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Art Direction For Film

Art Direction For Film (Online Short Course)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Georgina Shorter


Production designers make a vital contribution towards creating a tangible world through visual storytelling. They need to be able to develop their own ideas, work independently, and also in collaboration with others. You will explore key aspects of screen design, from script analysis and interpretation, to researching skills, development of concepts, design approaches and finding interesting ways of presenting ideas. 

Topics covered

  • Rather than accepting easy conventional solutions,the emphasis of this course is on developing your own interpretation through exploration and experimentation in response to a narrative.
  • In order to facilitate this, participants will be asked to bring homework in progress to each class, so that they can develop their own ideas and skills base.
  • It is also important that participants engage with group discussions in order to fully benefit from the course.
  • You can also expect to spend some time watching examples of films.

You will finish the course with an introductory knowledge of skills required by the film industry such as model making and technical drawing. In addition, the course will give you an insight into the processes involved in an art department.

Entry requirements: None

Level: Beginners and Intermediate

Please note that all courses scheduled until 11 September 2020 will take place in an online classroom. Courses starting after this date will be held in our onsite classrooms.

For more information on Online Short Courses please see the below information.

All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Please note that Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Tutor Description

Georgina Shorter trained as a set and costume designer at Central Saint Martins. She has worked in the film / television industries for over 15 years in a variety of areas - art department, wardrobe, festivals, events and education. She is a published author and currently produces and directs film in the corporate world.


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Design magazines
  • scissors
  • wood glue
  • drawing materials (pens and pencils)
  • materials to create colour (pastels and/or paint and/or pens)
  • metal ruler
  • coloured paper
  • scalpel / craft knife
  • cutting mat
  • Tablet/ Laptop (if you have one).

Available dates