What materials do I have to buy?

Sydney Film School provides all the basic materials you will need for the duration of your studies. This includes: film stock, SLR cameras, production budgets, and all film and digital equipment.

Students need to provide their own notepad, pen and other stationery.

Students also need to have an external hard drive to store their footage, work files and projects plus a second drive for backup. This is also useful when you want to create a showreel of your work.

Because different computers have various connections for the external drive, we recommend the drive you buy has all of these connections and cables: USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Firewire 800 and eSATA (if you buy a drive with only USB 3.0, you may not be able to connect it to all computers). The drive's capacity needs to be a minimum of 1Terrabyte and ideally 2 or 3 Terrabytes. The speed of the drive needs to be 7200RPM.

Not all drives are suitable for editing. A cheaper drive may not be fast enough, or cope with being moved from computer to computer. The price of external hard drives varies depending on the brand, features and capacity. We have found that LaCie d2 Quadra USB 3.0 model is suitable and meets these specifications. They are available in 1TB, 2TB or 3TB capacity and are priced between $150 - $280.

Because external hard drives can break, be lost or damaged, it is also essential that your data is backed up regularly. This should be to another external drive or the hard drive on your own computer.

Students using the VET Fee-Help loan cannot include this cost in their loan amount.