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Diploma in Production Accounting

1.  About the Diploma in Production Accounting

Learn the specialised skills required to forge a career as a production accountant in screen content production. This course will develop your understanding of the role of the production accountant on different types of projects. It will prepare you to be an assistant on a fast track to a career as a feature film production accountant or to take a role immediately as a production accountant on a low budget project.

In this course you will develop an understanding of the financial requirements and reconciliation of each stage of production. You will develop skills in payroll, accounts payable, petty cash, cost reporting and funding reporting as it relates to screen production.

This course is an invaluable complement to the skills and knowledge of production management and producing. It will enable you to transfer the skills of a traditional accountant to screen content production accounting. Delivered across one semester online, with one weekend workshop on campus, this course allows students to maintain a career while studying. Graduates of this course will be eligible to apply for a paid internship with Moneypenny, an acknowledged industry specialist in production accounting.

If you wish to work as a production accountant in the screen industry, this course will enhance your accounting skills in support of your goal. You will develop the knowhow to understand the role of the production accountant and how to reconcile each stage of production including payroll, accounts payable, petty cash, cost reporting and funding reporting.

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.  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.

4.  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.

5.  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.

6.  Student Profile

Note: applications to the Diploma in Production Accounting 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 Diploma in Production Accounting was not offered during the last reporting period.

7.  Where to get further information

Application requirements are available here.


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