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A still from 'Switch on the Night' | Dir. Alejandra Canales

Explore Documentary: AFTRS seeks to produce the next generation of professional documentary makers, dedicated practitioners who are able to negotiate their place in the rapidly evolving non-fiction landscape.

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Why study Documentary at AFTRS

Our Documentary graduates have screened their features and shorts all over the world, with some winning major prizes. AFTRS’ documentary department is committed to continuing its success in generating significant industry opportunities for our students.

Expand your documentary production knowledge

Expand your understanding of documentary production, from conception to pitching to shooting.

Develop your creative skill-set

Develop an adaptable, creative skill-set. Learn to document your process, and analyse how your practice engages with contemporary screen culture and its emerging trends and technologies.

Career opportunities

The Master of Arts Screen: Documentary will equip you with specialist knowledge and collaborative experience in documentary production, propelling you towards a creative leadership role in the global documentary industry.

Many of our graduates have become leaders in the Australian documentary industry. AFTRS documentary alumni include: Robert Nugent, End of the Rainbow (2007); Rebecca Barry, I Am A Girl (2013); Sascha Ettinger-Epstein, The Oasis (2008), The Pink House (2017); Madeleine Hetherton, The Surgery Ship (2017), Larissa Behrendt, After the Apology (2017); Hollie Fifer, The Opposition (2016).

Meet Your Tutors

Rich Welch

Rich Welch is an experienced documentary curator, filmmaker and lecturer. As Festival Co-Director of the Antenna Documentary Film Festival, Rich…

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Alejandra Canales

Dr. Alejandra Canales is an award-winning film director, producer with more than 15 years’ experience working in the Australian Film…

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