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Introduction to Assistant Directing

What is assistant directing? The answer might surprise you.

This short, self-paced course unpacks what assistant directing really involves. Discover what it takes to be a first assistant director and learn more about the skills required to be successful in this pivotal screen production role.

The course, consisting of approximately 7 hours learning commitment, is delivered online over 4 weeks. It includes student exercises, video, downloads, and concludes with a scheduled virtual Q&A providing you with the opportunity to speak directly with one of our highly experienced guest assistant directors.

Gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of assistant directors, and when and why you would need one.

Explore the contributions assistant directors make to script breakdowns, scheduling, safety, managing the shoot and more.

Learn about the processes, practical skills and attributes that would make you a desirable assistant director.

Is Introduction to Assistant Directing right for you?

This is a great course for those interested in screen directing but unsure about the various directing roles available in screen production. It’s ideal for anyone studying or starting their career in live-action screen production, from emerging directors and producers to existing screen practitioners with little or no on-set experience keen to learn more.

No previous experience is required. Some understanding of filmmaking terminology and procedures would be beneficial.

This course is open to students aged 16 years and over. Students under 18 must complete an Under 18 Consent Form.

What you will need

You will need:

  • Internet with good bandwidth
  • Internet-connected laptop, desktop computer, tablet, or device
  • Internet browser, preferably Google Chrome or Firefox

You will be provided with:

  • A student login for access to the AFTRS learning platform
  • Access to a student chat forum

Asynchronous Learning

Coursework delivered asynchronously allows you to work through the course materials and exercises independently and at your own pace. Coursework is made up of instructional audio/visual material and includes written and image-based documentation, links and downloads.

Introduction To Assistant Directing Offerings


03 Jun 2024 to 30 Jun 2024

4 Weeks Asynchronous incl. 1 x live Zoom Q&A session Thu 27th June 6pm-7pm AEST

Course Price:

This is the standard course price.

You will need a computer with speakers, a microphone & webcam (built-in, USB plug-in, or wireless Bluetooth), and good internet connection

For more information please email shortcourses@aftrs.edu.au or call 1300 223 877 or to register for future offerings click here


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