Sydney Film School

Introduction

Sydney Film School is one of the top vocational film schools in the world.

The School was founded over 10 years ago out of a desire to create a practical filmmaking experience focusing on the skills that are required for a successful career in the global film industry.

Housed in a converted warehouse in Sydney’s Inner City, we do not offer a traditional institutional environment. Our model is one that encourages your creative expression and gives you real filmmaking experience.

The school is set up as a working film production house that makes around 180 short films a year. Our students are the filmmakers. It is an intense learning experience but one that results in our graduates leaving us with somewhere between 10 and 20 film credits at the end of their time with us.

We are not about theory. When you graduate, you will have worked “on set” and “in post” in an environment that replicates the real word. You will have made your mistakes, you will have produced work that is truly creative and you will be ready to take on the world.

We only teach filmmaking. We offer two one-year courses: a Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media. The Diploma provides you with a working knowledge of all the fundamental disciplines of filmmaking, including storytelling, content creation and teamwork. The Advanced Diploma takes that knowledge and allows you to apply to it to your chosen area of specialization to produce films of greater depth and technique. Combined they give you a unique foundation for your career.

We have close contact with the film industry. All our teachers currently work in the industry as well as teach. They have their finger on the pulse. We invite prominent film personalities to share their career experiences with you and we are well connected with our Alumni (now numbering over 1,000), the majority of whom are following successful screen careers around the world.

By choosing Sydney Film School you will join a community that has diverse roots but is united in a passion for filmmaking.

We invite you to join that community…

OUR VALUES

Our aim at Sydney Film School is to develop well-rounded people, courageous in their endeavours, curious and open to life’s marvels and compassionate in their dealings with one another and the greater world.

We are bound together in our project through our love of stories, our desire to understand and celebrate their place in the human experiment and the planet we share.

We wish to build a spirit of encouragement and support through a network that extends to an international community of students, graduates, teachers, filmmakers, distributors, festivals, audiences and friends.

COURAGE. CURIOSITY. COMPASSION

We embrace these three core values:

COURAGE
to break the mould
to embrace risk
to reveal something crucial of yourself
to deal with failure and try again
to confront difficult themes/subjects
to laugh at what others find serious (or vice versa)
to shoot for the moon

CURIOSITY
about the human condition at large
about your fellow man/woman
about the way things work (science?)
about the lessons of the past
about the new models/paths the future offers
about new technology

COMPASSION
for your fellow man across the universe
for the person next door
to feel sorrow or pity for the sins/injustices of the world at large

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

Diploma

Diploma of Screen and Media (CUF50107)

Campus Full time January 2017 Australia Waterloo

The Diploma of Screen and Media (CUF50107) is a one year practical, hands-on introductory course, where students experience every aspect of filmmaking. <br> In this real world production environment students learn storytelling, craft and technical skills from passionate, industry-qualified trainers. [+]

One year full time - two semesters of 21 weeks each The Diploma of Screen and Media (CUF50107) is a one year practical, hands-on introductory course, where students experience every aspect of filmmaking. Students work across a slate of drama and documentary films under industry conditions. In this real world production environment students learn storytelling, craft and technical skills from passionate, industry-qualified trainers. The School supplies all the essential equipment and a budget for your film projects. We believe deadlines and audiences are of vital importance, so every drama and documentary is carried to completion and is screened at prestigious Sydney Film School Festival. It is possible to undertake the Diploma part-time over two years. However, due to the immersive nature of the course we recommend full-time study. Local Student Applications As a provider of Vocational Education and Training (VET), Sydney Film School does not require students to have any specific prior knowledge in film or an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) for entry into the Diploma of Screen and Media (CUF50107). Students are usually granted entry to the course on the basis of their personal statement demonstrating: A commitment to enquiry and study. An interest for a career in or pursuing knowledge of the film industry. An enthusiasm for collaboration and team work. Evidence that the applicant will make good use of their time at Sydney Film School. An interview with the applicant may be requested prior to final selection. We recommend that applicants speak with a member of Sydney Film School's staff to gain a fuller understanding of our courses before applying. Applying involves: Completing and signing a Sydney Film School application form. Please read the terms and conditions carefully. Writing and submitting a personal statement indicating your special areas of interest in film/video, any related experience you may have, and why you wish to do the course (limited to one page). Submitting a short CV/resume showing work experience or accredited training you may have completed (if available). International Students Application Sydney Film School is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS), provider number 02631G, and offers its courses to international students. Prospective international students are eligible to apply for entry to Australia under the Overseas Student Program. Share Share A A Local Students International Students Application Form Download Application Form Selection Criteria Fees Scholarships USI Living in Sydney Student Agents FAQ Student Guides & Policies International Students Sydney Film School is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS), provider number 02631G, and offers its courses to international students. Prospective international students are eligible to apply for entry to Australia under the Overseas Student Program. Our talented students, graduates & staff banded together to create this insight into our Latin American students' journey to Sydney and to Sydney Film School. INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS Student Visa Information For more visa information visit http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Stud The ESOS Framework "Think Before" Think Before – A Student Safety Initiative is a social media-driven campaign designed to improve situational awareness among international students in Australia. We believe that international students need to be aware of their surroundings, particularly late at night on public transport, and to plan their travel. Family If students are bringing their families with them to Australia, they are able to apply for visas for their family (or dependants) as well. However, note that school-aged children must attend school in Australia during their period of stay, and school fees will be incurred. Please visit the Australian Government's immigration website for more detailed information on bringing family members. http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Brin If you have any questions regarding your study options, visa requirements, accommodation and similar please contact our Admissions & International Relations Manager John Buckmaster either by calling +61-2-9698 2244, emailing jbuckmaster@sydneyfilmschool.com or via Skype (Skype Name: Buckie10). [-]

Advanced Diploma

Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (CUF60107)

Campus Full time January 2017 Australia Waterloo

The Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (CUF60107) deepens your creative and technical skills, and prepares you for entry into the industry. <br> You may enrol in either our Drama or Documentary Stream. [+]

One year full time - two semesters of 21 weeks each The Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (CUF60107) deepens your creative and technical skills, and prepares you for entry into the industry. You may enrol in either our Drama or Documentary Stream. Drama Stream: You will write and direct a short narrative film (between 10 - 15 minutes) and choose one craft specialization from: Producing Production Design Cinematography Sound Documentary Editing Documentary Stream: You will write and direct a short documentary (10 – 23 minutes) and undertake our documentary craft package (including cinematography, editing and sound). In the Advanced Diploma you have the benefit of studying in very small class sizes within your craft area. Every film screens at our prestigious Sydney Film School Festival. Within your craft area you will work across a slate of short films which will provide the team with a portfolio ready for distribution. Our in-house Distribution Officer manages entry of select films into the international film festival circuit and other emerging forms of distribution. At the end of the course you will be offered a work placement to help launch your career. Our sister business, the Sydney Film Studios also offers opportunities to Advanced Diploma graduates. Advanced Diploma graduates have exceptional emplyment rates in the industry. Advanced Diploma graduates may apply for an exclusive exchange scholarships to two international film schools, the École Superieure des Études Cinematographiques (in Paris) and the Instituto di Cinema Madrid. [-]

Contact
Post address
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Waterloo NSW 2017
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NSW 2017 AU
Location address
82 Cope St,
Waterloo NSW 2017
Australia

Waterloo, New South Wales, NSW 2017 AU