OVERVIEWNew York Film Academy Australia delivers the nationally recognised training program CUA51015 - Diploma of Screen and Media with chosen coursework focused on documentary filmmaking. Documentary film provides filmmakers and audiences around the world with an uncompromising insight into the world around us that we might not get to see in our day-to-day lives. Documentary filmmakers shine a light on aspects of the human conflict that the general public might not know about. It is by exposing these extraordinary pockets of humanity or by shedding light on an issue that affects everyone that documentaries becomes an agent of change.
Furthermore, with the success of such top documentary films as An Inconvenient Truth and Fahrenheit 9/11, along with the increasing presence of made-for-television and online documentaries, there has never been more opportunities for aspiring documentary filmmakers to make accessible films. In the New York Film Academy Australia’s documentary program, students get an extensive education in the many facets of documentary filmmaking, from learning how to best use equipment to understanding how a successful documentary film is produced, students learn the skills necessary to succeed in the documentary film industry.
Over the course of two semesters, students learn how to make a documentary through completing six original documentary film projects that increase in difficulty, providing them with a hands-on, intensive educational experience. At either our Sydney or the Gold Coast campus, students experience first-hand the different skills, as well as practical and theoretical know-how, required to succeed as a storyteller and filmmaker.
Working with an accomplished faculty that remain active as documentarians, students receive a comprehensive education in the craft of documentary filmmaking, not only creating original films, but also gaining invaluable experience working on a variety of film sets with their classmates. Students will learn the fundamentals in order to realize their professional goals and make fantastic contacts that will help students realize their ambitions both in Australia and abroad.
Over the program’s two semesters, students cover a wide variety of learning and production goals that are essential to completing the program. Students balance a challenging course load alongside ongoing projects completed out of class to fully round out their documentary filmmaking education.
Learning and Production GoalsOver the program’s two semesters, students cover a wide variety of learning and production goals that are essential to completing the program. Students balance a challenging courseload alongside ongoing projects completed out of class to fully round out their documentary filmmaking education.
- Obtain a working knowledge of the fundamentals of visual non-fiction storytelling.
- Develop the requisite skills to complete a documentary film production, including producing, research, story development, interviewing, writing, cinematography, editing and sound recording.
- Study the essentials of digital video filming, editing, and sound recording.
- Research the documentary genre’s history and stylistic range while looking at film language, techniques, aesthetics, structure, and other cinematic storytelling elements.
- Gain a mastery over visual nonfiction stories.
- Develop expertise at delivering a pitch and start creating commercial television programs that are non-fiction.
- Learn the professional know-how to find success in the documentary industry.
- Originate, produce, direct, and edit a short observational HD film of up to two minutes.
- Create a brief "character" documentary of up to five minutes.
- Create a rough cut of a roughly 10-minute documentary tackling a social issue.
- Work as a director of photography, sound recordist, and assistant camera operator on fellow student’s films.
- Learn how to edit, apply color correction, and mix the sound for your social issue documentary.
- Create and pitch a documentary series to be shown on TV.
- Take part in producing, editing, and pitching a five to ten minute "sizzle reel" of a documentary television series.
- Complete a final documentary of up to 30 minutes.
CUA51015 - DIPLOMA OF SCREEN AND MEDIA (DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING): APPLICATION PROCESSInterested students are invited to complete the application form, with a statement of purpose, and attend an interview to determine entrance to the program.
Please Note: This program is equivalent to the first semester of the New York Film Academy's one-year certificate program as offered in the United States. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a CUA51015 - Diploma of Screen and Media and a transcript for the first semester of the certificate program.