Master of Screen Arts

Australian Film, Television and Radio School
Australia
Qualification
Master's Degree
Study mode
Full-time
Duration
32 weeks
Intakes
February
Tuition fee (local)
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Tuition fee (foreign)
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Entry Requirements

  • Demonstrate a high degree of originality or technical ability in their specialisation.
  • Relevant tertiary qualification, and/or appropriate experience at an equivalent level deemed to equate to Australian Qualifications Framework Level 8.
  • Students can specialise in directing (animation, drama or documentary), screenwriting, producing, production design, cinematography, sound design, screen music, or editing.

Curriculum

  • Incubator - In Incubator, students create or develop an original screen project. The project may be discrete, a “work-in-progress” or a proof of concept or prototype for a larger future project. Students critically reflect on project elements such as story, character, concept, story world, structure, visual approach, genre, platform(s) and market positioning. Students engage in self-directed research, explore antecedents and industry specific techniques and will apply them to the development of their project. This is an opportunity for students to be resilient and adventurous in how they synthesise their specialist skills with their unique artistic perspective to create and develop original, authentic, complex and coherent stories for screen.
  • Advanced Screen Practice 1 - Advanced Screen Practice supports the development of skills necessary for the students to realise their final projects to a high level of professional practice. This subject is an intense exploration of the process of producing stories for the screen, focusing on the student’s area of speciality. Students undertake a combination of self-directed study and practical coursework to apply and critically evaluate their advanced knowledge and the skills and techniques of their craft.
  • Advanced Screen Studies - Advanced Screen Studies provides students with the opportunity to explore key topics in screen arts and industries that are highly relevant to their own creative practice and future careers. The subject develops students’ capacities for understanding and debating the complexities of the creative and professional context of their work, and presents them with outstanding and innovative thinkers, inspirational work and evocative ideas that help shape the context in which they work.
  • Screen Arts Research - This framework for research investigates traditional, observational and emergent research methodologies. It provides the tools necessary in writing bibliographies, literature reviews, and the final project exegesis, and in the presentation of research. Students learn approaches to research that support the creative development of their final project through researching stories, themes, creative process, and all stages of production.
  • Advanced Screen Practice 2 - Advanced Screen Practice further supports the development of skills necessary for the students to realise their final projects to a high level of professional practice. This subject is an intense exploration of the process of producing stories for the screen, focusing on the student’s area of speciality. Students undertake a combination of self-directed study and practical coursework to apply and critically evaluate their advanced knowledge and the skills and techniques of their craft.
  • Final Project - In this subject students realise their original screen project as developed in Incubator, according to their vision and expertise within their specialist discipline. As a component of the final project, students write an exegesis that reflects on, synthesises and consolidates their story ideas, insights, research and experiences. The final project is an opportunity for students to be resilient, innovative and entrepreneurial in how they synthesise their specialist skills with their unique imaginative perspective to create original, authentic and coherent work through storytelling. Students are supported by regular tutorials with their AFTRS Supervisor to identify and resolve challenges in their final project realisation, and with Screen Studies staff to provide a framework for the research and writing of the exegesis that will enrich the student's development and insight into their project’s subjects, themes, creative principles and audiences.

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