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Directing

Explore Directing: IN OUR DIGITAL WORLD, THE SKILLS AND CAPABILITIES REQUIRED OF THE CONTEMPORARY SCREEN DIRECTOR ARE MULTI-FACETED. THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE MA DIRECTING COURSE LEADS TO A MASTERY OF SCREEN DIRECTING SKILL-SETS AND EFFECTIVE, ETHICAL LEADERSHIP IN THE DIRECTING ROLE.

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Why study Directing at AFTRS

Develop your screen directing skills, learning from world-class mentors, lecturers and screen practitioners. Work and learn with cinematographers, actors, writers, producers, designers, editors, composers and sound designers within carefully scaffolded workshops and collaborative projects.

Find your voice

Develop your creative practice towards a future-focused, inclusive approach to screen culture.

Towards mastery

Develop agility and a sense of equanimity as a screen director.

Career opportunities

Over the past 45 years, AFTRS Directing alumni have been nominated for a slew 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), and winner of Australian Director’s Guild Awards for Love, Lust & Lies (2010); Chris Noonan, nominated for an Academy Award Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for Babe (1996); Cate Shortland, winner of Best Director at the AACTA Awards for Somersault (2004) and Berlin Syndrome (2017) and recently the Marvel/Disney movie Black Widow; Shannon Murphy, director of Venice Film Festival Prize winner, Babyteeth and episodes of Killing Eve’s third season; Samuel Van Grinsven, director of AACTA-nominated Sequin in a Blue Room and current AFTRS Head of Directing, Rowan Woods, winner of AFI and BAFTA Awards for his feature films and TV.

Meet your Lecturers

Rowan Woods

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

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Pearl Tan

Pearl Tan was born in Perth, Western Australia. She is the founder and director of Pearly Productions, creating independent films…

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Amber Todd

Amber was born in Dunedin, New Zealand and moved to Australia to complete an acting degree at NIDA in 2004.…

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Megan Simpson Huberman

Megan Simpson Huberman is a writer, director, development consultant, script editor, story producer and senior development, production, and creative executive…

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