This course covers the complex skills and wide range of responsibilities of the production designer and the members of the art department. Students will learn about budgeting, scheduling, communication and coordination within and between departments, drafting, graphic design, traditional and digital production illustration, and the application of 3D models.

This course covers the process of developing and interpreting a visual concept and how to integrate the requests of the VSFX supervisor, the producer, the DOP, and the director. Students will create a mood board and palette as a tool for aiding concepts, as well as become familiar with the role visual effects play in design and their use in enhancing production values.

This course introduces students with little or no experience to the basics of using Photoshop to create composites from multiple images, concepts. Students will have access to lab time to practice their skills if needed.

Using multiple formats this course introduces students to drafting concepts and their applications in production design. Students will be introduced to the concepts of drafting floor plans, elevations, and details, as well as how to draft a 3D model using SketchUp software. They will also learn basic hand drafting techniques and become proficient in the use of the industry standard AutoCad drafting format.

Based on a given script, students learn how to propose and sell a compelling design concept to directors and producers. Through a folder presentation incorporating sketches, potential locations, and visual ideas, students will demonstrate and present their design concepts to the class and a visiting industry guest.

This course covers how to work with the locations manager when designing a location from a given script. It outlines the role and responsibilities of the locations manager, including what to look for when scouting and choosing the right location, as well as how to stay within a budget, create floor/site plans, and schedule the work in the proper time frame.

This course introduces students to the structure, role, and responsibilities of the set decoration and props department. It will outline how to break down a script, work within a budget, prep a location and set out props, find sources for props and materials. A visit to a prop house where possible.

This practical course covers all aspects of scenic painting, from structuring the paint shop and safety issues, to a variety of scenic painting techniques such as aging and faux finishes. Students learn which painting tools are necessary for the job, and how to maintain them and the paint shop.

Where possible students will set dec, paint etc a scene on a student project. If not possible students will have the opportunity to go through the entire design process, incorporating the elements of building, painting, and dressing a set from their design proposal for a film project as a paper project.

In this workshop students build a model of their set design to scale from their own CAD drawings, using a variety of materials and incorporating skills such as painting, drawing, and model making.

This course covers all aspects of designing and working in a studio setting. Students learn how a studio design is laid out, how it is constructed, how to use movable elements in design, how to prioritize work while staying within a budget, and how to work safely on set. Students will design a final set drawing using CADD (applying all the information learned).

With instructor guidance students will create both online and book-form portfolios. They will also receive personal guidance and information on how to break into the industry, how to present themselves at job interviews, and where to find employment. Industry guest speakers will be invited to give a series of talks relevant to job opportunities.

Students will gain practical experience by working in at least one on-set role in the art department of a student or external production. Roles could range from set decorator to props person to painter, etc., depending on the needs of the production and the students interests.

Developed by film professionals, this course provides an overview of BCs expanding film industry; it is also a requirement before becoming a member of most labour unions. Course topics include the structure of the BC film industry, stages of production, industry jobs, set terminology, set etiquette, basic safety, and communication skills. Students will need to take an on-line course in their own time to complete certification. There is a $50 cost to this. You may take this course if you are 18 years of age and have completed high school.