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The Television Production for Beginners course offers 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.

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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.

Course summary

Qualification gained
Australian College Certificate in Media (Television Production)
Course code
Study mode
Flexible delivery (including online with some projects / activities and/or skills-based training)
Course fees
Pay up-front, pay by installment or completely customise your own payment plan here. Employers, ask about our group/corporate rates and traineeship availability.
Flexible duration (with an option to extend)
Up to 12 months
Study load
Start date
Start anytime
Assessment method
Multiple choice, short answer questions
Nationally recognised

Career opportunities

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

Course units

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

Unit 2 - Television Production Skills

Reading 1 - Media Research

Gathering the facts
Approaching information sources
Location surveys
The pre-interview
Writing a research brief

Reading 2 - Writing for Television

News, sport and current affairs
Lifestyle and reality TV
Light entertainment

Reading 3 - Television Camera and Filming

Broadcast technology
Directing TV
TV camera operation
The multi camera studio

Reading 4 - Television Sound Recording

What is sound?
Basic microphone types
Studio and location sound recording
Recording voice over
Music and audio mixing

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 - Digital TV

Digital and web TV
Producing for a TV website
Web glossary

Reading 3 - Launching a TV Show

TV editing -the basics
Editing techniques
Promoting a new TV program
TV publicity

Reading 4 - 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

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.

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Rima Obeid, 2nd September 2014

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