Press Release from Australian Film Television and Radio School

In a ground-breaking study, the Australian Film Television and Radio School plans to explore the work and careers of the nearly 2,000 students who have graduated from the School since it opened its doors in 1973.

The study will be conducted by leading research organisation Ipsos-Eureka Social Research Institute. It will be based on individual interviews with AFTRS film, television, radio and new media graduates conducted in person, by phone and online. The researchers hope to speak to as many graduates as can be located.

This is a timely opportunity to conduct an in-depth look at the business of creative work in and around the screen. This information has never been effectively collected before, and will be a first for the School and the industry as a whole. AFTRS CEO Sandra Levy says “this study will offer a unique perspective on screen content careers in Australia. Overlaid with economic and financial data over the 40 year period, this research will provide us all with invaluable insights into the sector.”

She continues “the School started life in the early days of the so-called renaissance of the Australian film industry and it has been at or near the centre of the industry ever since. Its graduates have worked all over the world and in every kind of production job. They are an amazing source of insights about creative careers.”

Ipsos-Eureka project leader Christina Falsone says the Institute will begin conducting interviews in early April. She says “there will be complete confidentiality. We want respondents to be open and forthright.” The study findings are expected to be published early in 2012.

AFTRS is looking forward to celebrating their findings as the School commemorates 40 years of providing relevant, effective and inspiring education to generations of screen arts professionals.

If you are an AFTRS graduate and wish further information about the study or to take part, please contact [email protected]

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