Course Location
New South Wales
2018 Advanced Diploma in Production Management
Undergraduate (AQF Level 6)
Delivery Mode
Part-time. On campus & online
32 weeks / 2 semesters. Semester starts week commencing February 26, 2018
Course Fee
Compulsory on campus Orientation week commencing Monday February 19, 2018. Further details will be provided post enrolment.
Attendance Pattern
Online with two on campus workshops each semester. Semester 1: Week 1 - 3 & 4 March, Week 14 - 2 & 3 June. Semester 2: Week 1 - 21 & 22 July, Week 13 - 13 & 14 October


Enhance your logistical, financial and management skills through this comprehensive course designed to provide you with the knowhow to fast-track your career progression to a production management position.

On completion of this course you will have the skills and knowledge to perform immediately in the role of production manager on projects such as short films, documentaries and web programs and/or to qualify for employment as a production coordinator or a production assistant on feature films, television series, documentary, reality and light entertainment programs and television commercials.

You will gain a deep understanding of the role of the production manager, and the production workflows and methodologies of screen content for both fiction and factual projects. This course has been designed to provide opportunities for students to collaborate across programs on student projects.

Delivered across two semesters through online delivery, on-campus workshops and video conference sessions, this course offers a flexible delivery so that you can maintain employment while enhancing your specialised craft and management skills.


If you wish to work as a production manager or in the production department, this course will enhance your logistical, problem solving and management skills in support of your goal.

You will develop the knowhow to apply different production methodologies across a broad range of production styles and formats, with an understanding of the workflows, roles and responsibilities required at each stage of production. You will obtain practical skills in writing production schedules and budgets as well as an insight into the legal, insurance, payroll, cost reporting and rights management issues.

This course is offered predominantly online, approximately 7.5 hours a week (for 32 weeks) of course work with additional time for assessments and course related practice activities..


For details of help to pay for your fees, please refer to the Study Assist website.


To complete the course you will need access to:

  • A computer with an internet connection (please be aware that the video conference sessions use the same amount of data as Skype).


Foundation Diploma graduates from 2009-2014 are automatically accepted into this course and need only to register by providing their name and the date of graduation. The link to register as a Foundation Diploma graduate is available here.

Foundation Diploma graduates have until December 1, 2017 to register. Further details will be provided about enrolment after that date.

Contact our Student Centre​ or call 1300 131 461 or (02) 9805 6444 with any questions or to learn more about your study options. You can also contact the Indigenous Unit​.

Changes in circumstances may impact upon the accuracy or currency of information. While AFTRS takes all due care to ensure that the information is accurate, it reserves the right to vary any information described here without notice.

Last updated June 23, 2017



Online with weekly video conferencing (to be confirmed times and day).

Two weekend workshops per semester as follows:

Semester 1:
Week 1- March 3 and 4
Week 14- June 2 and 3

Semester 2:
Week 1- July 21 and 22
Week 13- October 13 and 14

Semester 1 Subjects: 1. Screen Production Fundamentals and 2. The Evolving Production Landscape

Semester 2 Subjects: 3. Production Management in Practice - Fiction and 4. Production Management in Practice - Factual.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the role of the production manager for different production formats.

  2. Identify key members of the crew and production department required for different types of productions.

  3. Outline the expectations of a production manager at each stage of production for a variety of projects of different levels and formats.

  4. Prepare schedules, breakdowns and budgets in accordance with general and industry awards, agreements, practices and legal and insurance considerations.

  5. Apply communication and problem solving skills.

Admission Requirements

Places in this course are competitive and are based on merit selection.

Candidates are required to submit the following:

1. Application Tasks

1.1 Prepare a personal statement outlining your previous experience and why you want to do this course. This statement can be a video file (2 minutes submit as MP4) or written (300 words submit as PDF).

1.2 Researching the costs online, on Excel prepare two budget proposals and a comparison sheet for a trip to Alice Springs for 1 couple.

The Excel workbook needs to contain:

  • Worksheet 1: budget 1: tourist class.

  • Worksheet 2: budget 2: luxury travel.

  • Worksheet 3: comparison showing links to budgets 1 & 2 and line by line variances.

The Excel workbook and sheets need to:

  • Be unlocked.

  • Use formula.

  • Be presented in an easy-to read layout.

Each budget needs to include:

  • Airfares from your capital city of choice.

  • Ground transport.

  • Accommodation.

  • A local tour.

1.3 You are going to shoot on a 'deserted island'. You can take 3 cast/crew with you and 5 pieces of equipment.

Provide a 1 page Word Doc (submit as PDF file), including:

  • A brief description of what are you shooting.

  • A list of who will you take with you and why.

  • A list of the equipment you would take with you and why.

2. Uploading your Documents and Media File

You will be able to upload your media file/s as part of the application process. Ensure you conform to the required file type and size specified as follows.

Each document has a maximum of 10MB in size, and 50MB for media file. Contact the Student Centre on (02) 9805 6444, if you having any problems in uploading your media file.

Go to this link for information on media files.

3. Resume and Educational Qualifications

Provide a one-page list of your achievements, educational qualifications and work experience.

You must also provide a certified copy of your highest education level as detailed on the How and When to Apply page on the AFTRS website. Use the link provided for information on how to certify documents.

4. Proof of Residency

Ensure you submit a certified copy of your birth certificate or passport as detailed on the How and When to Apply page on the AFTRS website. Use the link provided for information on how to certify documents.

Selection Criteria

Places in this course are competitive and are based on merit selection. The selection criteria are:

  • Evidence of a commitment to a career in the creative industries

  • Evidence of original creative thinking.

  • Evidence of ability to complete complex tasks.


1. Screen Production Fundamentals
The aim of this subject is for students to gain an understanding of the production department and the role of the production manager across different production formats.

2. The Evolving Production Landscape
The aim of this subject is for student to gain an understanding of the expectations and opportunities within the production of screen content in Australian.

3. Production Management in Practice - Fiction
The aim of this subject is for students to apply their knowledge of the role of the production manager to a fiction format project

4. Production Management in Practice - Factual
The aim of this subject is for students to apply their knowledge of the role of the production manager to a factual format project


The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.