Australian Film, Television and Radio School

Australian Film, Television and Radio School
Motto "Leading the Way- Behind the Scenes Training"
Type Film school
Established 1973
Academic staff
Film, television and radio
Undergraduates Bachelor of Arts (Screen)
Postgraduates Grad Cert, Grad Dip, MSA, MAR, MSAB
Location Sydney, New South Wales,  Australia
33°53′41″S 151°13′43″E / 33.8946°S 151.2285°E / -33.8946; 151.2285Coordinates: 33°53′41″S 151°13′43″E / 33.8946°S 151.2285°E / -33.8946; 151.2285
Campus The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

The Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) is Australia's national screen arts and broadcast school. The school is an Australian Commonwealth government statutory authority. It is a member of the "Australian Roundtable for Arts Training Excellence".[1]

AFTRS focus is to advance the success of Australia's screen arts and broadcast industries by developing the skills and knowledge of talented individuals and undertaking research.


Established in 1972 as part of the Commonwealth Government's strategy to promote the development of Australia's cultural activity, AFTRS was opened to students in 1973 with the first intake of 12 students including directors Gillian Armstrong, Phillip Noyce and Chris Noonan.

In 1973 Jerzy Toeplitz was appointed Foundation Director of the School and after six years in the role was awarded the Order of Australia and the AFI's Raymond Longford Award.

In 1975 Gough Whitlam helped to create funding agencies to support the film school.

Academy Award success

Four AFTRS Student Films have been nominated for Academy Awards®:[2]

Three AFTRS Alumni winners of Academy Awards®

Five AFTRS alumni nominated for Academy Awards®

New school

For many years AFTRS was located in purpose-built premises at North Ryde, Sydney. In 2008 the school relocated to a purpose-built facility adjacent to Fox Studios, located inside the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park Sydney.

AFTRS is the only screen and broadcast school in the world to cater for all of the specialisations under one the one roof. The campus includes: a Full size 5.1 sound theatre (seats 126), state-of-the-art mix theatre, two large professional film and television studios, film studios, state-of-the-art sound recording studios, ten sound editing suites, four screen music composition suites, offline and online editing suites, Video-post department that provides broadcast quality dubbing, HD Avid Adrenaline online editing, Scenarist DVD authoring, web streaming and multicam production services, computer labs, tech store, props store & costume support, Grip trucks with Movietech Arco dolly and accessories, Stand-by Props truck, production design construction workshop, three on-air digital radio broadcasting studios. [3]

Courses and admission

Admission into AFTRS degree courses is competitive and based on merit selection. Places are limited. Current offerings include:[4]

Executive staff

Teaching staff

Screen: Sarah Stollman, Samantha Lang, Catherine Gleeson, Marty Murphy, Robert Klenner, Matthew Campora, Andrew Belletty, Nell Greenwood, Rachel Landers, David Court, Gabiann Marin, Martin Armiger, Kim Batterham, Mark Warner, Holly Lyons, Steve Vidler, Daphne Paris, Erika Addis, Marian McGowan

Radio: Lisa Sweeney, Fyona Smith, Katya Quigley[6]


The entire list of AFTRS graduates by year, from 1973 to now, can be viewed on the School's website:[7]


  1. Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (2008-09-15). "Arts training bodies". Retrieved 2008-10-03.

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