ISA Open Day to welcome future storytellers

The International Screen Academy's innovative courses aim to equip students with the best skills and experience for a bright future.
ISA Open Day to welcome future storytellers

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Sydney’s future-thinking International Screen Academy in Young Street, Waterloo is holding its Open Day on Saturday, 20 September from 10am to 2pm.

Those seeking a career in film, screen acting, and animation are invited to learn how International Screen Academy’s unique approach to storytelling will enable them to grow and prosper in an industry of constant change.

With both a morning and afternoon program, prospective students will take a tour of the campus, hear from current students and staff, and gain a better understanding of what life as an ISA student could be like. There will also be time to speak with staff and students one-on-one.

The intimate environment of ISA offers students opportunities that larger institutions are unable to provide, such as developing close working relationships with staff, who are all experienced industry people.

Head of Film, Stephen Murphy, who has worked in the industry for over 25 years, said ISA focuses on making sure its students have ‘real, employable skills’, which lay the foundations for a long and successful career.

ISA acknowledges that integral to this is students’ health and welfare, both while they are studying, and as they move into and through their professional careers.

Murphy said creative and performing arts professionals often work long hours, and ISA employs a team of specialists to come in and discuss with students the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance including fitness, nutrition and how to deal with a demanding career.

ISA’s specialised courses in Animation, Film, and Screen Acting have been designed ‘from the ground up’ with ‘unusual synergies’ that enable the students in each of the streams to work together, Murphy said.

He continued, ‘What’s really important to us is that people learn practically, in an industry-specific way, but more importantly, that they learn how to adapt to change and survive as creative artists’.


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Staff and students develop collaborative works, and build skills that mirror the industries they will be working in. This gives ISA students an edge as they graduate with a network of professional colleagues to take with them into the industry.

ISA’s Advanced Diploma of Acting for Contemporary Screen Media is unique in that it is purely tailored towards screen acting. Alongside developing and refining their craft, students establish relationships with agents and build their own personal brand.

The industry experience and guidance of ISA staff gives students a practical advantage over students from other institutions, equipping them with specific tools and strategies they need to succeed in the business.

Animation students are trained in the creative and technical requirements of the animation and VFX industries through developing their own projects. Offering production-centred skills, ISA also helps Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media students construct a portfolio of work to produce to industry recruiters at the end of their course.

This structure not only sees that students are technically prepared to launch into the industry, but that they also have the collaborative skills and experience of working with actors and filmmakers ensuring ongoing success beyond their time at ISA.

ISA film students enrolled in the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media are thoroughly trained in the creative and business areas of the screen and media industries. They, too, work collaboratively within their course, as well as with students in screen acting and animation, to build a portfolio that will become the foundation of their producing careers.

In just their first semester, film students learn the processes of film direction, production, cameras and editing, story writing, and project management skills, that will equip them with the professional skills base needed to be successful in the industry.

What defines ISA film students is that they are trained to become independent filmmakers who work not just in feature films, but people who have ideas and are interested in working in television, documentary and transmedia.


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Classes are both specialised and combined across the steams at various points of the programs’ structures. Murphy said this helps students develop a ‘real sense of creative production work flow that they will find on an industry project’ where it’s not just about learning software, how to structure a story, or finesse a particular acting technique, but experience working in creative teams.

ISA’s curriculum is based on extensive research and collaboration across the professional industries to deliver an outcomes based programs. This means students are constantly learning, adapting, and producing within a supportive, professional and purpose built environment.

Murphy said what staff are looking for during the extensive selection process for each of the courses is ‘people who can demonstrate [potential] talent’ rather than those with the most experience.

ISA’s contemporary environment offers sound and production studios with industry grade audio, animation and post-production facilities, as well as two acting auditoriums, flexible learning spaces and High End Visual FX for Green Screen, Digital and Special FX. With these facilities on view for prospective students on Open Day, everyone is sure to leave with a practical vision of how they could develop and create premiere standard productions with likeminded peers and industry professionals.

Prospective students of International Screen Academy (ISA) should RSVP via ISA’s Open Day Program website.

Esther Levy-Fenner

Tuesday 9 September, 2014

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Esther Levy-Fenner is a Melbourne journalist.