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Production Design for Film and Drama Weekend

Production Design for Film and Drama Weekend

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Clara Zita


Production Designers are the inventors of worlds depicted in films or drama series. this course is an introduction to the highly creative role of the Production Designer on a film and the various skills they draw upon when designing film or drama sets.

This part seminar, part practical course will show what makes good production design and show how a Production Designer sets off creating the world illusion on screen from a script. The students will experience how a Production Designer starts designing a film set from where ever the script leads, creating mood boards, drawing concept visuals and draughting scale plans. 

Topics Covered

  • What makes good production design/film design
  • The multi-skills of a production designer
  • The Art Department and the various jobs within it
  • How to work from a film or drama script
  • Introduction to mood boards, simple set plan draughting to scale and drawing set visuals
  • Further training

Who should take this course?
Beginners; aimed at young designers who are interested in getting into the film industry.

Course Outcomes
You will achieve a better understanding of the job of a film or TV drama series designer, and come away with a deeper understanding of the work of a production designer, and how a Film Art Department works.

Entry requirements: None
Level: Beginners


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


Please bring on the first day:

  • Pencils, rubbers sharpeners
  • Notepad
  • Laptop (desirable not essential)
  • Tape measure
  • Pens to draw with

Available dates