DES112 Production Management (8)

This subject introduces students to the roles and responsibilities of a production manager in a range of theatrical, screen media, festival, commercial/trade or event based contexts. Fundamental management skills are covered including scheduling, budgeting, workplace health and safety compliance, risk management and mitigation, production planning, staging/eventing and project management. Students explore and apply a range of organisational communication skills for stage, screen or other team-based performance and productions. Specific stage-management skills for design are covered.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have previously completed DES107 Design Implementation.

Assumed Knowledge

This subject assumes students have a cursory knowledge of production based design in one or more forms.

Subject Relationships

DES107 DES107 Design Implementation is made obsolete by this subject.

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and describe the function of a range of design and performance production roles;
  • be able to apply techniques of design and production management in performative and creative contexts;
  • be able to apply fundamental principles of project management for the arts;
  • be able to apply context appropriate communication skills in team-based project scenarios;
  • be able to construct production schedules and budgets; and
  • be able to recall and explain fundamental workplace health and safety responsibilities of the production manager and designer.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Overview of production management
  • Production Management in Theatre, Screen, Festival, Commercial/Trade and Eventing
  • Scheduling, Budgeting, WHS & Risk Management
  • Organisational Skills
  • Communicating in team-based and production environments
  • Project and Event management
  • Stage Management


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.