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Documentary

Still from ‘The Caretakers’ | Dir. Kate Vinen

Explore Documentary: LEARN THROUGH MAKING – THE MAS DOCUMENTARY COURSE PROVIDES THE SKILLS REQUIRED TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL DOCUMENTARY MAKERS IN A RAPIDLY EVOLVING MEDIA LANDSCAPE.

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Why study Documentary at AFTRS

In the digital era, documentary film and series have engaged and impacted international audiences like never before. You will direct at least four films during the MAS Documentary course, with shoots both on-location and at AFTRS world-class studios.

Documentary directing skillsets

Develop your directing and storytelling skills through hands-on specialist workshops, masterclasses and industry mentoring. This will deepen your understanding of documentary and best-practice collaborations, supporting you in becoming a creative leader.

Expand your knowledge

You will learn about visual storytelling and screen business, expanding your understanding of all aspects of documentary making – from story conception, development and pitching, through to shooting and editing and the marketplace/distribution. You will work closely with the Producers, Cinematographers and Editors to create market-ready projects.

DISCOVER YOUR VOICE

Develop an adaptable creative practice, with a future focused skillset. Learn to document your process and analyse how your practice engages with screen culture as a documentary maker.

Career opportunities

AFTRS Documentary graduates have screened their features and shorts all over the world, winning major prizes. Many 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 Lecturers

Richard Welch

Richard Welch is an experienced documentary curator, lecturer and filmmaker, with over 20 years’ experience in the screen media industry.…

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Dr. Alejandra Canales

Dr. Alejandra Canales is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with an extensive career in directing, producing, curating and programming, and teaching…

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