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Set Design For Film And Television

Set Design For Film And Television (Online Short Course)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Clara Zita


The design element in film and television has always played a major part in any production. The designer's role is crucial to the invention of the world that we see on screen, from the recreation of a specific period in history, authentic present day, or the innovative sculptural design involved in light entertainment, comedy, arts, music or game shows.

Who should take this course?

This course is aimed at beginners who would like to gain knowledge of the processes involved when designing for a production and learn more about the careers available in the art department of films or television.

Topics covered

You will be introduced to the dynamics involved when designing for a multi-camera television studio environment, resulting in an accurate scale and colour model of a set for a specific show.

We then look at film design, covering script breakdown, character analysis, simple scenery construction, set dressing and location film work.

By the end of the course students will have produced models, ground plans, moodboards and visuals for their portfolio.

Entry requirements: None

Level: Beginners

Read more about this course on the CSM Short Course blog

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

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 with you to the first session:

  • Sketch Pad
  • A4 Tracing pad
  • 10ft tape measure
  • HB pencil
  • 1:50mm scale ruler (optional)
  • Small cutting mat
  • Scalpel and 10a surgical blades
  • Metal ruler
  • Anything which you would like to draw with, such as pens or coloured pencils

Available dates