Get Into Film and Television: Scripts, Screenwriting and TV Producing


Course Information

The Get into Film and Television: Scripts, Screenwriting and TV Producing course was written by one of Australia's most successful television producers and provides you with opportunities to pursue roles within the expanding world of network television.

With over 100 channels, and more launching all the time, there is an increasing need for people to work behind the scenes.

This course takes you through every possible aspect of entry level television, from getting a job as a TV extra or show runner to starting a lucrative career as a producer, director or on-camera presenter.

You then explore the world of scriptwriting, learning how to write for television, film and video. You will actually develop your own screenplay and even learn how to market it.

The author – Sandra Fulloon

Sandra Fulloon has an exciting and successful career that has, over the years, included TV producing, video production, news reporting and worldwide current affair.

Currently Sandra is a Television Executive Consultant providing a range of television producing and development services for Australian and international television companies. In the past she has been responsible for the production of Australian Idol (the highest rating series in Australian TV history), Big Brother, Big Brother 2, documentaries and series for the BBC and Discovery Channel, and storey editing Big Brother 3. Prior to this Sandra was a Senior Reporter for Channel Nine News and ABC Radio and Television. Sandra has led a star-studded career to date and there’s more to come.

"Television is a great career," Sandra says. "If you can handle the pace, pressure and the lifestyle, it's a fabulous industry to be working in."

*Note: Many people ask what the difference is between scriptwriting and screenwriting.

Scriptwriting involves many areas. A scriptwriter can write scripts for television, radio, political speeches, VIP presentations, film, video stage, music even games. Scriptwriting is not limited to just writing scripts for the movies.

A script is the text or manuscript (dialogue, instructions, etc.) for a movie, television program, radio program, and so on. 'Script' comes from the word 'manuscript' so it's a bit like the manuscript for a book except that it's for a different form of media.

Screenwriting is actually writing a script for the screen (movie screen, television screen, video screen, even a computer screen). This is the difference between scriptwriting and screenwriting. This course focuses on writing scripts for television, film and video's screenwriting.


Australian College provides you with a range of payment plan options. You can pay upfront, pay by instalment or completely customise your own payment plan here.

Employers ask about our group/corporate rates and traineeship availability.

Entry Requirements
  • Access to a computer with word processing, PDF reader capabilities and an internet connection
  • A good command of written English
  • Ability to allocate appropriate study hours per week

If you have these essential requirements then you can get started immediately.


When you successfully complete your course you will be awarded the Australian College Diploma of Media (Film Scripts, Screenwriting and Television Producing).

Qualification Pathways
  • Complete the required training and the assessment requirements
  • Apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  • Apply for Recognition of Current Competency (RCC)
  • Apply for Credit Transfer (CrT)
Career Opportunities

Television Producer/Director, Field Producer, Production Assistant, Television Presenter, TV/Movie Extra, Runner, Screenwriter, Scriptwriter for TV/Film/Video*.

Course Summary
Course Code:
Delivery Mode:
Online and Flexible delivery
Assessments may vary according to each subject, but may include one or more of the following:
  • Short answers questionnaires
  • Written tasks/Written essays
  • Multiple choice/true or false questions
  • Workplace hours
  • Scenario-based case studies, practical projects with product or software, documents or diagrams.
Qualification Gained:
Diploma of Media (Film Scripts, Screenwriting and Television Producing)
Nationally Recognised:
National Code:
Awarded By:
Australian College
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The online campus, the contact, the caring, is the best I have ever experienced."

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"The great customer service and prompt responses to my email enquiries helped me to choose Australian College as my preferred online training course. This was also the case while completing my course online and the trainers were especially helpful with their responses and feedback.

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Subject Descriptions

Unit 1 - Introduction to the Television Industry
Reading 1 - The World of Television - The TV Scene
Introduction to your course
The television industry in australia
Working in TV
TV basics
Getting the most from your course
Reading 2 - Selling the Dream - The Image Makers
The TV audience
Collecting audience data
Comparing audiences
Meeting audience expectations
Marketing TV in Australia
Reading 3 - Behind the Scenes - Breaking into the industry
The TV business
In training
Staffing a typical TV show
A typical TV work day
Moving on up
Useful resources
Reading 4 - Pre-Production
Preparing a pitch document
Setting up a production office
Contracting cast and crew
Budgeting a TV show
Locations and schedules
Reading 5 - Media Research
Gathering the facts
Approaching information sources
Location surveys
The pre-interview
Writing a research brief
Reading 6 - Writing for Television
News, sport and current affairs
Lifestyle and reality TV
Light entertainment
Unit 2 - Television Product Skills and Screenwriting
Reading 1 - Television Camera and Filming
Broadcast technology
Directing TV
TV camera operation
The multicamera studio
Reading 2 - Television Sound Recording
What is sound?
Basic microphone types
Studio and location sound recording
Recording voice over
Music and audio mixing
Reading 3 - Writing the Screenplay
Introduction to screenwriting
Structure in screenwriting
Point of view
Screen devices
Developing a screenplay
The synopsis
The scene breakdown
Check your progress
Reading 4 - Scriptwriting for the Screen 1
Markets for scripts
Developing the script
Writing the script
Reading 5 - Screenwriting for Film, Television and Video
Analysing a screenplay
Developing a screenplay
Marketing a screenplay
Reading 6 - Scriptwriting for the Screen 2
Developing your script
Writing the script
Unit 3 - Marketing and Producing for Television
Reading 1 - Television Producing
What producers do
Producers in pre-production
Producers in production
Producers in post-production
Resources for producers
Reading 2 - Television Presenting Skills
Screen presence
On-camera skills
Vocal skills
Taking direction
Image control
Reading 3 - Digital TV
Digital and web TV
Producing for a TV website
Web glossary
Reading 4 - Launching a TV Show
TV editing -the basics
Editing techniques
Promoting a new TV program
TV publicity
Reading 5 - TV Genres: Reality TV, Lifestyle, Current Affairs, Drama
Starting your film and TV career
The industry in Australia
News/sport/current affairs
Lifestyle/reality/ entertainment
Drama and soap
The main producers of TV in Australia
Federal and state agencies
Working in TV
Getting your first TV job
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