OVERVIEWNew York Film Academy Australia delivers the nationally recognised program CUA51015 - Diploma of Screen and Media with selected subjects focusing on filmmaking. The Academy's CUA51015 - Diploma of Screen and Media (Filmmaking) program gives students all of the fundamental skills necessary to make their own films. The program is divided into two semesters with two-weeks of break in between. The curriculum integrates intensive study in all the major filmmaking disciplines including cinematography, directing, screenwriting, and editing. During their time at the New York Film Academy Australia, filmmaking students write, shoot, direct, and edit their own unique HD short films and exercises, while also crewing for their classmates. All projects are edited digitally.
Students complete this program with skills in all the filmmaking crafts; gaining valuable hands-on production experience and an expanded awareness of themselves and the influence of their work. Students' final films are celebrated in a screening open to cast, crew, friends, family, and invited guests.
CUA51015 - DIPLOMA OF SCREEN AND MEDIA (FILMMAKING): SEMESTER ONEStudents are immediately tasked with completing a variety of intensive subjects that examine directing, screenwriting, producing, camera, lighting, editing, and acting. Lectures and assignments will impart useful theory, which students will then apply by producing their own short films. This combination of theoretical and hands-on learning is a hallmark of the New York Film Academy.
Working in crews of three or four, each student writes, produces, directs and edits films of increasing complexity. In addition, each student fulfills the essential roles of director of photography, assistant camera operator, and gaffer (lighting technician) on the films of her/his classmates. Thus, everyone has the extensive hands-on experience of working on set as crew and as director throughout the entire semester.
- Learn the art and technique of visual storytelling including directing, cinematography, and screenwriting.
- Learn the fundamentals of digital video production and digital editing.
- Practice safe and proper on-set protocol.
- Create a 60-second Mise-En-Scene Film.
- Produce a two-minute Continuity Exercise.
- Produce a two-to-three-minute Montage Exercise.
- Produce a Non-Sync Film of up to six minutes.
CUA51015 - DIPLOMA OF SCREEN AND MEDIA (FILMMAKING): SEMESTER TWOThe second semester challenges students to develop their film craft artistically and technically, and to progress beyond their earlier experiments with the medium. It is designed to enable students to create a Hi-Def short final film. Each student cultivates a script in the second semester for his/her final project of the program. These projects are the primary focus of the second semester and in turn they are used in all classes as a basis for learning.
The semester is divided into a number of distinct phases. The first is devoted to intensive hands-on instruction, demonstration, group directing exercises, production workshops, individual consultations, and pre-production (including casting, rehearsal, and location scouting). The second phase of the semester is the production period, when students direct their own films and crew on their classmates' films. The third phase of the semester is devoted to post-production. During this phase, students edit digitally, receive instruction and critique, screen rough-cuts of the films, receive feedback and then finish their films for a final group screening.
- Continued filmmaking craft exploration, including directing, casting, producing, cinematography, editing, and production sound.
- Learn expanded fundamentals of HD Production.
- Fundamental training in acting craft and directing actors.
- Expanded understanding and practice in set etiquette and crew collaboration.
- Produce a two-to-four-minute POV Exercise
- Produce a two-to-four-minute Text and Subtext scene during instructor-led production workshops.
- Produce a Final Digital Dialogue Film of up to 10 minutes to be screened in a theater for cast, crew, friends, and family.
CUA51015 - DIPLOMA OF SCREEN AND MEDIA (FILMMAKING): APPLICATION PROCESSInterested students are invited to complete the application form, with a personal statement, 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.