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.

Academy Award Success[edit]

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'


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.

AFTRS is the only screen arts and broadcast school in the world to cater for all of the specialisations under one Full size 5.1 sound theatre (seats 126), state-of-the-art mix theatre (seats 400, 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 qulaity 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. [3]

Courses and admission[edit]

Admission into AFTRS degree courses is competitive and based on merit selection. Current courses on offer in 2015 are: 1. A new three-year undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in Screen with fourth year honours (entry based on merit) 2. Par-time undergraduate level Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas,in the specialist screen arts and broadcast industry craft areas 3. Online introductory courses in Radio and Film. 4. Masters programs in the specialist screen arts disciplines.

Entry into all AFTRS courses, other than the online introductory courses is competitive and is based on merit selection. [4]

Executive Staff[edit]

CEO: Sandra Levy AM Director of Degree Programs: Ben Gibson Director of Specialist Programs: Martin Brown Director of Corporate Division: Ann Browne Director of Education: Francine Finnane Director of Technology & Infrastructure: Tim Sadler Director of AFTRS Open Short Courses: Liz Hughes


Teaching Staff[edit]

Sarah Stollman, Wendy Thompson, Vicki Sugars, Catherine Gleeson, Marty Murphy, Robert Klenner, Nell Greenwood, Allen Palmer, Mike Jones, Rachel Landers, Randall Wood, David Court, Gabiann Marin, Dian Wajon, Alan Chen, Martin Armiger, Christopher Gordon, Kirke Godfrey, Chris McKeith, Kim Batterham ACS, Erika Addis, Mark Warner, Phillipa Harvey, Lisa Sweeney, Fyona Smith, Jen Oldershaw

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The entire list of AFTRS graduates by year, from 1973 to now, can be viewed on the School's website:











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