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2019 Master of Arts Screen: Sound

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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

Prepare for the next stage of your career as a sound practitioner. In the Master of Arts Screen: Sound, you explore sound as a means of driving narrative and building story worlds.

You will investigate the ways in which sound can be produced, edited and manipulated with the image to engage and inform, as well as to communicate with –  and create an emotional response in – an audience.

Through a combination of practice-based learning and theory, you critically evaluate the techniques and technologies of sound production and design as you learn that knowledge is no substitute for ideas, courage and experimentation, which will be nurtured throughout the process. You will be encouraged to challenge norms and build a critically-informed, creative practice with a view to contemporary screen production, future platforms and changing work practices.

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

Why do this course

In this course you will develop the skills and practice required for a career in aural storytelling. Screen sound technologies and modes of working are continually changing. Through intensive workshops you will build new skill-sets to deal with the creative and economic challenges you will face in the screen sound industry.

What you can expect

You will work in a supportive environment to develop new approaches to your work, leveraging your existing expertise while you develop a questioning mindset.

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 Masters colleagues to develop a shared vocabulary for cinematic storytelling and life-long collaborative networks.

In your final year, you create a funded, individual or collaborative major project using AFTRS’ extensive production facilities to realise your vision. 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

AFTRS graduates have been nominated or won numerous Sound awards including: David White Academy Award for Best Sound Editing Mad Max: Fury Road (2016) and Peter Grace a member of the Sound Editing team which won the Academy Award for Sound Mixing on Hacksaw Ridge (2017).

Potential careers:

  • Sound Editor
  • Sound Designer
  • Sound Recordist
  • Sound Mixer

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. Short film task

Watch the short film The Space between the Door and the Floor . Create sound for the film using either original or sourced sound elements (submit as media file).

Include a statement (maximum 500 words) on the initial analysis of the sound requirements, the approach taken, what original recordings were used, where other sounds were sourced, the software/equipment used, and any technical challenges arising (submit as PDF file).

2. Contemporary screen sound statement

Write a statement (maximum 500 words) on your current understanding of screen sound practice, informed by own experience and your preferred specialisation. e.g. in production or post-production. (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

Your creative submission should demonstrate your best work. Be selective with your choices – we would like to see 3 examples of your work in sound 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 forms (submit as media file).

Clearly outline your role on the work submitted in your portfolio (submit as 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. Short film task

Watch the short film The Space between the Door and the Floor . Create sound for the film using either original or sourced sound elements (submit as media file).

Include a statement (maximum 500 words) on the initial analysis of the sound requirements, the approach taken, what original recordings were used, where other sounds were sourced, the software/equipment used, and any technical challenges arising (submit as PDF file).

2. Contemporary screen sound statement

Write a statement (maximum 500 words) on your current understanding of screen sound practice, informed by own experience and your preferred specialisation. e.g. in production or post-production. (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

Your creative submission should demonstrate your best work. Be selective with your choices – we would like to see 3 examples of your work in sound 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 forms (submit as media file).

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