How to become a film or media director

Transform your artistic vision into reality in the head creative position of a creative project.

What does a film or media director do?

Film or media directors lead the creative aspects of performing arts productions, such as movies, television shows, and live theatre. They guide actors in how best to play their characters, working with producers to manage the production.

Duties and tasks

  • Research and choose scripts.
  • Audition and select a cast.
  • Think about location and scenery.
  • Describe costume and makeup requirements.
  • Communicate cinematograph, lighting, and technical aspects.
  • Attend rehearsals and work with actors.
  • Collaborate on editing and postproduction changes.

Industry bodies

Related jobs

  • Film director
  • Movie director
  • Producer
  • Radio or television director
  • Stage director
  • Stage manager
  • Theatrical director

Discover related degrees

Undergraduate GRF-ART-DEG-2023

Bachelor of Arts

Available majors

  • Major in Art History
  • Major in Creative Writing
  • Major in Criminal Justice
  • Major in History
  • Major in Journalism
  • Major in Literature
  • Major in Public Relations
  • Major in Screen and Media Studies
  • Major in Sociology

Postgraduate SWI-WRI-MAS-2023

Master of Writing

Undergraduate GRF-COM-DEG-2023

Bachelor of Communication

Available majors

  • Major in Journalism
  • Major in Public Relations
  • Major in Business Communication
  • Major in Creative Writing
  • Major in Screen and Media Studies

Discover related subjects

Undergraduate GRF-CMM348-2023

Screen Celebrity and Stardom

Undergraduate UNE-COMM101-2023

Screen Media

Related degrees

Undergraduate MAQ-MHIX3030-2023

Screening the Past: History on Film and Television

Related degrees

Undergraduate GRF-CMM221-2023

Television Studies

We're here to guide you there

Our student advisors can assist you with enrolment, help you plan your studies, and answer questions about how studying through Open Universities Australia can get you from where you are today, to where you want to be tomorrow.

Talk to a student advisor

We'll be in touch to answer your questions.

Student advisor Jason Student advisor Maria Student advisor Peter

Usually replies in 30 mins