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FSP1005 Production Management

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: Daryl Sparkes


Enrolment is not permitted in FSP1005 if FTR1007 has been previously completed.


Production Management is an integral part of the production of any audio-visual program. This course introduces students to the many facets of the “production office” and the pivotal roles of a Producer and Production Manager in the creation of film and television project. Students engage in the theoretical underpinning of the production management processes and how they relate to the other production departments. Students also engage with and apply each element of production management, which are essential to the overall degree program.

FSP1005 Production Management is a foundation course in the Film programme designed to transition beginning filmmakers into a skillset that is fundamental to all media productions. The skills learnt in this course will be utilised in the creation of productions in other FSP courses.

This course will explore the management skills needed for the four areas of production management: pre-production, production, post-production and distribution stages of a media production. Students will engage with and apply industry standards to the most efficient and economical way to organise their productions, while focusing on the `Macro' of media business management and the `micro' of making day-to-day production decisions to ensure that projects proceed smoothly. All aspects of pre-production will be examined including identifying and generating story idea, proposal development, project pitching, production budget, scheduling, legal, insurance, the break-down of scripts into shot lists and storyboards and time management. Through case studies, students will journey through the production process, the post-production phase and finally the distribution of the production. Students will complete a series of authentic assessment tasks based on industry practice in film making that reflect industry aligned skills and current knowledge.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Research and apply theoretical and practical principles of production management
  2. Construct a "pitch" session that allows exploration of story, plot, character and dialogue
  3. Act in the role of the Producer and Production Manager and apply the processes of the production office in a production
  4. Apply basic financial management principles as they apply to the media industry
  5. Apply legal issues and contracts for media projects
  6. Create a script breakdown and storyboard
  7. Identify and resolve potential problems that arise as part of the production process


Description Weighting(%)
1. Pitching 10.00
2. Basic Financial Management 10.00
3. Budget 10.00
4. Scheduling 10.00
5. Legal Issues and Contracts 10.00
6. Insurance 10.00
7. Time Management 10.00
8. Storyboarding 10.00
9. Post-production Documentation 10.00
10. Distribution Networks 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There is no set text for this subject however, you are encouraged to explore and investigate other text and materials.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Quiz No 10 1,3,4,5
Assignments Written Planning document No 40 1,2,3,7
Assignments Written Portfolio No 50 1,3,4,5,6,7
Date printed 10 February 2023