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Teaching & Learning

The Teaching & Learning team comprises teaching faculty and professional support staff who work together to deliver four course streams – online; short & industry courses; undergraduate (BA); and, postgraduate courses (Graduate Diploma and Masters). The division is responsible for the design, development, scheduling, delivery and continuous improvement of AFTRS curriculum to ensure that AFTRS is fulfilling its remit to provide industry with the highly skilled graduates it needs to thrive now and into the future.

AFTRS is one of only three fully self-accrediting Higher Education Providers. the Teaching & Learning division bridges its industry best practice curriculum with the highest level of academic quality assurance. Teaching staff drawn from industry and supported by ongoing professional development and a research program focussed on creativity and innovation, deliver courses that are future-focussed, industry current and, delivered according to AFTRS unique, practice-based pedagogy. Externally, the team works to ensure the ongoing strength of AFTRS’ reputation for excellence through partnered research projects, conferences, symposia and International film and broadcast school networks.

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    David Balfour

    David Balfour joined AFTRS in 2014 as the Head of Teaching and Learning, h...

    David Balfour

    David Balfour joined AFTRS in 2014 as the Head of Teaching and Learning, has since moved on to the role of Director of Curriculum & Student Registrar and in August…

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    Director of Teaching & Learning

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Jane Newton

    Jane is the Head of Curriculum at AFTRS, where she oversees the continuous...

    Jane Newton

    Jane is the Head of Curriculum at AFTRS, where she oversees the continuous improvement of curriculum and works with all course teams to develop and enhance their programs. She also…

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    Head of Curriculum

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Cameron Patrick

    Cameron Patrick is an Annie Award nominee and AGSC Screen Music Award winn...

    Cameron Patrick

    Cameron Patrick is an Annie Award nominee and AGSC Screen Music Award winner whose screen experience spans 30 years. He is an accomplished composer and orchestrator of music for film…

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    Head of Music

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Fyona Smith

    Fyona Smith is Head of Radio at The Australian Film, Television and Radio ...

    Fyona Smith

    Fyona Smith is Head of Radio at The Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), responsible for the development and delivery of AFTRS Radio and Podcasting courses. With over 20…

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    Head of Radio

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Igor Nay

    As a successful and recognised art director and production designer in fil...

    Igor Nay

    As a successful and recognised art director and production designer in film and television for over 20 years, Igor Nay has established expertise and practical application in Screen Design and…

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    Head of Production Design

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Kim Batterham ACS

    Kim Batterham ACS has been a director of photography for over 30 years. Ki...

    Kim Batterham ACS

    Kim Batterham ACS has been a director of photography for over 30 years. Kim has shot widely across many formats including mini-series, features, independent dramas and documentary, forging deep long-lasting…

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    Head of Cinematography

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Krista Jordan

    Krista Jordan has over twenty years professional industry experience in cr...

    Krista Jordan

    Krista Jordan has over twenty years professional industry experience in creative and commercial filmmaking. Her professional film credits include The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, Rabbit- Proof Fence, Moulin Rouge and the Academy…

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    Head of Animation, Program Convenor – Short and Online

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Lyn Norfor

    An experienced producer, Lyn’s credits encompass drama and documentary f...

    Lyn Norfor

    An experienced producer, Lyn’s credits encompass drama and documentary film and television productions. She produced the feature film Undertow (2018) which premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival and Hot…

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    Head of Producing and Production

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    Production, Technology & Infrastructure, Teaching & Learning

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    Dr. Matthew Campora

    Dr. Matthew Campora is Head of Screen Studies at the Australian Film Telev...

    Dr. Matthew Campora

    Dr. Matthew Campora is Head of Screen Studies at the Australian Film Television and Radio School in Sydney. Matthew completed his PhD in Film Studies in 2009 at the University…

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    Head of Screen Studies

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Natalie Pozdeev

    Natalie Pozdeev is a media education specialist, with expertise in practic...

    Natalie Pozdeev

    Natalie Pozdeev is a media education specialist, with expertise in practice-based radio, journalism and digital content training. As Program Convenor of the Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting, she leads…

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    Program Convenor – Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Peter Herbert

    A writer, producer and executive producer for a many national and internat...

    Peter Herbert

    A writer, producer and executive producer for a many national and international companies, among them Crawford Productions, PBL Productions, Taffner Ramsay, Beyond International and Granada, Peter began his career writing…

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    Program Convenor – MASB

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Dr. Pieter Aquilia

    Dr. Pieter Aquilia is a scriptwriter, script editor and director, who has ...

    Dr. Pieter Aquilia

    Dr. Pieter Aquilia is a scriptwriter, script editor and director, who has combined her creative practice with a career in academia. Formerly an Associate Dean and Associate Arts Professor for…

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    Head of Screenwriting

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Richard Welch

    Richard Welch is an experienced documentary curator, lecturer and filmmake...

