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WA Screen Academy


I studied at Australia's newest film school, the WA Screen Academy, last year, and loved every second of it. Great teachers, fantastic projects and excellent facilities (including access to RED cameras and WAAPA-trained actors). Also, a dream sunlit location on Australia's western coast. I recommend this to anyone seeking to mix education with holiday, and finish with brilliantly full showreel.

Don't believe me? See the offficial blurb below, and contact John for more info:


WA Screen Academy @ECU

The WA Screen Academy at Edith Cowan University is widely regarded by the industry as one of Australia’s leading screen production training programs both for the quality of its content and the admirable record of employment of its graduates. Founded in 2005, it offers an intensive, one-year program specialising in digital production for the screen. It works in close collaboration with the renowned Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) Acting, Production & Design and Music Composition programs. Its films and documentaries have won numerous selections, nominations and awards in national and international film festivals. In 2010 it won the coveted ATOM Award (Australian Teachers of Media) for Best Tertiary Fiction and had two films nominated in the Documentary category.

It offers two awards: a Bachelor of Communications Conversion for applicants with an Advanced Diploma or equivalent (for International students) and a Master of Professional Communications for applicants with a previous undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, or five years industry experience.

Approximately 30 students are admitted each year on the basis of a showreel/portfolio, cv, personal statement and interview. The areas of specialisation include producing/production management, directing, scriptwriting, cinematography, editing/post-production and sound recording and mixing. Applicants can nominate one area of specialisation or a combination of one major area and up to two secondary ones.

Facilities include 2 fully equipped studios, numerous edit suites with Final Cut Pro and sound mixing suites with Pro Tools. Films are shot on the Red Camera and other HD equipment including the Sony EX-1.

The program is taught and mentored by industry professionals. It operates on a unique 40 week schedule beginning in mid February and ending in late November. Mid-year entry (July) is available in certain circumstances for some students, particularly those from the Northern Hemisphere.

The WA Screen Academy is located in Perth, Western Australia, a vibrant city on the Indian Ocean. Western Australia has a rapidly expanding screen industry focused on television drama, features, documentaries and cross-platform content.

For further information visit the website:

or contact:
John Rapsey
Director WA Screen Academy
Office: +61 8 9370 6518
Mobile: +438 613 155