The Australian Film Television and Radio School and the famed Industrial Light & Magic have announced a partnership that will see new world class training for Australians in visual effects.
A new Graduate Diploma in Visual Effects, commencing in February 2023 is designed to upskill emerging practitioners, digital artists and budding technical directors through on-the-job training with formal education by leading industry experts.
Delivered full-time over two semesters it is led by senior professionals in the industry from ILM and AFTRS.
AFTRS CEO, Dr Nell Greenwood, said, “This is a really exciting partnership for AFTRS and the Australian industry. The combined skills of the ILM and AFTRS teams set a new benchmark for world-leading, industry partnered education.
“The need for skilled visual effects artists is increasing rapidly and this unique course will have a real impact on the capacity and growth of the Australian VFX sector.”
Executive in Charge of ILM’s Singapore and Sydney studios, Luke Hetherington, said, “A program between ILM and AFTRS felt like a very natural partnership from the start of our discussions. We’re bringing 45+ years of traditional film craft teaching together with specialized, high-end technical knowledge from ILM and will use real world production examples, techniques and working environment. I believe this will help accelerate the development of highly skilled and diverse talent, which the Australian screen industry has an abundance of opportunities and needs for.”
Dr Greenwood added, “This year AFTRS launched a new five-year corporate strategy, Creating the Future, with a redrawn mission to offer its world-leading, industry partnered training and education across Australia. This new partnership with ILM is central to the School delivering on its ambition to offer future-facing, sustainable, world-leading training and its remit to support the growth and skills-level of the Australian industry.”
Candidates for the 2023 intake will be able to apply from mid-August.