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General

AFTT is located at 41 Holt Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010. Nestled within the leafy, café-lined streets of Surry Hills in the heart of Sydney, the campus is a short five-minute walk from Central Station and Railway Square and can easily be accessed by bus and train.

Put simply: industry relevance, our cross-disciplinary campus and the fact we operate in a real-world environment. We pride ourselves on being industry relevant and current, and we ensure that we are by employing current industry professionals as our tutors and through our partnerships with industry organizations including the iconic Belvoir St Theatre and engagement of current film industry professionals. Our standards are also up held by what the industry expects and requires. This at times, puts pressure on students, in terms of quality of work, attendance and communication; however all our graduates have said that is by far the greatest attribute of AFTT. It is by holding our practice, our delivery content and expectations of our students by these industry standards that AFTT is second to none. 

CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media
 
Industry focus areas of;
ACTING, 
FILM, and/or 
LIVE PRODUCTION
 
1 academic year, over 2 semesters
 
CUA60615 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media
 
Industry focus areas of;
ACTING, 
FILM, and/or 
LIVE PRODUCTION
 
2 academic years, over 4 semesters
 
*Following the successful completion of AFTT’s CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media in the industry focus areas of Acting, Film and Live Production, the graduate is invited to apply for admission into AFTT’s CUA60615 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media, in the industry focus areas of Acting, Film and/or Live Production.   Full recognition will be given to successful applicants for any common units completed in the Diploma, allowing them to complete one further year of full time training to be awarded the Advanced Diploma.
While our courses are comprehensive programs with dedicated student and employment outcomes, we also understand that you may wish to pursue higher level studies.
 
COURSE PATHWAYS – Diploma to Advanced Diploma
 
CUA51015 to CUA60615
Pathway requirements:  
 
Successful completion of an application and interview    
Successful completions of AFTT’s CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media in the industry focus areas of       Acting, Film and Live Production.
 
Following the successful completion of AFTT’s CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media in the industry focus areas of Acting, Film and Live Production, the graduate is invited to apply for admission into AFTT’s CUA60615 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media, in the industry focus areas of Acting, Film and/or Live Production.  Full recognition will be given to successful applicants for any common units completed in the Diploma, allowing them to complete one further year of full time training to be awarded the Advanced Diploma.
 
JMC Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film and Television)
Film Articulation
 
Following successful completion of the CUA60615 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media in the industry focus area of film, AFTT also offers an articulation into a Bachelor of Creative Arts at JMC. Graduates can choose to study at any of the JMC campuses whether that be Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne. 
 
JMC Academy’s Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film and Television), will enable AFTT graduates to build on their training at AFTT exposing them to new genres, cutting edge platforms, self-promotion and professional development training, RED EPIC-W™ HELIUM™ 8K S35 BRAIN cameras, internships, overseas study tours and of course, more opportunities to make more amazing films. 
 
There are countless career opportunities for graduates of AFTT.  They include, but are not limited to:
 

ACTING

Act on your passion and become a…
Film Actor, television actor, theatre actor, voice over artist for film or radio, animation or computer-generated (CGI) character actor, live entertainment performer, motion-capture actor, filmmaker/storyteller, television commercial (TVC) actor.

LIVE PRODUCTION

Act on your passion and become a…
Stage manager, assistant stage manager, lighting programmer, lighting operator/crew, sound design, sound operator/crew, props master, audio-visual operator/crew.

FILM

Act on your passion and become a…
Screenwriter, director, editor, producer, production manager, executive producer, camera department, assistant director, post-production supervisor, story editor, script supervisor, feature writer, sound recordist, TVC or music video director, development executive.

All full-time programs require you to be on campus three days per week for face to face training with an additional one day per week for project and production preparation. During rehearsal and production times throughout the year you may be required to be on campus over and above this. 

There are two intakes each year – one in February and one in July. Have a look at the Intake and Census page for further information. 

This varies depending on the course you are interested in taking. Fee information for students can be found at domestic and international students.

