• We make Films

  • We don't write Essays

AIE’s Filmmaking course is a highly practical advanced diploma course designed to expand your visual storytelling and creative thinking. You will be trained by experienced industry practitioners in the exciting practice of filmmaking, using the philosophy of learning by doing.

We replicate the real-world industry and operate like a production house. You generate original ideas, develop and pitch projects. Crews are formed and projects are realised from pre-production, to shoot, to post-production. It’s a fun, vibrant, hard-working environment where you can pursue projects that inspire you.

Learn the art of collaboration by making short dramas, comedies, documentaries, music videos and experimental films, incorporating the emerging technology of virtual production (VP). You will work on a large quantity of films in multiple crew roles and have your films screened publicly to industry and invited guests at the cinema, at the end of each year. You also get to produce a showreel. For some excellent films we may even pay the costs of entering them into select film festivals.

Over this two-year, full-time course you will be prepared to enter the exciting and dynamic film industry. Having learnt writing, directing, producing, camera, audio and editing, you will be technically and creatively ready to work in traditional film roles, as well as cutting edge VP roles.

This course is the first in the world to integrate VP technologies into a filmmaking course. The VP components of the course include pre-visualisation, virtual scouting techniques, and VP filming using real-time environments and ensure you will graduate with in-demand industry skills.

You will have access to the latest professional film making equipment including Sony, Black Magic and Arri cameras, Arri anamorphic lenses, mixers, microphones, props, sets, costumes and an LED wall VP studio at each campus. As well as professional editing and colour grading software.

Unlike other film schools, at AIE you will have the opportunity to network with our visual effects students who might create some impressive visual effects to support your film projects. You can also network with our Unreal Game Engine students who can help you put amazing worlds on the LED volume stage for you to film in. If you are at our Canberra Campus, you can also learn to use our Technodolly motion control crane, a $1M state of the art investment, accessible only at AIE’s Canberra campus.

Some Of Our Trophies

The Vibe

Collaborating with other students across AIE and working in our new LED wall virtual production film studio, you will gain hands-on skills and make creative directorial decisions. You'll apply new cinematic techniques in a virtual capture volume as well as using traditional film methods. You will learn the art of script development, project planning and pre-visualisation, LED wall dynamic lighting, set extension and virtual scouting techniques, optimising pipelines and workflow, editing and post-production, including real time final pixels in camera compositing to combine live action footage and visual effects.

You’ll have the opportunity to develop both your creative practice in filmmaking as well as specialise in a technical virtual production crew role while networking in the social and professional world of film production. AIE graduates have had their short films featured in film festivals around the world and worked on blockbuster films and TV shows, including Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, The Lego Movies, WandaVision as well as AIE’s funded feature films such as Blue World Order, The Furies and Sissy.

Tangible Takeaways

Stage One

  • Film Analysis
  • Scriptwriting
  • Project Development
  • Pitching
  • Pre-production
  • Cinematography
  • LED virtual volume film production
  • Virtual sets, costumes and set extensions
  • Sound Recording
  • Editing
  • Colour grading
  • Final Year Projects categories include:
    • Documentary
    • Drama
    • Fantasy (Virtual Production)
    • Science Fiction (Virtual Production)
    • Horror (Virtual Production)
    • Experimental

Stage Two

  • Editing complex scenes
  • Sound Recording
  • Colour Grading
  • Working with Talent
  • Motion Control methodologies and techniques
  • Volumetric Capture
  • Visual effects
  • Live compositing
  • Directing, Producing, Financing
  • Online Portfolio
  • Final Year Projects categories include:
    • Documentary
    • Drama
    • Fantasy (Virtual Production)
    • Science Fiction (Virtual Production)
    • Horror (Virtual Production)
    • Experimental

Employment Ready

Screen Technology

  • LED Virtual Production Studio stage on campus
  • LED lighting equipment, including battery operation
  • Sound Devices audio recorders and Sennheiser microphones
  • iMac editing and sound suites
  • Industry speakers and practitioners as trainers

Camera Technology


  • Adobe Premiere – video editing
  • DaVinci Resolve — Colour Grading & Video Editing
  • Pro-Tools – sound editing and mixing
  • Lightroom – Marketing Photos editing
  • Unreal Engine/ nDisplay – for ICVFX

Employment Pathway


  • Director
  • Creative Director
  • Art Director
  • Virtual Production Director
  • Director of Photography
  • Virtual Production Producer
  • Production Supervisor
  • Scenic Supervisor
  • Continuity Supervisor
  • Lighting Supervisor
  • Special Effects Supervisor
  • Producer
  • Production Manager
  • Visualisation Lead


  • Layout and Previs Artist
  • Film Editor
  • Compositor
  • Sound Designer
  • Lighting Technician
  • Previs Designer
  • Pipeline Technical Director
  • Concept Artist
  • Motion Control Specialist
  • Sound Effects Editor
  • Digital Imaging Technician
  • Virtual Production Effects Specialist
  • Production Designer


  • Virtual Production Crew
  • Props Master
  • On-Set Painter
  • Camera Operator
  • Set Builder
  • Set Dresser

How To

Entry for this course is based on:

  1. Interview - In the interview we are assessing your suitability for the course including any specific requirements you may have.
  2. Portfolio - we are looking for evidence of creativity which is demonstrated through a collection of works in a medium of your choosing.
  3. Copy of your Year 12 Certificate OR by achieving an Exit Level 3 score within the Australian Core Skills Framework assessments in reading and numeracy.

An Exit Level 3 score within the Australian Core Skills Framework assessments in reading and numeracy will show that you have the capability to be successful in this course. AIE can assist you with this assessment process if required and results will be reported to you as soon as practicable. As per the Department of Education and Training guidelines, assessment results are also available to the Department Secretary on request.

For more information please see our interview and portfolio page

Funding Information

Students in Victoria, South Australia or the ACT may be eligible for government funding for some of this course. Please refer to the following webpages:


Maximum tuition fees for the intake commencing February 2024

Filmmaking Tuition Fee
Year 1 CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media (2024) $17,900
delivered in conjunction with
CUA51120 Diploma of Visual Arts (2024) $17,300
Year 2 CUA60620 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (2025) $18,900
Total Fee $54,100

The VET Student Loans program allows eligible students enrolled in AIE's approved Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Graduate Diploma courses to defer part of the cost of their tuition fees. Courses are subject to maximum loan caps and students will be required to pay any fee over and above that cap. For more information visit our VET Student Loans page.

Please note:

  • VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet eligibility requirements.
  • VET student loan gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.
  • On successful completion of stage 1, students will be awarded recognition of prior learning or credit transfer towards Stage 2 of the Advanced Diploma.

For more information on our tuition fees, please visit our FEES page

To see our international fees, please visit our FEES page

Kickstart your career

Apply today