Master of Arts Screen: Editing

AFTRS-Australian Film Television and Radio School

About the Course

The MA Screen: Editing provides you with the opportunity to learn by deep immersion in the craft of editing. Participating in an intensive cycle of creative tasks, you will build on your storytelling intuition, develop the technical know-how to realise your interpretation of a film, TV show or documentary and begin the journey to becoming an applied artist.

You will learn how to identify techniques for making audiences think and feel, while also making a technically and aesthetically cohesive work in AVID. You will learn about coverage, continuity, temp music and sound for the edit and all the various post-production stages, from grade to mix. You will learn how to shape an actor’s performance to best tell the narrative in the most moving way possible.

You will work closely with directors and producers and grasp the importance of working with post-production teams and managing your own assistants.


Throughout your first year  you will drill deep into your craft. Industry practitioners will contribute to the coursework program, providing insights into their practice. In small, cross-disciplinary groups, you will collaborate to develop an adaptable, creative skill-set and a shared vocabulary for cinematic storytelling. In your second year, you will embark upon an individual or collaborative project, using AFTRS facilities and funding, to realise your vision. You will screen to many audiences and test the realisation of your creative intentions. In the second half of the year, you will write a final positioning paper, which will help to form the basis of your pursuit of a preferred, four-week professional placement.

By the end of the course, you will be equipped with the skills to edit professional screen projects. You will develop a high-level reel or website of work created over the projects and collaborative exercises. 


The course is an intensive career accelerator designed to fast track students to head of department positions. Key features include:

  • One-to-one mentorships.
  • Taught by world-class industry practitioners.
  • Award-winning international guest speakers.
  • 4-week professional placement tailored to your goals.
  • Real world collaborative exercises to develop lasting partnerships.
  • Funding for an individual screen project.
  • Small class size - maximum of 6 places per discipline.
  • 3 days face-to-face teaching with 2 days free to pursue individual projects or work.
  • Scholarships available.
  • FEE Help approved.

AFTRS has a long and successful history of postgraduate study. It is consistently rated as one of the top 15 film schools in the world by industry publication The Hollywood Reporter, the only Australian education institution on this list. AFTRS works closely with industry to ensure its courses are relevant and future-focused. Our graduates are sought after by industry across the country and around the world and have won and been nominated for a slate of Academy, Golden Globe, Emmy, BAFTA and AACTA awards.


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