Our courses are delivered by Australia’s leading creative arts tutors, all of who have achieved their own successes in the industry, and who continue to work in a professional capacity. Our tutors have starred, directed, produced and collaborated on leading productions both in Australia and overseas. Their teaching methods are complemented by acclaimed guest directors & actors and by a collaborative network of professionals.

Check out our tutor profiles here.

You can apply anytime; we receive applications throughout the year. Once you have completed the application form online, the recruitment team will be in contact with you to confirm an interview or audition time. 

Contrary to popular belief, there are plenty of opportunities in the acting and film industry. In this modern age the industry is bigger than ever before and continues to grow at a healthy rate. Other than film, TV and theatre opportunities, social media platforms offer countless avenues for actors and performers – there are countless blog’s, short films, web-episodes and channels, not to mention Facebook content. Plus the advertising industry is a huge employer of actors and performers thanks to ever-growing platforms and audience reach. In fact, never before have fresh facfes been so in demand.

It's also worth remembering that the skills acquired in acting and performing are also hugely transferable. Skills such as public speaking, corporate hosting, event management and retail and hospitality industries all require poise, self-confidence, and self-esteem. 

With society’s exponential hunger for content, screenwriters, directors, producers and cinematographers are in huge demand. Our film school students are in the industry of content creation, and that is a hugely profitable genre – think about the amount of content you see everyday, from Facebook ads to YouTube and Instagram, podcasts to mainstream news networks, current affair stories and self-help videos. Plus, there is vast capacity for on-demand TV and online content (Netflix/Stan). 

Ultimately though, hard work, motivation and recognising opportunities when they are presented to you are the most important factors for any graduate finding success. 

We cannot guarantee employment; no film or acting school does or can. We encourage our film students to enter their films in festivals all around the world and, that has a fantastic success rate. 

What we do provide our students with is the skills to network within the professional industry and the exposure to a range of industry professionals during the course, so the student can gain as many contacts as possible.
AFTT hosts in-house productions, screening nights and encourages industry icons to attend. We also encourage our film students to enter their films in festivals all around the world and, that has a fantastic success rate. 

The Academy of Film, Theatre and Television, AFTT was the result of merging the two elite institutions.
 
The unification of ACTT and IFSS into Australia’s leading creative arts academy is bold, brave and reality shifting. It opens up unparalleled opportunities for current and prospective students, together with staff and the broader community, to be the driving force behind this daring evolution.

Never before have so many changes happened so quickly in our industry with AFTT being created to take full advantage of the rapid and ongoing advancements in technology within new media, as well as to respond to the increased diversity and dynamism in the global film, television and theatre economy.
 
To empower industry ready graduates with real-world understanding of their craft, we need to be ahead of the curve. By consolidating these two prestigious schools beneath one banner we will forge a comprehensive, more responsive institution that features all key disciplines of our industry – from cinematography to live event production,  acting for stage and screen, and screenwriting, directing and producing.

Founded on passion, inspiration, adventure and creative excellence, AFTT will be an environment in which to collaborate and work together as artists. Its creation is a courageous evolution that will position us at the forefront of Australia’s creative arts industry, and allow us to become a leading force within the global entertainment education market.

Rest assured that all students will continue to learn and receive support from the same dedicated team of tutors, student recruitment advisors and administrators you may have already met.

Entry to the program can be completed by applying online or submitting a form directly to the campus. 

The recruitment team will then be in touch to confirm your audition date (Acting) or interview (Film/ Live Production).

All programs at AFTT require applicants to have completed a senior secondary certificate of education / HSC Certificate or Year 12 equivalent. If the applicant does not hold any of the above, recruitment staff will discuss other options on a case-by-case basis only.

 

No tertiary institution would be capable of guaranteeing graduate employment beyond their studies. What we can guarantee is that students will receive the highest level of tuition during their study with us. They will be immersed in a creative and vibrant environment with like-minded students.

During their working life, graduates will undoubtedly find themselves working across a variety of industries. We therefore accept that our goal is to not only produce talented graduates, but those who can remain productive throughout. This is achieved not only through the specialised skills taught within our courses, but through the development of soft skills such as collaboration, analysis and effective communication. 

There are no scholarships for students currently available.

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