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Screenwriting

Behind the scenes of 'The Greenhouse' | Directed by Thomas Wilson-White | Photo: Nick Prokop

Explore Screenwriting: For over forty years, AFTRS has consistently produced screenwriting graduates who have enjoyed critical and commercial success – at home and abroad.

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Why study Screenwriting at AFTRS

By the end of this course, you will have the ability to generate work that is audience-focussed and distinctive – whether writing to a brief or developing original material. You will graduate a versatile storyteller, able to work across platforms in a rapidly evolving media landscape.

Hone your skill-set

Hone the complex skill-set demanded of screenwriters at the highest industry level.

Develop your screenplay

Develop a major creative work via intensive peer feedback, culminating in a developed screenplay.

Career opportunities

Each year Australian feature films, television and other screen media are testament to the impact of the AFTRS Screenwriting program. Screenwriting alumni include: Jane Campion, winner of an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Piano (1994); Tony McNamara, winner of a BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay and another for Best Film, and Academy Award nominee for Best Original Screenplay, all for The Favourite; Jacquelin Perske, Love My Way (2004-2005), Spirited (2010-2011), Seven Types of Ambiguity (2016); Michael Lucas, Offspring (2010-2014), Not Suitable for Children (2012); and Julie Kalceff, Starting from Now (2014-2016) and First Day (2017).

Meet Your Lecturers

Dr. Pieter Aquilia

Dr. Pieter Aquilia is a scriptwriter, script editor and director, who has combined her creative practice with a career in…

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Matthew Dabner

Trained at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, Matthew started his career in the story department at…

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