AFTT Story

Our Story

The Academy of Film, Theatre & Television is the ultimate sequel and the freshest new act in a long running and highly acclaimed production. 

A groundbreaking collaboration between two of Australia’s longest standing private institutions – the Actors College of Theatre & Television (ACTT) and the International Film School Sydney (IFSS) – AFTT is Australia’s most immersive contemporary creative arts academy.

Ahead of the curve

AFTT is founded on passion, adventure and creative excellence, and we ask our students to be fearless in pursuit of their dreams. We pride ourselves on the unlimited creative and collaborative opportunities that exist for our students and staff to push their creativity to its limit across a complete spectrum of interrelated disciplines.

Our top-tier industry-relevant training includes cinematography, acting, stage management, live production, performance, screenwriting, directing, producing and more. We are adaptive, innovative and flexible, with courses designed to take full advantage of the rapid and ongoing advancements in new media technology.

So whatever your dream – to manage, perform, produce, direct, sing, dance or design – the Academy of Film, Theatre & Television promises to deliver you into the heart of the industry, highly trained, experienced and ready to impress.

Our history

For over 20 years, ACTT and IFSS have launched countless acclaimed careers in film, television and theatre, both in Australian and internationally. Their alliance, and the birth of the Academy of Film, Theatre & Television (AFTT) in 2016, builds on this prestige and takes it to the next level – the creation of a dynamic, skills-based learning environment that offers a full spectrum of creative arts disciplines. 

Our future

AFTT is a broad-focused, dynamic, world-class learning environment, and our vision is long reaching – to produce industry ready graduates with a real-world understanding of their craft for whom employability in the industry is a realistic and attainable goal. 

To do that, we need to be ahead of the curve, an adaptive, innovative and flexible learning environment with a cross-disciplinary ability to respond and to think outside the square. 

To succeed, graduates need practical hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship from industry professionals. Our intense and wholly immersive environment is designed to ensure AFTT excels in production-focused, professional teaching and training in all disciplines within our multifaceted industry. 

Thanks to the industry conditions of the Academy and the latent knowledge of directors, tutors and students, our graduates emerge with an inherent understanding of the global film, theatre and TV economy; and they leave primed to succeed on the world stage. 

Our culture

Founded on passion, inspiration, adventure and creative excellence, at AFTT our strength is derived from our community. Thanks to the cross-disciplinary nature of the Academy, our students, staff and management connect and collaborate together on a daily basis and this creates an exciting, inspiring and engaged space in which to work, learn and create. 

The AFTT community is made up of creatively focused like-minded individuals, drawn from current and past students, tutors, directors, consultants, and a supportive and dedicated student recrutiment and administration team. Our extended friends and esteemed partners from the creative industry at large include the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), University of New England (UNE), Belvoir Street Theatre, Bondi Pavilion, Randwick Ritz, L.A. film festival, Cannes Film Festival, Director Guild, and the Cinematographers Guild to name a few. Our industry networks are strong and growing, and our high-value graduate prodeuctions are routinely well attended by luminaries in the business. 

We will always encourage our students to live and breathe their passion, be fearless in pursuit of their dreams, and to dream big. Watching them succeed in the global film and TV industry is what makes us tick. 

Our philosophy

At AFTT we believe in success. We believe in thinking outside the square, pushing the limits and daring to imagine. With a highly supportive and nurturing approach we believe in helping our students aspire to greatness, giving them the best possible foundation to become an integral part of the global film and TV industry. 

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