Needed competencies and skills

Career Progression and Training Opportunities

While there are numerous training courses and reference books on directing, formal qualifications are not necessary to become a Director.  Studying the art and craft of directing is important, but the role can only really be mastered through in-depth practical experience.  Writing a screenplay, directing one's own short film or an amateur play, are all good starting places.  Extensive industry experience is also crucial to this role; up-to-date knowledge of filmmaking techniques and equipment is vital, as is learning how to work with actors to create a performance.

As many Directors work their way up over many years from entry level positions, getting work experience as a Runner on a film set or in a production office is an ideal starting point.  Observing successful Directors at work, whilst immersing oneself in the practical process of filmmaking, are vital first steps on this fiercely competitive and highly challenging career path.

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Post-leaving Certificate Courses: