Australian Film, Television and Radio School

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Australian Film, Television and Radio School
Motto "Leading the Way- Behind the Scenes Training"
Established 1973
Type Film school
Academic staff Film, television and radio
Undergraduates Foundation Diploma
Postgraduates Grad Cert, Grad Dip, MSA, MAR, MSAB
Location Sydney, New South Wales,  Australia
33°53′41″S 151°13′43″E / 33.8946°S 151.2285°E / -33.8946; 151.2285Coordinates: 33°53′41″S 151°13′43″E / 33.8946°S 151.2285°E / -33.8946; 151.2285
Campus The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

The Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) is Australia's national screen arts and broadcast school . The school is an Australian Commonwealth government statutory authority. It is a member of the "Australian Roundtable for Arts Training Excellence".[1]

AFTRS focus is to advance the success of Australia's screen arts and broadcast industries by developing the skills and knowledge of talented individuals and undertaking research.


Established in 1972 as part of the Commonwealth Government's strategy to promote the development of Australia's cultural activity, AFTRS was opened to students in 1973 with the first intake of 12 students including directors Gillian Armstrong, Phillip Noyce and Chris Noonan.

In 1973 Jerzy Toeplitz was appointed Foundation Director of the School and after six years in the role, was awarded the Order of Australia and the AFI's Raymond Longford Award.

In 1975 Gough Whitlam helped to create funding agencies to support the film school.

New school[edit]

For many years AFTRS was located in purpose-built premises at North Ryde, Sydney. In 2008 the school relocated to a purpose-built facility adjacent to Fox Studios, located inside the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park Sydney.

Courses and admission[edit]

Admission into award courses at AFTRS is competitive and based on merit selection. An undergraduate level course is offered in the form of the one-year full-time Foundation Diploma. As of 2015 AFTRS will offer a BA in Screen production which will take the form of a 3 year undergraduate degree with potential to undertake a fourth year of honours. Postgraduate award courses are organised around specialist teaching departments and are open only to Australian citizens and permanent residents of Australia.

Areas of Specialisation: Directing, Producing, Screenwriting, Documentary, Screen Business, Screen Culture, Digital Media, Cinematography, Editing, Screen Music, Sound, Screen Design, Radio.













  1. ^ Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (2008-09-15). "Arts training bodies". Retrieved 2008-10-03. 

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