Television Production for Beginners


Course Information

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.


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*.

*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.

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:
Certificate in Media (Television Production)
Nationally Recognised:
National Code:
Awarded By:
Australian College
What Our Students Say

"I loved every aspect of my course.

This was the first correspondence course I have actually completed and would highly recommend Australian College to my friends and family."

Everyone was extremely helpful via email and over the phone. I couldn't be happier.

Thank you so much."

Hayley Ballantyne, 4th February 2014

"The Australian College tutors were very helpful and inspiring. Coming from various backgrounds, they offered industry relevant information, trends, and ideas 'outside the box' at a level of which I would otherwise not have had access. They helped me to focus on the individual topics through the assignments and extract the most out of the course, making it directly relevant to the industry."

Marnie Bernard, 7th December 2013

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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
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
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