Back to school

Last year I was asked to guest lecture at the Masters in Screen Arts & Business course at AFTRS. You can read my blog entry here and see my slide presentation.

It struck me that this was a highly specialised course, with a small number of participants, like-minded people, in a very structured environment. I knew a couple of students on the course, both senior executives in established media companies, and both men I respected. So I sounded them out and they both gushed about the course. Something stirred inside.

It just so happened that it was AFTRS Open Day the next week, so I popped down and met with Head Lecturer David Court. I was anxious about committing because a/ I over commit to everything, and b/ was starting up Feverpitch which takes a lot of time, and c/ funds would be low in year one!

I shared my concerns with David, who understood them and provided some more insight into the course, and it soon became apparent that the pros’ outdid the cons. At the very least, I get some great education and professional development. I’m looking forward to collaborating with other sudents on the course – the next generation of the Australian screen industry whether they are Directors, Creatives, Technicians etc. I hope having the AFTRS MBA on my CV will help with attracting funding in the future. But most of all I’m actually looking forward to learning again. Its a subject matter I’m passionate about, whereas Uni was realy an excuse to get drunk for 3 years.

Only time will tell!

The course boasts:
Be part of the next generation of leaders in the media and screen content industries.

This course will take you through the various disciplines required to become a leader in the media and screen content industries. You will study some of the great texts of politics, economics, and philosophy, learn how to make a persuasive case in business, finance and the public arena, and gain deep insights into leadership and senior management. Working in teams you will formulate an industry brief on public policy and act as a consultant on a ‘live’ case study for a media company. You will also work on a project of your own, supervised by the School’s expert staff. Most importantly, you will be surrounded by a group of highly-motivated, talented peers who will work with you throughout the course, becoming part of your lifelong professional network.

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