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Master of Arts Screen: Sound

AFTRS-Australian Film Television and Radio School


About the Course

In the MA Screen: Sound, you will explore sound as a medium. Through a combination of practice-based learning and theory, you will critically evaluate the techniques and technologies of sound production and design. You will learn that knowledge is no substitute for ideas, courage and experimentation, which will be nurtured throughout the process. You will be encouraged to challenge norms and build a critically informed, creative practice with a view to contemporary screen production, future platforms and changing work practices.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
Sound carries much of a film’s meaning and emotion. Sound practitioners need to understand sound as a medium in itself, but also how sound can be produced, edited and manipulated with the image, to engage and inform, to communicate with and create an emotional response in an audience.

Through a combination of practice-based learning and theory, you will critically evaluate the techniques and technologies of sound production and design. Implicit in this learning is the understanding that knowledge in itself is no substitute for ideas, courage and experimentation, which will be nurtured throughout the process. We encourage a culture that is challenging and supportive of critically informed creative practice, a view to both contemporary screen production and future platforms and ways of working.

Throughout your first year, through key creative and technical workshops, you will drill deep into your craft, develop rigour and strive for excellence. Industry practitioners will contribute to the coursework program, providing insights into their practice. In small, cross-disciplinary groups, you will collaborate with your Masters colleagues to develop an adaptable, creative skill-set and a shared vocabulary for cinematic storytelling.

In your second year, you will embark upon a funded creative project using AFTRS’ extensive production facilities to realise your vision. You will learn to document and analyse your process through research workshops leading to a four-week professional placement at the end of your degree.

WHAT MAKES AFTRS’ MA SCREEN UNIQUE

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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