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.
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 in screen and media. 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 in Media or Screen and Media. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. 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. A number of institutions in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Institutions have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.
Film, stage and television directors may perform the following tasks:
Film companies, television stations, video production houses and theatre companies employ film, stage and television directors. Competition for jobs is very high and interstate and/or overseas experience is often needed to enhance employment prospects. Completion of a course will not guarantee entry to this occupation. Employment and advancement depend on considerable experience and talent.