Training film and TV professionals for 50 years 

North Metropolitan TAFE’s (NMTAFE) Film and TV Department have been successfully launching graduate careers since 1973, providing them with a range of skills and abilities specifically for the Film/TV industry.  

The star-studded alumni includes Mortal Kombat Director Simon McQuoid, internationally recognised cinematographer Denson Baker and award-winning writer/director David Smith. 

NMTAFE’s courses, hands-on from the outset, are designed to immerse students in the industry by engaging them with a range of industry-specific disciplines such as producing, directing, cinematography, editing, sound recording, scriptwriting, animation and more. 

Students are provided access to industry-based mentors through NMTAFE’s strong industry connections while the courses encourage students to take advantage of industry opportunities and the confidence to explore the various career pathways. 

The practical skills gained from these specialisations and the industry connections provided throughout the course increases the students’ employability.  

NMTAFE graduate David Smith, currently in post-production for his debut feature film He Ain’t Heavy, also currently runs workshops for the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Digital Cinema). 

“North Metro TAFE’s practical, hands-on approach helped set me up for my career in the film industry,” Smith said.  

Following his study, Smith said he had been involved in a range of fantastic projects, winning a WA Screen Award for his short film We Were Here being another highlight. 

David Revill, A/Portfolio Director of Media and Music at NMTAFE, says the experienced lecturing team are committed to ensuring students learn the basics through to more advanced technical skills to ensure they can confidently walk onto any set with the required skills. NMTAFE regularly consults with industry to ensure the lecturing team have current experience within the film and media industries. 

“It truly is an exciting time to be involved in the film industry in Perth,” he said. 

“With a State Government proposal for an international quality film studio complex to be constructed in WA, the industry will be screaming out for below-the-line crew with our graduates being equipped ready to go.” 

The college has purpose-built studios and facilities all equipped with state-of-the-art technology such as DMX lighting, RED digital cinema cameras, motion capture rig, green screen, Avid networked editing, and surround sound editing suites. This sets a high standard for students to learn complex concepts and process quickly and efficiently.   

NMTAFE’s courses culminate with the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Digital Cinema) which is based around the production of short films, web series or documentaries, providing students with a budget for professional actors, locations, industry mentors and specialised equipment. 

They also offer industry-relevant courses in the ancillary industries such as animation, VFX, music and sound, photography and game art.  

Additionally, those considering a career outside traditional areas like directing or producing may benefit from studying one or more modules offered by NMTAFE in marketing, accounting and business management. 

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