4 Week Into the Art Department

Discover the planning and craft behind the art department at a professional level

Course Summary

  • The production designer role
  • Working with producers & directors
  • References and design
  • Team breakdown
  • Props Making
  • Miniature Model Making
  • Miniature Lighting and Filming
  • Set etiquette
  • Art & craft skills
  • Portfolio making
  • Connect with key professionals
  • Technologies available
  • Products and tools orientation

Please note, price shown is excluding VAT

  • Duration 20 days
  • Location Buckinghamshire
  • Price £2199

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Qualified professionals in the art department are in demand across the UK and internationally.

This full-throttle, 4 week intensive programme is an opportunity for you to sharpen essential skills the industry demands while building your portfolio with the intent propose of facing the professional environment knowing you have the skills required by the industry. With both theory and practical days, this master course will equip you with the expertise required to understand the different processes involved in filmmaking within the art department.

Your 4 weeks are scheduled to run as follows:

Week 1 – Art Department Essentials

  • Production Design
  • Script Breakdown & Budgeting
  • Working with a director / producer
  • Concept to reality
  • Draughting – elevations & plans
  • Model making scaled

Week 2 – Props Making Essentials

  • The Props Department
  • Sculpting props
  • Moulding
  • Casting
  • Painting & Finishing

Week 3 – Construction & Miniature Model Making

  • Design and scaling
  • Moulding and casting
  • Texture stamps
  • Making and dressing foliage (depending on the model)
  • Organic surface textures (eg rock faces)
  • Architectural surfaces (eg roof tiles, brickwork)
  • Practical lighting
  • Metal finishes
  • Wood finishes
  • Painting and artworking
  • Setting up model
  • Dressing to camera
  • Basic lighting techniques
  • Camera techniques for shooting miniatures convincingly 

Week 4 – Set Dressing & Professional Skills

  • Set Dressing & Design
  • Standby Art Department
  • Set etiquette
  • Farleys visit
  • Portfolio and Interview Process
  • One on one and career planning

Emerge from this mastercourse with an enhanced skillset and increased confidence knowing that you will have a broad understanding of how some of the most important areas of the art department operate at a high level, and what is expected from you when involved in a project.

Every week we will be bringing some of the most respected designers and technicians in the industry to spend time with you, telling you all about their skills, setting up practical hands-on exercises, and overviewing each participant is making the most out of their training time. Classes are kept small to ensure a successful 1:1 between tutors and participants.

Tours to some of the most recognised art department houses will be included in this 4 weeks.

Who is this for?

Pro or career beginner, this master course is geared to build technical knowledge and align you ready for the industry. If you are looking to enhance their skills, knowledge and confidence you will benefit from world-class teaching . Small class sizes and tailored learning to your specific needs allow us to work with a variety of different experience levels. 

If you need financial support towards the cost of this training there are options available to you. Have a look at our Funding guide for more information. 

If you need advice on available travel and accommodation options to attend this training then have a look at our accommodation and Travel guide here. 

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