Boost your skill set with AFTRS Winter Intensives, June - July 2019

Katrina Hughes, 3rd June 2019
Whether you’re an industry professional needing to boost your skill set or just starting out and keen to explore a new side of your creativity, AFTRS Winter Intensives will give you relevant practical skills and knowledge to help you progress your career.


Book early for the 10% Early Bird discount. Enrolling now!


Feature Documentary, 17–21 June

  • Get serious about your feature length documentary idea and learn how to develop a project the correct industry standard way.

Lighting Intensive, 17–21 June

  • Learn basic lighting skills in cinematography and how they apply to the visualisation of a story or concept.

Narrative Comedy Intensive, 17–21 June

  • Tim Ferguson, one of Australia’s most successful comedians, unlocks the code to comedy writing.

Filmmaking Intensive, 24–28 June

  • Take a short film script from page to screen in just five days working in AFTRS’ state-of-the-art film studio and facilities.

Screenwriting Intensive, 24–28 June

  • Write a completed short film script in five days, while learning the fundamentals of screenwriting.

TV & Radio Presenting, 24–28 June

  • Develop your own unique, on-air personality and learn skills to progress your career in the media in this hands-on course.

Prop Making & Scenic Art, 01–05 July

  • Learn the practical skills required for scenic art, set finishing and prop-making for film and television productions.

Radio Studio, 01–05 July

  • Learn essential radio skills from experienced radio industry professionals and gain the confidence to begin your career in radio.

Writing for TV, 15–19 July

  • Learn the fundamentals to devise an original TV drama or comedy series, including basic plotting skills and how to generate ideas.


Enrolling now


Contact us: AFTRS, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park, Sydney, NSW 2021 /1300 065 281

AFTRS is a valued partner of the CBAA.

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