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AFTRS and TAFE NSW work together to boost screen industries

TAFE NSW and the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) are working together to increase pathways for graduates across the state to study at the nation’s leading film school, skill up and get their start in the screen industries.

Applications from TAFE NSW Diploma of Screen and Media students for the AFTRS Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production are open now, and successful candidates will be granted advanced standing in the program. This means eligible graduates of the TAFE NSW Diploma of Screen and Media will be able to apply for entry directly into Year 2 of the AFTRS Bachelor of Arts: Screen Production program.

This collaboration is part of the implementation of AFTRS’ Creating the Future strategy, rooted in a shared commitment to nurturing talent and providing many pathways into the screen industries by equipping the next generation of creative professionals with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in the rapidly evolving creative industries.

AFTRS’ Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production was developed specifically in response to the needs of employers across the sector, training graduates who are multi-faceted, adaptable and job ready, skilled to work across variety of entry-level roles and platforms. Taking up positions such as camera trainee, grip or assistant editor, more than 85% of AFTRS’ Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production graduates are working in the industry within six months of course completion.

The TAFE NSW Diploma of Screen and Media prepares students with foundational skills and knowledge in screen and media production and currently trains students across NSW with campuses spanning Sydney, Western Sydney, Newcastle, Northern Rivers and Wollongong.

David Balfour, Director of Teaching and Learning said: “The screen industry is booming. The BA is closing the gap between formal education and job-readiness in the very skills the sector most needs. This collaboration with TAFE NSW embodies our commitment to increasing pathways to access AFTRS’ unique, industry-focused programs. By granting direct entry to year 2 of AFTRS’ Bachelor program, we are providing new opportunities to the many talented graduates from TAFE NSW from all corners of New South Wales.”

Steve Bull, TAFE NSW Industry Innovation Specialist for the Creative Industries said: “TAFE NSW is thrilled to be working closely with AFTRS to provide a higher education pathway for our Diploma of Screen and Media graduates. It demonstrates our shared commitment to industry-aligned, practical training for the film and TV industries – a focus that has traditionally been a strength of TAFE NSW.”

“Our strategic goal as an organisation is to meet the evolving needs of industry and having pathways from vocational training to higher education are a critical part of that. I look forward to following the progress of the first round of graduates from TAFE NSW to AFTRS and into industry,” Mr Bull said.

Applications are open now, and close Tuesday 12 December at 11.59pm.