Prop Making and Scenic Art Intensive

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Learn the practical skills required for Scenic Art/ Set Finishing Techniques and Prop Making for film or television productions in this five day intensive hands-on course in the AFTRS state-of-the-art staging workshop and studio.


• The basic scenic art techniques used in the process of building a film set including paint effects and texturing. I.e. recreating actual surfaces like wood, marble, sandstone etc.
• Recreating a background scene.
• Basics prop making skills including colouring, ageing and prop breakdown skills
• The basics of silicon mould making and casting
• The basics of making “stunt double” props. i.e. Fake knife, baseball bat, etc.
• The relationship between the production design, prop makers and scenic art department

Each student in this course will create a set/scenic piece and prop (or props) based on a specific design “inspiration” and take away photos of their work, shot in studio on day 5 of the course.

No experience is necessary to do this course, just an interest in film & TV design and a passion for getting your creative juices flowing and your hands dirty! The skills taught in this course are vital for anyone wanting to pursue a film or TV art department career, and will also be useful for anyone working in theatre productions, events and other artistic practice.


This course was sensational and a wonderful experience for me. I thoroughly enjoyed it and returned home every night totally exhausted. Thats what you call intensive! The lecturers were extremely talented and inspiring, and most helpful to each of us in our individual projects.

The lecturers were fantastic sharing their knowledge and offering advice to us throughout the week.

The teachers were truly inspiring and so generous with their abundance of knowledge! They were very attentive and supportive through the process as well as willing to share any experiences they had. Im still on a high from how wonderful the week was and it really solidified my focus. There is no course like this offered, especially in Melbourne - where I flew up from! I would attend this course again as I know how much more knowledge I could gain from the very skilled Annie & Darren.

The course and teachers were very organised and informative. The equipment standard was exceptional. I will definitely walk away from this course with new skills.


Annie Wright has a degree in industrial design and has been working in film, television and theatre for 22 year. She has made props for Opera Australia, Bell Shakespeare and Sydney Theatre Company. Film and TV credits include Little Fish, Griff the Invisible, Farscape, My Place, The Straights, as well as countless TV commercials and video clips. She has been teaching the prop making course to Design students at AFTRS for a number of years.


Enclosed shoes essentails and clothing that you don't mind getting dirty!

Have any questions? Please get in touch: or 1300 065 281





10% Early Bird Discount is valid up to 28 days from start of the course.


***DISCLAIMER*** AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled a full refund of course fees will be provided. If a participant wishes to withdraw from a course, they may do so up to 15 days before the course commences and get a full refund. Cancellations 14 days or less before course commencement will incur a fee. For more information on AFTRS Open's policies, including refund policies, please see our policies page​.​​​​


The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.