Art Department Essentials

Course type

Short Course


5 days

Discover the different stages of the design and dressing process from the script to the screen, while learning about etiquette on set, set preparation and dissecting a script from a production design perspective.

Build your technical knowledge and a diverse range of skills. This master course will include a visit to some of the UK’s major prop houses. We will also feature other key industry professionals as guest speakers. Resulting in a powerful overview of the department you wish to enter.

Course content

  • Roles & terminology
  • The concept – the overall vision
  • The script – set/prop breakdown/SFX
  • The camera – angles, ratios, and lenses
  • Visualisation & storyboarding
  • Researching
  • Surveying draughtsmanship – styles & scales
  • Sketching set layout
  • Draughting – elevations & plans
  • Schedules & budgets
  • Shooting

Who it's for

This is an introductory-level master course suitable for beginners looking all facets of the art department in top-level film making.

HETV working group endorsed

This course has been endorsed by the high-end TV working groups, supporting the continued professional development of the high-end TV industry and crew.

Bursaries available

There are ScreenSkills bursaries available to cover some or all of the costs of this course - including travel, accommodation, subsistence, care or disability access support to attend this course. To find out more about the support you may be eligible for, click the button below:

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Contact information


+44 (0) 1753 656 168

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Training provider

Art Department Essentials

Creative Media Skills

Creative Media Skills runs intensive film masterclasses led by the industry’s elite. Our courses equip industry professionals with the skills necessary to build a top-level career in film and television.

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