Design for Stage + Screen Production Design

Production design (scenography) is the creation of a space in response to a text, music, dance or television format: an imagined world. Central to the process is an ability to analyse, creatively interpret and invent. In all areas, the Production Designer works closely with the director and a creative team, communicating through the use of scale models, sketches, paintings, technical drawings and digital media. Theatre: learn the skills to work across the gamut of drama, opera, musicals and dance. Television: create a visually distinctive and workable environment that gives each production – be it current affairs, gameshows, music or drama – its own unique visual identity. Film: design sets in studio and adapt existing locations to create a convincing world within which the story can unfold.

What will I do?

  • Learn how to create a space in response to a text, music, dance for film, television and theatre. 
  • Get the skills nececessary to creatively interpret and be visually inventive: these are central to the production deisgn process.
  • Learn how to work closely with a director and a creative team, communicating through the use of scale models, sketches, paintings, technical drawings and digital media.

What will I study?

Common Year 1
Digital Support Studies, Introductory Studies 1 – Design for Performance, Introductory Studies 2 – Design for Stage – Theatre, Introductory Studies 3 Design for Screen – Film, Design for Stage or Screen 1. Critical and Contextual Studies 1 and a common Faculty Module. 

Year 2
Four common modules, Photography and Documentation, Exploration and Experimentation, Critical and Cultural Studies 2 and a Faculty Elective. Technical Skills Studies – Production, Design for Screen – Production Design, Personal Design Project 2 – Production.

Year 3
Work Placement/ Practical Experience followed by modules in the areas of Professional Studies; Critical and Contextual Studies, Collaboration Project – Across Course, Advanced Discipline Practice – Production. 

Year 4
Directed minor project, a self-selected major project and a business + entrepreneurship module which culminates in the Graduate Showcase. Included in the final year is a dissertation and/or documented research project. 

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