NiTRO + Creative Matters

Perspectives on creative arts in higher education


Creative industries are characterised by a gig economy featuring short-term, intensive contracts, word-of-mouth recruitment, ten-hour days, and precarious work. Such conditions can pose challenges for filmmakers with disability to flourish.

Screen stories have evolved away from the simplistic dichotomies of conflict between good and evil, goodies and baddies. Audiences expect and appreciate more nuanced and complex depictions of character, culture and conflict … ‘engaging writing’ features three dimensional characters and dramatic irony which follow from the application of the

When the world went into isolation with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, educators and researchers everywhere had to rethink the classroom model. Artist Anna Tow and curator Deborah Turnbull Tillman used the opportunity to disrupt traditional models (coded male) with the mode of learning via social systems (coded

By Dr Kath Dooley, Associate Professor Marsha Berry, Margaret McHugh, Professor Craig Batty and Professor James Verdon — In recent years, cultural movements such as #metoo and #OscarsSoWhite have drawn attention to low levels of diversity on screen and behind the camera in the global screen industries.
By Rowan Woods and Dr Duncan McLean — Film school programs are only useful to students and industry if attention is paid to the winds of change surrounding screen authorship.

In Ireland and the UK, those of us who teach film theory and practice at academic institutions had to adapt quickly to assist students attempting to complete creative practice projects during 2020 and 2021. Suddenly the usual array of filmmaking opportunities was vastly reduced.

Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) students have take out both gold and silver in the Student Cinematography category of the NSW Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) Awards. Gold was awarded David Luff for Memoir, and Silver to Tom Pennel for The Child. Both are current Bachelor of Arts: Screen Production

We are training artists-in-the-making, and unforeseen challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic might give birth to some wonderful opportunities, despite the pressure and the rush into semi-lockdown from the top. If we were going to make this work for us, it was up to us to come up with new

Screen Australia has released new guidelines to assist COVID safe production. Produced by a taskforce that includes the Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS), Screen Australia, the Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA), Screen Producers Australia (SPA), State and Territory agencies, Guilds, ABC, SBS, Ausfilm and major production companies,

by Professor Herman Van Eyken — In the Scandinavian countries, Artistic Research is often defined as the creation of an original work of art in combination with a critical reflection on the process of creation, and publication is when the art work meets an audience and the critical reflection is