Masters of Arts: Screen Animation

AFTRS-Australian Film Television and Radio School

About the Course

As Australia’s national film, television and radio school, AFTRS offers a unique individualised industry based training program where animation students are able to focus on high-end digital storytelling skills whilst working in partnership with producers, screenwriters, cinematographers, production designers, editors, sound designers and musicians to create world-class graduate films.


Throughout your first year, you will drill deep into storytelling through animation and the inverted production process typical of animation and visual effects productions. You will collaborate with cinematography, directing and production design departments. Industry practitioners will provide workshops throughout each collaboration, providing up-to-date professional training. The research component is designed to future-proof your career by developing an adaptable, creative skill-set exploring storytelling through emerging technologies and processes. 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. Through an intensive program of practical exercises and reflective seminars, you will be challenged to work across a variety of forms, briefs and projects to hone the skill-set that will allow you to master this art: problem solving in real-world situations; storytelling; respectful and constructive collaboration to achieve a shared creative brief; knowledge of the other departments and the iterative workflow that defines the animation development process.


This course is for applicants who wish to develop cinematic storytelling skills through animation and hybrid live-action and animation productions. Applicants should have experience and/or training in a related discipline (design, visual arts, media arts, etc) or already be working in the field and wish to transition into larger-scale interdisciplinary team-based productions.


The two-year MA Screen combines high-level discipline training with shared subjects that allow students to develop a flexible, multi-faceted skill set and a deep knowledge of cinematic storytelling. The ongoing cycle of practical, industry-led collaborations enables students to test their skills and apply creative thinking in real-world environments. The course culminates in a major creative work.

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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