The industry’s best training grounds

In this roundup from the Encore and Mumbrella Annual, we look at the industry’s best training grounds.


The Australian Film Television and Radio school in Sydney has been producing industry-ready graduates for 40 years. Past alumni include director Gillian Armstrong and radio’s Jason Morrison and the school delivers long and short term courses equipping students with skills both behind the scenes and in front of the camera or microphone.

2. Award School

Australia’s leading advertising school, AWARD, offers a nationwide program that teaches wannabe adlanders the tricks of the trade. Past grads include Matt Eastwood, chief creative director of DDB New York, and David Droga, executive creative director, Droga5 New York.

3. Sydney Film School

With Academy Award-winning producer Emile Sherman as patron and a board of well-known film-making identities, Sydney Film School caters to Australian and international students.

The institution has a reputation for its collegiate environment and helping students to build lasting industry networks.

4. SAE Institute

From audio engineering and production to digital journalism, games and web design, SAE offers a range of courses across its Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide campuses.

5. Metro Screen

Sydney’s Metro Screen has been training industry professionals how to shoot, edit, write, produce and more for 30 years. With strong ties to government funding bodies and knowledge of the issues affecting the industry, the school in the city’s inner east is an affordable and effective education choice.

6. Miami Ad School

The global advertising college opened the doors of its first Australian school in April this year. Internationally, it boasts an impressive track record as the advertising school that produces more award-winning grads than any other. They teach copywriters and art directors and their teaching roster includes professionals from agencies such as DDB, Whybin TBWA, One Green Bean, The White Agency, Droga5, JWT, Razorfish and Naked.

7. Open Channel

Open Channel in Melbourne prides itself on providing pathways to the industry for those wanting to work in the screen business. Well-known professionals with ties to the institution include Peter Weir, Fred Schepisi and Jan Sardi. The school offers a mix of short and long courses and is supported by Screen Australia and Film Victoria.

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  1. Pamela
    16 Jan 13
    4:08 pm

  2. RMITV is another great place for anyone wanting to start a career in media!

    Our members gain transferable skills to many entertainment industries such as film, television, print, radio, web-based, advertising, education, new media and many other industries. We’ve got a long history of our members working up a storm in the media and communications fields!

    Forming in 1987, RMITV is the longest established community television organization in Australia. We’re also a founding member of the Melbourne Community Television Consortium (MCTC) – they run Melbourne’s free-to-air community station, Channel 31. RMITV is a not-for-profit independent film and television production group. RMITV is a department of RMIT University’s Student Union.

    Last year we proudly created ten shows for Channel 31! RMITV loves producing quality innovative and entertaining programs, whilst providing practical media experience for our valuable members.

    Don’t miss out on your chance to get training from industry-based practitioners, such as employees of major networks and mentors who have worked globally! We also visited Nine Network, ABC and the set of a period-drama production. Join RMITV as there are many more workshops and tours still to come.

    For more information about RMITV check out our new website at you can also like us at and tweet us at @RMITV