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Introduction to Production Design for Film and Screen

Australian Film Television and Radio School via FutureLearn


Production Design is at the heart of making memorable screen stories.

This course provides a basic understanding of the role of the Production Designer on feature films, short films, TV, live action, animation or game design. It will explore key concepts and core skills required to really add value and visual interest to any screen story.

Learn more about the world of Production Design with the expert creative professionals from Australia’s premier screen arts and broadcast school.

This course is suitable for all screen creators and for designers from non-screen storytelling backgrounds.

It is for anyone interesting in learning more about Production Design for film, screen and broadcast. Whether you’re interested in art and design, considering a career in Production Design or a creative screen storyteller who wants to understand more about the value of great Production Design, this course will have something for you.

This course doesn’t require any existing specialist skills or equipment, though there will be extension activities if you want to enhance your learning experience.


  • The Backstory.
    • Meet the educators.
    • Welcome to the course.
    • Production Design - past, present and a little bit of future.
    • Getting started with the foundations of Production Design.
    • A Production Design analysis.
    • This week's discussion topic.
  • Building Foundations
    • Welcome to Week 2.
    • Research, references and breakdowns.
    • This week's discussion topic.
  • Visual Communication
    • Welcome to Week 3.
    • The art of seeing before doing.
    • This week's discussion topic.
    • Reflection and next steps.

Taught by

Krista Jordan


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    Luisina Rafael
    it´s really easy to follow and understand all the classes wich isamazing if you´re just starting into the production design. i love it.

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