Australian Film, Television and Radio School
|Motto||"Leading the Way- Behind the Scenes Training"|
|Film, television and radio|
|Undergraduates||Bachelor of Arts (Screen)|
|Postgraduates||Grad Cert, Grad Dip, MSA, MAR, MSAB|
|Location||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|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".
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 1975 Gough Whitlam helped to create funding agencies to support the film school.
Academy Award success
Four AFTRS Student Films have been nominated for Academy Awards®:
- 'Inja'(2000) Directed by Steve Pasvolsky. Produced by Joanne Weatherstone.
- 'Birthday Boy'(2003) Directed by Sejong Park. Produced by Andrew Gregory
- 'The Saviour' Directed by Peter Templeman. Produced by Stuart Parkyn
- 'Emily' Student Academy Award (2010) Directed by Ben Mathews. Produced by Simon Moore
Three AFTRS Alumni winners of Academy Awards®
- Jane Campion: Best Original Screenplay,'The Piano'
- Andrew Lesnie: Best Achievement in Cinematography,'The Lord of the Rings'
- Dion Beebe: Best Achievement in Cinematography,'Memoirs of a Geisha'
Five AFTRS alumni nominated for Academy Awards®
- Dion Beebe: Best Achievement in Cinematography,'Chicago'
- Jane Campion: Best Director, 'The Piano'
- Chris Noonan: Best Director, 'Babe'
- Pip Karmel Best Editing, 'Shine'
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.
AFTRS is the only screen and broadcast school in the world to cater for all of the specialisations under one the one roof. The campus includes: a Full size 5.1 sound theatre (seats 126), state-of-the-art mix theatre, two large professional film and television studios, film studios, state-of-the-art sound recording studios, ten sound editing suites, four screen music composition suites, offline and online editing suites, Video-post department that provides broadcast quality dubbing, HD Avid Adrenaline online editing, Scenarist DVD authoring, web streaming and multicam production services, computer labs, tech store, props store & costume support, Grip trucks with Movietech Arco dolly and accessories, Stand-by Props truck, production design construction workshop, three on-air digital radio broadcasting studios. 
Courses and admission
Admission into AFTRS degree courses is competitive and based on merit selection. Places are limited. Current offerings include:
- Master of Screen Arts (full-time)
- Graduate Certificates in areas of specialisation (part-time)
- Undergraduate degree: Bachelor of Arts (Screen) with fourth year honours (full-time)
- Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas in specialist craft areas for specific (part-time)
- CEO: Neil Peplow
- Chief Operations Officer: Ann Browne
- Director of Award Courses: Martin Brown
- Director of Technology & Infrastructure: Tim Sadler
- Director of AFTRS Open Short Courses: Liz Hughes
Screen: Sarah Stollman, Samantha Lang, Catherine Gleeson, Marty Murphy, Robert Klenner, Matthew Campora, Andrew Belletty, Nell Greenwood, Rachel Landers, David Court, Gabiann Marin, Martin Armiger, Kim Batterham, Mark Warner, Holly Lyons, Steve Vidler, Daphne Paris, Erika Addis, Marian McGowan
Radio: Lisa Sweeney, Fyona Smith, Katya Quigley
The entire list of AFTRS graduates by year, from 1973 to now, can be viewed on the School's website:
- Gillian Armstrong
- Alex Proyas
- Jane Campion
- Phillip Noyce
- Rolf de Heer
- Rowan Woods
- Daniel Krige
- Mario Andreacchio
- Michael James Rowland
- Ivan Sen
- Alister Grierson
- Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (2008-09-15). "Arts training bodies". Retrieved 2008-10-03.