At the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), students become adaptable creative artists trained to tell and share Australian stories. 

24 June 2019

Our latest video dives into the world of AFTRS and what sets them apart to create the next generation of storytellers. AFTRS Director of Curriculum and the Student Registrar, Nell Greenwood tells us how AFTRS helps students develop their skills.   

In a time when the digital landscape is changing so often, Nell says AFTRS researches and listens to industry to establish what the skills gaps are and how their courses can meet industry needs.

‘We all know like in the rising age of automation, creativity is something that's going to be this incredibly vital skill. High level creativity is about collaboration. It's about complex problem solving. It's working together to a really specific outcome,’ said Nell.

‘If you think about design and editing and sound, and how all these elements have to work together, it's an extraordinary thing when it's working well. That all these people are coming together and really digging deep into who they are, and their experience and their hearts and their souls to work together to this common end.’

AFTRS began in 1973 as the Film and Television School and grew to include radio in 1986. The School has fostered talent which is evident in their impressive alumni including Gillian Armstrong, Jane Campion, Warwick Thornton and Andrew Lesnie. 

‘So really strong, complex Australian storytelling that reflects a diverse range of stories, is really critical to us understanding who we are as a country. Who we are as a nation, and embracing the complex, challenging history that we've had,’ said Nell. 

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AFTRS is a portfolio agency of the Department of Communications and the Arts.

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