Introduction to Directing with Andrew Prowse


Level: Beginner
Course code:
Date/s & times:
next course tbc
Contact hours: 24
Fee: $694 Open Channel Members / $832 (non-members) (GST Inc)
(Membership: $55 / $44 concession – join Open Channel here)
Prerequisites: Must provide prior to the course own 2-page scene (2 characters) to workshop and direct.
Editing skills an advantage, or may work with an external editor to cut scene.

Open Channel’s ‘Introduction to Directing’ is a practical training workshop on all elements of storytelling from the perspective of the director. Starting from the basics of the role of the director and interpreting the script, you will explore how to best use the tools at your disposal to work collaboratively in telling a story to your audience.

With a focus on independent and low budget filmmaking, this intensive course will cover how to best work with your actors, crew and to get the most out of your budget.

Designed for beginners, this course provides you with essential skills for directing for the screen. Apply your skills by directing a cast of actors under the guidance of professional Director, Andrew Prowse (Underbelly, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Rush, McLeod’s Daughters).

The course also covers:

  • Working with the script and developing a vision
  • The producer and director relationship
  • Casting, rehearsing and working with actors
  • Working with key collaborators including cinematographer, designer, composer and sound designer
  • The on set environment & blocking the scene
  • Communicating using diagrammatic tools such as storyboards and shot plans
  • Shooting efficiently
  • Working with the editor

Who should do this course? 
Anyone wanting to learn the basics of directing for a screen production.

Where can I go after this course? 
Graduates can plan to direct their own short film or webseries project, apply for further education, or apply their skills to a range of other filmmaking craft or technical roles.

Are you interested in being Accredited for this course?
Read about Accreditation Options on Short Courses

How do I Enrol?
Please email to express interest in the next course which has not yet been scheduled. It will run when we reach minimum numbers.

If you wish to enrol in this course as part of a full Certificate III in Media / Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media, with up-front payment, click here.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment










Andrew Prowse is an Australian director of the stage and screen. He has also served in the capacity of producer, associate producer, writer, editor, production coordinator and production consultant. His recurring television work includes episodes of Underbelly, Heartbreak High, Wildside, Farscape, McLeod’s Daughters and Rush. On Farscape, Andrew Prowse also worked as associate producer on twenty episodes, a co-producer on eighteen episodes and a full producer on thirteen episodes. Prowse also Produced the recent hit mini series, INXS: Never Tear Us Apart.

Past Tutors

Past trainers for this course have included Jonathan auf der Heide (Van Diemen’s Land), Sue Brooks (Japanese Story),  Moira Moss (Raw FM), Glenda Hambly (Fran), Chris Langman (Blue Heelers)


Daniel Schultheis
Vocational Education and Training Manager
T: 03 8327 2016