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Behind the scenes of 'Suburban Wildlife' | Dir. Imogen McCluskey | Photo: Chelsea Thistlewaite

Explore Directing: In our digital world, the skills and capabilities demanded of the director are increasingly complex. AFTRS helps you to master your directing skill-set. 

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Why study Directing at AFTRS

You will be given the opportunity to develop your practice and career path as a screen director while gaining access to world-class mentors, lecturers and practitioners. You will work with other highly-skilled creatives including cinematographers, writers, producers, designers and editors across several workshops and projects to realise your vision.

Hone your craft

Hone your craft by working with leading industry practitioners

Perfect your creative skill-set

Develop an adaptable, creative skill-set

Career opportunities

Over the past 40 years, AFTRS directing graduates have received critical acclaim and have won or been nominated for a slate of awards. Notable alumni include: Jane Campion, nominated for BAFTA and Emmy Awards for Top of the Lake (2013 – 2014) and nominated for an Academy Award as Best Director for The Piano (1994); Gillian Armstrong, winner of AFI and London Critics Circle Film Awards for My Brilliant Career (1979), received critical acclaim for Little Women (1994) and Oscar and Lucinda (1997), winner of Australian Director’s Guild Awards for Love, Lust and Lies (2010); Chris Noonan, Academy Award-nominated for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for Babe (1996); Cate Shortland, winner of Best Director at AACTA Awards for Somersault (2004) and Berlin Syndrome (2017).