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Directing Intensive

Behind the scenes of 'Suburban Wildlife' | Dir. Imogen McCluskey | Photo: Chelsea Thistlewaite

Develop your craft as a director in storytelling, script analysis and working with actors in this five-day intensive taught by an experienced industry director. You’ll develop skills in casting, rehearsal techniques, breaking down a script and scene blocking. This course focuses on drama directing and the skills you’ll learn are relevant to all screen content.

Gain a deeper understanding of the role of Director and what is required of a director in pre-production, production and post-production

How to communicate your ideas to professional actors in a clear and practical way and understanding of the possibilities of the rehearsal process

Developing your directorial voice and how to communicate it effectively

Is the Directing Intensive right for you?

If you need to develop your craft skills as a Director, this course will be valuable. It is NOT suitable for someone who has no filmmaking experience. Ideally you would have directed a short film, web series, TVC or Similar and wish to expand your skills in the areas of working with actors and script analysis.

If you have not studied directing previously, it may be useful to consider the Intro to Directing course first.

Meet Your Tutors

Hannah Hilliard

Hannah Hilliard is a multi-award winning AFTRS graduate who has worked as a director in film, television, and commercials. She…

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What you will need

This is an intensive five-day course, where you will be expected to actively participate in practical exercises with your classmates. You should have filmmaking experience – including on-set experience – and preferably some directing experience as mentioned above.


Currently, AFTRS is in the Orange Zone of the AFTRS COVID-Safe Roadmap.

This means the requirements for all staff and students coming into the AFTRS building are as follows:

  • Proof of full vaccination (or a certified medical exemption plus a negative COVID test within 72 hrs before entry)
  • Service NSW QR Code Check-in & AFTRS QR Code check-in
  • Mandatory Mask wearing in all public spaces, teaching rooms & workspaces
  • Maintain 1.5 meters physical distance at all times
  • Anyone who has been interstate from NSW in the last 7 days needs to present a negative COVID test within 72 hrs of entry
  • Anyone who has a ‘Red Warning’ in Service NSW App from potential contact with a positive COVID case in the last 7 days needs to present a negative test since that date at entry

You will not be permitted entry if you fail to comply with any of the above, if you are awaiting the results of a COVID test, are a close contact, or are unwell and presenting any symptoms.

All students participating in face-to-face courses are required to adhere to the AFTRS COVID-Safe Requirements as directed by AFTRS.

AFTRS reserves the right to update or amend AFTRS’ COVID-Safe Requirements at any time for any reason.

AFTRS reserves the right to suspend any student from a face-to-face course for any failure to adhere to the AFTRS COVID-Safe Requirements.

Any student from a face-to-face course suspended due to a failure to adhere to the AFTRS COVID-Safe Requirements will not be eligible for any partial or full course fee refund.

Read more about AFTRS’ COVID-Safe protocols here.

To find out about future offerings of this course, register your interest. For more information email info@aftrs.edu.au or call 1300 223 877.


This course is for students aged 18+ only.

If a student wishes to withdraw from a course, they may do so up to 15 days before the course commences and get a full refund. Cancellations 14 days or less before course commencement will incur a penalty.

AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled by AFTRS prior to commencement a 100% refund or credit note of the course fees paid will be provided.

Should AFTRS need to cancel a course after commencement, but before its completion, reasonable efforts will be made to reschedule. If rescheduling is not feasible, it is at AFTRS sole discretion to issue either full or partial credit notes depending on the circumstances.

AFTRS will make every effort to ensure the scheduled run of any course.

If you are planning to travel to attend a course, please confirm with AFTRS that the course is confirmed before you make your travel bookings. This decision is dependent on course enrolments meeting minimum numbers. AFTRS is not liable for any travel or accommodation costs incurred through course cancellation at any time for any reason.

Find out more information about discounts and refunds here.