Industry Certificate: Production Management (Scripted)

AFTRS-Australian Film Television and Radio School (AH Account)

About the Course

In this course, delivered over 8 weeks, you will learn knowledge and skills to read and interpret the requirements of a script to create a production schedule and budget. You’ll gain a clear understanding of milestones in production planning and the necessary documentation that must be provided to investors and funding bodies. This course covers scripted TV and film production, is relevant for drama and narrative comedy and is taught by highly experienced Production Manager Lorelle Adamson.

Learn how drama projects are produced for Australian and International audiences and the financial models broadly used including television drama for broadcasters, feature film distribution and understanding the producer offset

Discuss the range of approaches and production requirements for a variety of genres, formats and styles of drama television in Australia, and how to identify the unique requirements of a production based on a script

Learn about the production manager’s role and responsibilities and how to apply learned knowledge to create a production plan, schedule and budget and then manage the budget using cost reporting.

This is a practice-based course for emerging production managers, including production co-ordinators. It also offers essential knowledge for emerging producers who want to expand their knowledge of film and TV Drama. The course assumes that you have some production knowledge, and are competent using Excel.

This course is relevant for producers and aspiring production managers who wish to work on Scripted productions including short and feature films, TV drama series and narrative comedy.

All students will need a laptop with Excel installed for this course. You should also have a good familiarity with Excel before commencing the course. Please contact us if you do not have access to a laptop with Excel before enrolling in the course.

This course commences with a 4 day intensive (Thurs-Sun) at AFTRS in Sydney. Then over the subsequent 7 weeks there are 3 weekend workshops. Between these sessions there are weekly online video catch ups on Tuesday evenings which are recorded, and assignment work to complete (in the form of a Production Schedule and Budget).

For the online components of the course you will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with camera, sound and good internet connection for the evening Zoom Video sessions.

We recommend allowing 10 hours per week minimum to do the course work.

Course Dates:

Enrolments Close Monday 27th January 2020

Face-to-face workshops on campus

Workshop 1: Thurs 29/1 – Sun 2/2
Workshop 2: Sat 15/2 & Sun 16/2
Workshop 3: Sat 29/2 & Sun 1/3
Workshop 4: Sat 21/3 & Sun 22/3
Attendance at all of the workshops is compulsory to successfuly complete the course. Hours are 9.30am- 4.30pm.

Online Zoom Video sessions
Tues 4 feb, 11 feb, 18 Feb, 25 feb, 3 march, 10 March, 17 March
All sessions are 6.30 – 8.00 pm

Career Opportunities

  • Production Manager
  • Producer
  • Production Coordinator

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