stories connect with you and why?
  • Do you think stories matter? Why?
  • How do you collaborate with other creative practitioners?

2. CREATIVE WORK

Submit up to 3 (three) examples of your work as a key creative. Total running time 15 minutes or 30 pages.

Be selective with your choices. Your creative submission should demonstrate your best work.

Your example(s) should effectively demonstrate:

  • Your creative intent.
  • Your technical and/or craft skills related to the discipline you are applying for.

These works can include any format: fiction, non-fiction, experimental; film, video, or other digital and online forms; linear or nonlinear; music scores (submit as media file).

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

3. PERSONAL STATEMENT

Personal Statement outlining why you want to study at AFTRS within your chosen discipline, plus your up to date CV and work experience.

Please write a one-page outline of your key objectives for studying at AFTRS. You may include information such as your personal history, your goals and ambitions, and where you see yourself at the completion of this program.

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.

Please note shortlisted applicants may be asked to submit a supplementary task.

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

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.

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. 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.

3. APPLY FOR THE COURSE

Click on Apply Now and set up your account. Once you have your AFTRS login, follow the below steps:

1. Answer all mandatory questions marked with an asterisk (*).
2. Upload supporting documentation.
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 applications@aftrs.edu.au.

4. 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).

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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).

8. 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.

9. RECEIVE STUDENT VISA

Advise the Student Centre studentinfo@aftrs.edu.au 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 Admissions team on 1300 223 877 or applications@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.