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WA Screen Academy

Our Western Australian Screen Academy is situated within the School of Communications and Arts at Edith Cowan University. We offer a one-year (three semester) intensive program in digital screen production. Our program provides students with industry-level skills, a showreel of production work and a strong analytical and theoretical foundation relating to digital screen production.

We accept a select number of students in the following areas of specialisation: Producing, Directing, Screenwriting, Cinematography, Sound, Production Design and Editing.

A unique feature of the program is our relationship with the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). WAAPA`s costume, design, lighting, props and scenery, sound and stage management students from the production and design sector, form the crew of each of the screen academy films and WAAPA`s acting students provide the talent. Many WA Screen Academy films have helped in building successful careers for many well-known actors.

On completion of the course graduates will have an impressive personal portfolio comprising of short films, documentaries, client-based productions and studio multicam drama. Production work is taught and mentored by industry professionals.

This high level of industry engagement together with quality productions produced by students, ensure our WA Screen Academy continues to attract major sponsorship partners including Nine Network Australia, The Vizard Foundation and the City of Perth. In addition, students benefit from a special training collaboration with the ABC.

Centrally located at Edith Cowan University’s Mount Lawley campus, we offer up-to-date editing and audio suites, television studios and digital film equipment. Our Production Office space is equipped with the latest Mac computers, viewing facilities, telephones, meeting rooms and staff support. We have also just taken delivery of two ARRI ALEXA cameras; which is the preferred camera of leading cinematographers in the film and television industry. If you would like to know more, visit our facilities web page.

The academy films are showcased annually at Palace Luna Cinema Gala Screening with additional promotion and exposure at local and international festivals, theatrical seasons, free-to-air broadcasts and web-based platforms.

This elite training program runs over a period of 40 weeks from mid-February to late-November. Admission is by portfolio or showreel and interview.

For information about fees and charges, please contact the the Student Fees Office.

Application dates and details - 2015

There are limited places available in each area of specialisation (ideally 6), therefore we phase our provisional allocation of places over the following 3 rounds:

Round 1 - CLOSED
Applications that are complete (or in progress) by Friday, 31 October 2014
Round 2 - CLOSED
Applications that are complete (or in progress) by Monday, 15 December 2014
Final Call - NOW OPEN. For any unfilled places.
The final date for applications is Friday, 6 February 2015

In 2015 the program runs from Monday, February 9 to Friday, November 20 2015.

Prospective students are encouraged to begin their application early and submit the required documents and selection materials as they become available. International applicants are advised to begin the process early to allow adequate time to complete the requirements for English language proficiency, visa and travel arrangements.

Applicants from outside Western Australia are interviewed by telephone or Skype.

If you are considering applying you should call to arrange for a discussion about the suitability of the Screen Academy program to your background and aspirations.

Available courses
Bachelor of Creative Industries
Master of Screen Studies


For application information please contact:

Production Coordinator
Natalie Bell
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 6175
International: (61 8) 304 6175

For all other enquiries, please contact:

Director WA Screen Academy
Dr Cathy Henkel
Telephone: (61 8) 9370 6518

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