    Richard Welch

    Richard Welch is an experienced documentary curator, lecturer and filmmaker, with over 20 years’ experience in the screen media industry. As Festival Co-Director and a founding member of the Antenna…

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    Head of Documentary

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Roland Gallois

    Roland Gallois is a film and documentary editor with over 20 years experie...

    Roland Gallois

    Roland Gallois is a film and documentary editor with over 20 years experience. He is best know for his work on the feature film Samson and Delilah which won the…

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    Head of Editing

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Rowan Woods

    Rowan Woods is an AFTRS alumni and award-winning director of TV and featur...

    Rowan Woods

    Rowan Woods is an AFTRS alumni and award-winning director of TV and feature films. As Head of Directing he concurrently directs international TV series and feature film projects and is…

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    Head of Directing

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Stephen Murphy

    During his childhood Stephen Murphy developed a fascination with film, tel...

    Stephen Murphy

    During his childhood Stephen Murphy developed a fascination with film, television and sound that has been with him ever since. On leaving high school he made this his life work,…

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    Head of Sound

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Dr. Alejandra Canales

    Dr. Alejandra Canales is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with an ex...

    Dr. Alejandra Canales

    Dr. Alejandra Canales is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with an extensive career in directing, producing, curating and programming, and teaching and curriculum development. She holds an MA Hons from AFTRS…

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    Program Convenor – MA

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Alexander Hoetzer

    Alexander Hoetzer is an experienced visual effects artist with almost 20 y...

    Alexander Hoetzer

    Alexander Hoetzer is an experienced visual effects artist with almost 20 years’ experience in a range of screen industries, across a broad range of disciplines. With experience in film, games,…

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    Senior Lecturer – Animation/VFX

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Alicia Gleeson

    Alicia Gleeson is an Editor, VFX Editor and Mentor. After training and ...

    Alicia Gleeson

    Alicia Gleeson is an Editor, VFX Editor and Mentor. After training and working in broadcast at Channel Four UK, she moved back to Australia to work in Editorial on Feature…

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    Senior Lecturer – Rhythm & Juxtaposition

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Claire Pickard

    Claire is an experienced program coordinator in adult education, bringing ...

    Claire Pickard

    Claire is an experienced program coordinator in adult education, bringing people-focussed communication and creative skills to the role. She joined AFTRS from a previous role in community college short course…

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    Program Coordinator – MASB

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Cody Jarrett

    Cody has gained both industry and teaching experience since completing a B...

    Cody Jarrett

    Cody has gained both industry and teaching experience since completing a BA in Communications at Macquarie University and an MA in Film, Television and Theatre Studies from the University of…

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    Senior Lecturer – Screen Business

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Dani Torresan

    Dani Torresan has been working in commercial radio for over 25 years as an...

    Dani Torresan

    Dani Torresan has been working in commercial radio for over 25 years as an announcer, producer, and voice-over artist. She completed a Bachelor of Education majoring in media studies (radio,…

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    Radio Lecturer and Tutor

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    Tutors, Teaching & Learning

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    Dr. Duncan McLean

    Dr. Duncan McLean is a senior lecturer in Screen Studies. A passionate tea...

    Dr. Duncan McLean

    Dr. Duncan McLean is a senior lecturer in Screen Studies. A passionate teacher, Duncan has over a decade of experience teaching film history and theory to undergraduate students and has…

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    Senior Lecturer – Screen Studies

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Dr. Gerald Mair

    Dr. Gerald Mair was born and brought up on the west coast of Scotland. In ...

    Dr. Gerald Mair

    Dr. Gerald Mair was born and brought up on the west coast of Scotland. In 2004 he relocated to Melbourne in Victoria. As a sound practitioner his career has involved…

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    Senior Lecturer – Sound

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Dr Gerard Reed

    Dr. Gerard Reed is a Senior Lecturer in Screen Business at the Australian ...

    Dr Gerard Reed

    Dr. Gerard Reed is a Senior Lecturer in Screen Business at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and has experience in economic development with an emphasis on entrepreneurial…

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    Head of Screen Business

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Greg Wise

    Greg has composed, recorded, arranged and produced music for films, televi...

    Greg Wise

    Greg has composed, recorded, arranged and produced music for films, television series, animations, documentaries and commercials. After studying classical piano Greg embarked on a career as a touring and recording…

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    Senior Lecturer – Screen Music

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Jess Campanaro

    Jess Campanaro is a radio and podcasting professional with 20 years’ exp...

    Jess Campanaro

    Jess Campanaro is a radio and podcasting professional with 20 years’ experience. An accomplished radio journalist, newsreader and editor, Jess spent 10 years at Sydney’s No. 1 talk station 2GB,…

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    Senior Lecturer – Radio

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Julia Avenell

    Julia Avenell is a Learning Designer at the Australian Film TV Radio Schoo...

    Julia Avenell

    Julia Avenell is a Learning Designer at the Australian Film TV Radio School with over 17 years’ experience in Screen Education Support. She works directly with faculty and students to…

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    Instructional Designer

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Kate Blackmore

    Kate Blackmore is an Australian artist and filmmaker whose films have been...

