Peter Thurmer, coordinator of MAPS Film School, dropped into the studios for our first show of the year, to give us the lowdown on what their school can offer to the starry eyed future film maker. Amongst the chatter we also asked him about his thoughts on the new Adelaide Studios and some of the very talented people who have signed on to teach at MAPS for 2012.
Download: Peter Thurmer
For our education special we looked high and low for the places in Adelaide where you can get your start in film and TV.
Tertiary Level Courses (i.e. Bachelors and Diplomas)
- Adelaide College of the Arts is the TAFE creative arts centre where you can get training in all aspects of screen media, including acting.
- Flinders University is perhaps the best known of the tertiary level screen courses in SA due to some of their famous alumni (like Scott Hicks and Noni Hazelhurst). They offer a Bachelor of Creative Arts in which you can major in Digital Media, Drama and Screen.
- MAPS Film School (Hamilton Secondary College) is, as described by Peter Thurmer, Adelaide’s only film school. The first year for the Diploma in Screen and Media students focus on all elements of film production and choose a focus study in the second year for the Advanced Diploma.
- University of Adelaide doesn’t have a film program per say but do offer a Bachelor of Media that focuses more on research based media theory and analysis.
- University of South Australia have two screen courses – Bachelor of Media Arts and the Bachelor of Communication (Media and Culture). From reading the breakdowns it appears the Media Arts is more practical based and Communication is more research based.
- Adult learning centres like WEA can offer basic skills courses in cameras and editing.
- The South Australian branch of the Screen Development Australia is the Media Resource Centre. They offer funding, production initiatives, lectures and short courses all especially aimed for people looking to start their career in screens.
- AFTRS (aff-ters or ahf-ters depending on who you’re talking to) is the Australian Television and Radio School is the nationally accredited screen arts and broadcast school. The main campus is in Sydney but some courses are offered in Melbourne. If a move is out of the question they also offer an open program of short courses. Some courses are exclusively online and select courses are taught in Adelaide but not very often so it’s worth keeping an eye on the website. If you’re super keen you can always go across the border for a weekend and do a short course in Melbourne.
If you have any experiences with these institutions I’d love to get some feedback. My descriptions are only from what I can garner from the websites – inside knowledge would be much appreciated!
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From the Vaults: “Baby, Don’t You Break My Heart So Slow” – Vonda Shepard and Emily Saliers from the Indigo Girls, from “Ally McBeal”