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Introduction to Production Design for Film and Screen

How does production design add meaning and depth to screen stories?

This short self-paced course explores the craft of production design and what it means to be a production designer for film and screen.

The course, of approximately 7 hours learning commitment, is delivered online over 4 weeks. It includes student exercises, video, downloads, and concludes with a scheduled virtual Q&A providing you with the opportunity to speak directly with one of our highly experienced guest production designers.

Gain insights into visual communication and the foundations of production design for screen, exploring its past, present, and future

Discover what it is you do as a production designer, and where to begin to design a screen production

Learn about who you will need to work with, including the art department, and how to go about realising your design ideas on screen

Is the Introduction to Production Design for Film and Screen right for you?

A great course for those interested in screen Production Design but with little or no experience in the craft, or those with a general interest in design and visual communication who would like to know more about its application in screen story. Ideal for those who are considering pursuing a career in Production Design or those who may already work in commercial, graphic or motion design interested in applying their skills in film and screen.

No previous experience is required. Some understanding of filmmaking terminology and procedures would be beneficial.

This course is open to students aged 16 years and over. Students under 18 must complete an Under 18 Consent Form.

What you will need

You will need:

  • Internet with good bandwidth
  • Internet-connected laptop, desktop computer, tablet, or device
  • Internet browser, preferably Google Chrome or Firefox

You will be provided with:

  • A student login for access to the AFTRS learning platform
  • Access to a student chat forum

Asynchronous Learning
Coursework delivered asynchronously allows you to work through the course materials and exercises independently and at your own pace. Coursework is made up of instructional audio/visual material and includes written and image-based documentation, links, and downloads.

Introduction To Production Design For Film And Screen Offerings


03 Jun 2024 to 30 Jun 2024

4 Weeks Asynchronous incl. 1 x live Zoom Q&A session Wed 26 June 6pm-7pm AEST

Early Bird Course Price:

This is the standard course price including the early bird discount, as it is currently more than 14 days from commencement of the course.

You will need a computer with speakers, a microphone & webcam (built-in, USB plug-in, or wireless Bluetooth), and good internet connection

For more information please email shortcourses@aftrs.edu.au or call 1300 223 877 or to register for future offerings click here


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If a student 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 penalty.

AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled by AFTRS prior to commencement a 100% refund or credit note of the course fees paid will be provided.

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