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Advanced Diploma in Production Management

1.  About the Advanced Diploma in Production Management

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.

2.  Essential requirements for admission

Applicants are required to have completed a certificate of senior secondary education (or establish equivalence through other study and/or professional experience) by the commencement of the program and must submit a certified copy of their highest educational qualification (or other documentation relating to equivalence, if relevant).

Applicants must attempt and submit all specified application tasks. Incomplete applications will not be assessed.

3.  Student profile

Note: applications to the Advanced Diploma in Production Management are assessed entirely on the basis of submitted application materials, given that applicants have met the prerequisite of a senior secondary certificate of education (or equivalent) according to Australian Qualifications Framework recommendations for admission to undergraduate programs.

The Advanced Diploma in Production Management was offered for the first time in 2018.

4.  Admission criteria

AFTRS does not assess ATAR. Admission determined through a process of merit-based selection on the basis the assessment of specific application tasks.

Tasks are assessed by a selection panel according to the following three selection criteria:

  • Evidence of a commitment to a career in the creative industries.
  • Evidence of original creative thinking.
  • Evidence of ability to complete complex tasks.

Admission is assessed on the same basis for applicants from all educational backgrounds: applicants with higher education study; applicants with vocational education and training; applicants with recent secondary education; and applicants with work and life experience.

5.  How to apply

Candidates apply directly to AFTRS through the online application portal. Manual application forms are available for students unable to complete an online application.

6.  Advanced standing/academic credit/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

AFTRS does not recognise prior learning, advanced standing or previous academic credit, except for where students have been previously enrolled in an equivalent program at AFTRS and successfully completed progression requirements for one or more semesters. This credit is granted at the discretion of the Director of Curriculum and Registrar.

7.  Where to get further information

Application requirements are available here.


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