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Production Design – Pathway for Digital Filmmaking

“Unlike all the other art forms, film is able to seize and render the passage of time, to stop it, almost to possess it in infinity. I'd say that film is the sculpting of time.” - Andrei Tarkovsky




The Production Design pathway would train students to engage in the craft and technique of designing for film and television through skill based exercises and real world projects. Production Design would entail identifying the visual treatment of the film by working closely with the director, cinematographer, costume designer, VFX expert and producer. The course would explore script analysis and breakup, understanding of materials, the need for research to situate and contextualize the design, costing, planning, budgeting and design realization. Critical studies would also situate spatial explorations by routing them to culture and architecture.


What you will learn

In year 1 you will develop a holistic understanding of the larger filmic production process and be able to appreciate the different elements that constitute a filmic work. You will learn to apply various technical and creative elements of film practice at an introductory level across the domains of direction, cinematography, sound, editing, screenplay writing and production.

In year 2 you will learn to understand dramaturgy to create a link between the spatial design, props and narrative intent. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the spatial codes of narrative construction. Explore the relationship between material, structure, colour and form to create an appropriate production design to visually treat a given scenario. Be able to organize work to a brief and formulate budgeting, costing and possibilities of collaboration.

In year 3 you will consolidate your understanding of key production design tools and techniques such as ideation, research, visualization and realization by working in real world projects. You will also learn to work independently on a range of media projects.




Michael Joseph



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