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TAFE NSW Nepean has joined forces with one of the world’s largest visual effects companies to give the next generation of homegrown movie production workers the hands-on skills to tap into the booming industry.

The $1 billion industry is one of Australia’s fastest growing, with over 60% of the nation’s film production workforce located in NSW.

Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres said TAFE NSW Nepean Campus in Kingswood is collaborating with Industrial Light & Magic, the visual effects genius behind the Star Wars and Marvel movie franchises, to launch a new course to fast-track a career in visual effects production.

“NSW is leading the way as a base for leaders in the film production industry, and the NSW Government is investing in the skills we need to nurture local talent and support future growth,” said Stuart Ayres said.

“This collaboration will deliver skills aligned with industry needs to fill an immediate demand for job-ready production assistants, film producers and assistant directors with the skills to bring creative visions to life.”   

Funded by the NSW Government, students complete a Statement of Attainment in Visual Effects Production building the practical skills to coordinate visual effects projects while gaining first-hand experience in a world-class studio environment.

Industrial Light & Magic Executive in Charge Luke Hetherington said that Industrial Light & Magic was excited to expand its training efforts in New South Wales.

“Establishing a working partnership with TAFE NSW will help reach the up-and-coming talent around the State,” said Mr Hetherington. 

“This will help us uncover diverse talent that Industrial Light & Magic and the industry as a whole can benefit from

“Industrial Light & Magic has contributed to TAFE NSW’s Visual Effects Production program to help provide industry knowledge and a platform for entry into a growing industry with great career opportunities now and in the years ahead.”

The program will start as a pilot project at TAFE NSW Kingswood with the aim of scaling into other regions across NSW in the future.

TAFE NSW Head Teacher Craig Daalmeijer-Power said this was a game-changing opportunity for students to learn directly from industry experts and gain a foothold in the industry.  

“Students will work as part of a visual effects production team on a project brief provided by Industrial Light & Magic,” said Mr Daalmeijer-Power.

They’ll spend time at the Moore Park studio and regularly check in with the team to deliver their project on time and within budget.

“Industrial Light & Magic is a world leader and innovator in visual effect, and the opportunity to work directly with a company bringing Hollywood blockbusters to the big screen is an incredible introduction to the industry and puts students on the fast track to launch their careers.” 

To find out more about Screen and Media courses at TAFE NSW, visit or call 131 601.


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