WA Screen Academy

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The Western Australian Screen Academy (also known as WA Screen Academy) is situated within the School of Communications and Arts at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia. The WA Screen Academy (WASA) offers one of Australia’s most outstanding advanced-level training programs in screen production. Operating in a unique partnership with the renowned Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), WASA benefits from close collaboration with this vibrant creative community of actors, designers and composers. The intensive, one-year course develops students’ practical skills and creative vision across a range of formats including drama, documentary, magazine/lifestyle, multi-cam, music videos and multi-platform content. Graduates accumulate 10-12 significant credits working on high-quality productions using state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, taught and mentored by leading industry professionals. Students study at either a Bachelors or Masters level. The WA Screen Academy has an excellent record of preparing graduates for employment in the industry. Graduates have become writers, production staff and crew on a number of renowned Australian drama series and documentary productions, have secured feature film funding and more. The program is delivered on the Mount Lawley campus of Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia. Perth is a vibrant city of 1.7 million and the centre of a robust screen industry. The WA Screen Academy year runs over 40 teaching weeks from mid-February to the end of November, with a two-week mid-year break. This intensive year of study is equivalent to three university semesters or 1.5 years. Mid-year entry (late July) is available in special circumstances.

"The WA Screen Academy fosters the highest levels of creative inquiry, intellectual rigour and craft excellence in a supportive and exciting environment. It is dedicated to incubating the individuals and teams who will become the movers and shakers of the screen production industry. Many graduates have remarked that their time at the WA Screen Academy was the most challenging and rewarding year of their lives. It is great to hear from them and their employers that their experiences gave them an exceptional foundation to flourish in the professional industry. The atmosphere is electric with the students’ energy, their desire to excel and their commitment to collaborate with others to create work that will be a source of pride." Franco Di Chiera Director WA Screen Academy


  • 2014: Official selection Kinoproba Film Festival Russia: Water
  • 2014: Winner: New Talents: Down Under Berlin Film Festival: Juliet
  • 2014: Winner: Action Short Film Festival California 2014: One Player
  • 2014Winner: Palm Springs International Shortsfest: Juliet
  • 2014 Winner: WA Screen Awards Best Tertiary Film Broken
  • 2014 Winner Best Short Documentary Armadale Film Fest: Balloon Man
  • 2014 Short documentary the Truth About The Monkeys wins best documentary at the Women Film Something festival in Sydney
  • 2013: Voted 2nd in the international Best Film School poll from Reelshow magazine
  • 2013: Graduate Gabrielle Cole wins internship in Los Angeles and New York City
  • 2013: Nine network Australia confirm generous sponsorship of the WA Screen Academy
  • 2011: Graduate Sam Barrett directs feature film Sororal[1]
  • 2010: Graduate Sam Barrett directs feature film Esoterica[2]
  • 2010: The doco Painful Bliss is selected for the Bondi Short Film Festival[3]
  • 2010: Short film Stuffed wins ATOM Award for Best Tertiary Short Fiction[4]
  • 2010: Ten films and docos selected for the Dungog Film Festival[5]
  • 2010: Academy Director John Rapsey wins WA Screen Award for Outstanding Contribution to Industry[6]
  • 2010: Graduate Mike Hoath wins WA Young Filmmaker of the Year[7]
  • 2010: Graduate Magda Wozniak wins WA Screen Award for Best Screenplay[8]
  • 2009: The short The Bucks' Party and the documentary The Bubbleologist selected for the Bondi Short Film Festival
  • 2008: Graduate Sam Barrett directs feature film No Through Road[9]
  • 2008: Graduate Paul Komadina directs feature film Director's Cut[10]
  • 2007: The short Postcard Vernosti receives Honours at California's ActionCut Festival[11]
  • 2007: The short Postcard Vernosti receives Merit Award at Australian Shorts Festival[12]


  1. ^ "Sororal No Slasher Fest". 
  2. ^ "Esoterica Preview". 
  3. ^ "Film and Television Institute : News and Articles". Fti.asn.au. 2010-11-16. Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  4. ^ "ATOM Award winners". ScreenWest. 2010-10-27. Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  5. ^ "Big Dugong show for WA - The West Australian". Au.news.yahoo.com. 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  6. ^ "News". WA Screen Awards. Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  7. ^ "News". WA Screen Awards. Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  8. ^ "News". WA Screen Awards. Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  9. ^ "No Through Road". 
  10. ^ "WA Screen Academy graduates win major grants - Inside Film: Film and Television Industry News and Issues for Australian Content Creators". If.com.au. Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  11. ^ "Action/Cut Short Film Competition - 2007 Finalists & Semi-Finalists". Actioncut.com. 2007-08-15. Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  12. ^ "Past Winners". Shorts Film Festival. Retrieved 2010-11-25. 

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