The course covers the basics of the production design process as it relates to major studio productions, commercials and low-budget independent media projects.
Through the study of selected films, we see how art direction, sets, color, tone and texture and props create mood and impact set design, storytelling and production values.
We examine the relationship between the production designer, art director, set decorator, prop master, and visual effects designer with the director, director of photography (DP) and producer.
We cover the process of how a script is visualized, planned, and a "look" realized. We cover the process, paper work, and schedule by which all media projects are developed during pre-production.
You and your team will analyze a script, do a breakdown of scene(s), map out the action, and design the sets and locations to tell a story.
As you research period styles, create sketches, collect photos of exteriors and/or interior spaces, you will also scout location options and produce a viable construction budget.
The course will also survey set design techniques, construction methods, model making (miniature and 'big'- atures) and generate guidelines for planning special effects (SFX).
The general requirements for camera movement, lighting aspects, sound recording, weather related issues and solar paths are stressed as designers and the art department crew members work to create a series of effective sets in service of the 'story' in a space where the actors and crew can work.
The Goals of The Workshops
By the end of the 2-day or completion of the full 6-day course you will have a greater understanding of the demands of the Art Department. As you gain more familiarity with each role within the department, you will learn to assess a position that not only suits your temperament but also makes use of your knowledge, creativity, experience and people-skills as you work on a variety of media projects.
What You Leave With
Those who complete the 6-day course will have created a working production notebook, containing your notes, photos, sketches and layouts, together with a copy of marked-up script and related budgets. It will be this on-going, working portfolio that will land you your next job as a member of the Art Department.
* Alaskan Resident Career Grant
Alaskan residents may qualify for a full tuition grant that may also include transportation to Anchorage. More information and applications are on our website: