How to become a Film, Stage and Television Director

Film, stage and television directors direct the overall production, or specific aspects of the production, of films, television programs or stage shows. They have the final responsibility for making sure that everything is ready to be filmed or performed.

Personal requirements of a Film, Stage and Television Director

  • Artistic flair
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to remain calm under pressure
  • Able to exercise authority

Education & Training for a Film, Stage and Television Director

You can work as a film, stage and television director without formal qualifications. Entry to this occupation usually requires extensive experience in the film, television or theatre industries. Your employment prospects may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a VET qualification. Applicants may be required to attend an interview and/or submit a folio of work. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a film, stage and television director through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. Alternatively, you can become a film, stage and television director by completing a degree in screen and media, film and television, theatre or creative arts. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with English. Applicants may also be required to attend an interview and/or submit a folio of work. Institutions have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,394

Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.7%

NSW 58.7%

NT 1.2%

QLD 7.4%

SA 3.1%

TAS 0.7%

VIC 19.6%

WA 7.6%

Hours worked:

39

Unemployment:

below average

Gender split:

Proportion of male workers 75.6%

Proportion of female workers 24.3%

Education level:

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 10: 0%

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 12: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is secondary school: 15.9%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 12.4%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 15%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 56.6%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Proprortion of workers aged below 35 years: 32.3%

Proportion of workers aged above 35 years: 63.6%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




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