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Documentary

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

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

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Why study Documentary at AFTRS

Since 2012 the documentary department at AFTRS has produced a slew of extraordinarily successful graduates whose features and shorts have screened all over the world, with some winning major prizes. The documentary department is committed to continuing its success in generating significant industry opportunities, networks and recognition for you.

Expand your documentary production knowledge

Explore applied documentary practice across different forms, expanding your understanding of all aspects of documentary production, from conception to pitching to large-scale production.

Develop your creative skill-set

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

Career opportunities

Many of our graduates have received development or production finance for long-form projects, leading to the release of feature and broadcast documentaries. Other graduates have gone on to secure significant roles at major production companies, or receive internships immediately upon graduation, both nationally and internationally. AFTRS documentary alumni include:Larissa Behrendt (feature documentary, After the Apology), Hollie Fifer (feature documentary, The Opposition), Sophie Weisner (ABC’s Call me Dad), and Logan Mucha (short documentary, Love is Love).