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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 domestically and internationally.

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Why study Screenwriting at AFTRS

Screenwriting will give you the ability to generate work that is audience-focused, innovative and distinctive whether writing to a brief or conceiving, developing and writing original material. You will graduate as an authentic and versatile storyteller able to work across platforms in the rapidly evolving media landscape.

Hone your skill-set

Hone the complex skill-set demanded of screenwriters at the highest industry level. Identify and refine your unique voice as a writer, considering this perspective in a cultural context.

Develop your screenplay

Develop a major creative work via intensive peer feedback, culminating in a developed screenplay/s. Industry practitioners contribute insights. Collaborate with your peers to develop a shared vocabulary.

Career opportunities

AFTRS Screenwriting graduates play an integral role in shaping the nature of Australian screen culture through successful internships and story development programs.  Several of our graduates hold executive positions at major production companies, and each year the screenwriting credits of Australian feature films, television and other screen media are testament to the impact of the AFTRS program.  Screenwriting alumni include: Jane Campion, winner of an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay The Piano (1994); Jacquelin Perske, Love My Way (2004 – 2005), Little Fish (2005), Spirited (2010 – 2011), Seven Types of Ambiguity (2016); Michael Lucas, Offspring (2010-2014), Not Suitable for Children (2012). AFTRS Master of Arts Screen: Screenwriting will give you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with these networks and to contribute to the canon of Australian screen culture.