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Industry Certificate: Production Management (Scripted)

Become a Production Manager

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.

Is the Industry Certificate: Production Management (Scripted) right for you?

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 Producer and aspiring Production Managers who wish to work on Scripted productions including short and feature films, TV drama series and narrative comedy. If you are interested in learning Production Management skills for Unscripted Broadcast TV – including Reality, Factual and Entertinement programming you should look at our Industry Certificate: Production Management (TV Unscripted).

Shorter relevant courses are the Budgeting Fundamentals course, Intro to Producing and the Screen Business Essentials course.

Meet Your Tutors

Lorelle Adamson

Lorelle Adamson is a highly experienced Production Manager/Line Producer who has been active in the Australian film and TV industry for…

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What you will need

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
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.


This course is eligible for a payment plan.

25% to confirm enrolment in the course
25% due 14 days from beginning of course
25% due by the end of week 2 of the course
25% due by the end of week 4 of the course
Note: If you enrol 14 – 1 day before course commencement, 50% payment will be required to confirm enrolment.

Industry Certificate: Production Management (Scripted) Offerings


27 Jan 2020 to 22 Mar 2020
8 weeks. Onsite workshops: 1 x Thur -Sun + 3 weekends + online sessions

Early Bird Industry Price:

This price is available to all Australian screen and broadcast practitioners and includes the early bird discount as it currently more than 28 days from commencement of the course.

Early Bird Course Price:

This is the standard course price and includes the early bird discount as it currently more than 28 days from commencement of the course.

AFTRS, Building 130, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park NSW 2021

For more information call 1300 131 461, or register for future offerings.

Important information

AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled a full refund of course fees will be provided. If you are planning to travel to attend a course, please confirm with us via email that the course will be proceeding before you make your travel bookings. AFTRS is not liable for any travel costs incurred due to course postponement, cancellation, or any other circumstance.

If an attendee 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 fee.

Find out more information about discounts and refunds.

For more Information and to get a copy of the course outline email: shortcourses@aftrs.edu.au or phone 1300 065 281.