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Film Art Department Skills Weekend

Film Art Department Skills Weekend

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Clara Zita, Sue Booth


Developing film art department skills is essential for anyone interested in pursuing a career in the film industry. This course will cover those key skills needed including script breakdowns, location plan measuring, simple graphics, white card models, career progression, how to find work and who does what during filming.

Who should take this course?

The course is aimed at those that would like to start a career working in the art departments in film and drama and who see themselves as working towards positions as Assistant Art Directors, Art Directors, Standby Art Directors, Set Dressers, Set Decorators, Production Designers or Set Designers (this course is not suited for those wishing to follow careers as costume designers or makeup designers).

Topics covered

  • Film and drama script breakdown from an art department point of view
  • An introduction to architectural scale, set construction drawings, location measuring and site plan scale drawing
  • An introduction to simple graphics used on film sets
  • Whitecard scale model makings
  • Career progression and the structure of film and drama art departments
  • How to find work and how to start your career
  • How the art department interacts with other departments on a film

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for anyone with an art and design background (students/graduates in architecture, interior design, fine art, theatre design, graphic design, furniture design, sculpture film, spatial design and games design)

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

Tutor Description

Clara Zita is a BBC trained Production Designer with over 20 years experience working in Film and Television. She has worked on a large variety of productions and for a time was Head of Design at ITV daytime. Clara has helped start the careers of many young professionals who attended her 'Set Design for Film and Television' short course at Central Saint Martins and who now are working in the industry. Some of her work can be seen on IMDB

Sue Booth has been a Production Designer in film and TV for over 20 years.She has a degree in Film and Television Design and started her working life as a theatre designer before moving into film and TV, first as an Art Director and then as a Production Designer. Sue has worked for BBC, ITV and many independents, on films and dramas. Some of the projects she has worked on may be seen on


Please bring the following with you to the first session:

  • 1:50mm ruler
  • Tape measure 
  • HB pencils 
  • Notebook
  • Ccutting board
  • Pens 
  • Paper
  • Set square

Available dates