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Film and Television Producer

Last modified: August 27, 2012, 12:37 PM

This is an ideal career for creative thinkers. A film and television producer plans and manages both the technical and artistic streams of the film or TV production process. You supervise the budget, recruitment of staff, script development and coordination of sets, locations and equipment. In many ways a producer is like the Managing Director of a company.

Qualifications, leading Universities and Employment 

You can work in this profession without formal education however extensive experience in the Film and Television industry is desirable. Equally advantageous is a strong understanding of the business side of film and TV production, and having the ability to run a startup company.

So how do you get this experience?

There are many different courses Australia wide that provide hands on experience and education in screen, media, or film and television production. There are certificate, diploma and degree courses available. Entry into the certificate and diploma courses usually requires completion of year 10. To gain entry into a degree course, you usually have to have finished Year 12 and depending on the institution a specific entry score will be a pre-requisite. For people who are not straight out of secondary school, an interview and show reel/folio presentation is usually required.

The most competitive and advanced institution to gain entry to is the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in Sydney. Acceptance is usually based on previous experience, and allows students to focus on one particular discipline such as Production.

Other institutions with relevant courses are the University of Melbourne (Faculty of the VCA and Music), Swinburne University of Technology and RMIT University in Victoria. They offer courses such as a Bachelor of Film and Television, Graduate Diploma in Film and Television and an Advanced Diploma of Screen to name a few. These courses give a general overview and teach you many different aspects of the Film and Television industry. SAE Institute in Melbourne offers a Bachelor of Film Production and Holmesglen Institute of TAFE offers a Bachelor of Screen Production.

You can also adapt traditional undergraduate courses such as Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Communication and Bachelor of Media by selecting specialist subjects and majoring in television production, Media Arts and Production or Media Studies.

The entry criteria for tertiary institiutions differs from year to year. The above comments are a guide only. To gain specific entry criteria either contact the relevant university or use Hobson's The Good University Guide.

Relevant Universities Colleges & TAFE

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About the Author

Kat Holmes

Kat Holmes

Producer of Kat Life Films

Kat Life Films produce films that challenge the viewer and their perception of either themselves or the world around them. They fictionalise current events and issues, and centre the narrative on ordinary characters trying to find meaning in their lives. Kat Life Films aims to produce films that matter. 

Did you know it cost $7 million to build the Titanic and $200 million to make a film about it?

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