    Kate Blackmore

    Kate Blackmore is an Australian artist and filmmaker whose films have been presented across cinematic, broadcast and contemporary art contexts. She has written, directed and produced over 20 short arts…

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    Lecturer – Documentary

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Kate Sayeg

    Kate is an experienced project manager and administration professional who...

    Kate Sayeg

    Kate is an experienced project manager and administration professional who enjoys creative and educational pursuits and volunteering. She has joined AFTRS as a Program Coordinator on the Masters of Arts…

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    Program Coordinator – MA

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Kirk Marcolina

    Kirk Marcolina has worked in television and documentary for over 25 years ...

    Kirk Marcolina

    Kirk Marcolina has worked in television and documentary for over 25 years as a Producer, Director and Editor. Kirk’s features include Limited Partnership and The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne,…

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    Lecturer – Documentary

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Dr Marty Murphy

    Dr Marty Murphy is acting Senior Lecturer in Story at AFTRS with over ten ...

    Dr Marty Murphy

    Dr Marty Murphy is acting Senior Lecturer in Story at AFTRS with over ten years of teaching at the school. An alumnus of the school’s directing course, Dr Murphy has…

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    Staff Member of Council; Program Convenor – BA

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    Teaching & Learning, Council

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    Megan Simpson Huberman

    Megan Simpson Huberman is a writer, director, development consultant, scri...

    Megan Simpson Huberman

    Megan Simpson Huberman is a writer, director, development consultant, script editor, story producer and senior development, production, and creative executive in the Australian screen industry. She has written, directed, and…

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    Lecturer - Directing

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Michael Philips

    After qualifying as an architect, Michael worked for the Zimbabwean Minist...

    Michael Philips

    After qualifying as an architect, Michael worked for the Zimbabwean Ministry of Housing before entering the film industry in the 1980s as a set designer. Thirty years on he has…

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    Senior Lecturer – Image

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Milena Romanin

    Milena Romanin is AFTRS Alumni from both the Editing department and more r...

    Milena Romanin

    Milena Romanin is AFTRS Alumni from both the Editing department and more recently the Producing department. She has over 20 years of professional experience in the Editing department as First…

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    Post-Production Coordinator

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    Production, Technology & Infrastructure, Teaching & Learning

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    Partho Sen-Gupta

    Partho Sen-Gupta is a film writer and director. Born in Mumbai, they worke...

    Partho Sen-Gupta

    Partho Sen-Gupta is a film writer and director. Born in Mumbai, they worked as art director and production designer on feature films, TV series and commercials in India. Partho is…

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    Senior Lecturer – Directing

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Pearl Tan

    Pearl Tan was born in Perth, Western Australia. She is the founder and dir...

    Pearl Tan

    Pearl Tan was born in Perth, Western Australia. She is the founder and director of Pearly Productions, creating independent films with a focus on diversity. She was named one of…

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    Senior Lecturer – Character & Performance

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Robbie Miles

    Robbie Miles is an AFTRS alumnus (Graduate Certificate: Screen Drama – D...

    Robbie Miles

    Robbie Miles is an AFTRS alumnus (Graduate Certificate: Screen Drama – Directing & Screenwriting, 2009) and an experienced producer and development executive. Robbie spent several years working in Los Angeles…

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    Senior Lecturer – Production

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Simeon Bryan

    Simeon Bryan is an accomplished cinematographer who has worked with great ...

    Simeon Bryan

    Simeon Bryan is an accomplished cinematographer who has worked with great success across the full spectrum of film and broadcast industries. His training began in London in 1984 working as…

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    Senior Lecturer – Image

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Taryn La Fauci

    Taryn La Fauci is Radio Program Coordinator at The Australian Film, Televi...

    Taryn La Fauci

    Taryn La Fauci is Radio Program Coordinator at The Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), responsible for the coordination of AFTRS Radio and Podcasting courses. With over 14 years’…

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    A/g Student Engagement Manager

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    People & Culture, Teaching & Learning

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    Tony Rasmussen

    Tony is an experienced radio professional with a rich and varied experienc...

    Tony Rasmussen

    Tony is an experienced radio professional with a rich and varied experience in broadcasting and multimedia across a 40 year career at the ABC. With a Bachelor of Arts in…

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    Senior Lecturer – Radio

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Louise Hajjar

    A people focused Timetabling Manager with an eye for detail, Louise naviga...

    Louise Hajjar

    A people focused Timetabling Manager with an eye for detail, Louise navigates the complexities and nuances of arts education to deliver and maintain the scheduling requirements for the school. With…

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    Head of Program Resourching

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Fiona Whalley

    As the AFTRS’ Timetable Resource Coordinator, Fiona is able to share her...

    Fiona Whalley

    As the AFTRS’ Timetable Resource Coordinator, Fiona is able to share her passion for collaborating with others to problem solve, improve processes and develop new procedures with tangible results. Fiona…

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    Timetabling Resource Coordinator

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    Teaching & Learning