Short course

Creative Production and Design

Create compelling set, costume, props, sound and lighting designs to share stories and influence change.

Overview

Good design can improve the way we live and be a powerful vessel for telling evocative stories. As well as traditional theatre settings, design is increasingly important in workplaces and communities. Presentations and activations designed with nuanced visual and sonic inputs achieve greater reach and engagement, and are thus an essential tool for advocacy and influencing change.

Based at the intersection of performance and design histories, theory and practice, this course will equip you to develop compelling and contemporary designs for sets, costumes, props, lighting and sound. Under the guidance of performance experts from the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, you will learn to apply your multifaceted design skills and methods to a range of creative industries, traditional theatrical settings, diverse screen formats, and community and professional contexts, including for pitches and bids.

Delivered in face-to-face workshops at our world-class facilities at Southbank, Creative Production and Design reflects current industry practices. You will act in multiple roles – including producer, designer and crew – learn about the roles and production processes unique to working in a small company, and collaborate with those from other disciplines  across the Creative Arts Studios.

This highly active and transformative learning environment will provide you with the capacity to collaborate and articulate your own view, as well as the confidence, skills and industry know-how to succeed in your desired setting.

Creative Production and Design, which is part of Creative Arts Studios , is made up of four individual studios delivered across the year. You can take as few or as many studios as you like, though we encourage you take all four to maximise your learning and deepen your practice.

Who is it for?

This course is ideal for anyone who wants to create compelling performance-based works, whether you’re enhancing existing skills or coming to it for the first time. Whether you’re interested in using design in traditional settings, your workplace, or in the community or other personal contexts, for storytelling or to impart your perspective and influence others, this will give you the skills for various contexts. If you enjoy collaborating in creative teams and sharing ideas in industry-facing settings, Creative Production and Design is for you.

There are no eligibility requirements.

What you will learn

Each studio focuses on a key theme. Across the four studios, you will develop your own unique design style, learn how to use it in a range of contexts, and understand the relationships and collaborative frameworks essential to bringing successful performance projects to fruition.

Studio 1: Light and Shadow

Investigating light and shadow through observation.

  • Finding your storyworld (eg for theatrical performance)
  • Foundational design techniques and script analysis with focus on set design
  • Overview of historical and contemporary practices
  • Overview of aesthetic and design principles, roles and responsibilities for production
  • Exploratory practices and expression based on the theme of light and shadow
  • A short experimental set design project may be created.

Studio 2: Body and Movement

Investigating scale, movement and space through the senses.

  • Finding your storyworld (eg for filmic performance)
  • Foundational design techniques and script analysis with focus on costume design for movement, impact and scale
  • Overview of historical and contemporary practices
  • Overview of aesthetic and design principles, roles and responsibilities for production
  • Exploratory practices and expression based on the prescribed theme of body and movement
  • A short experimental costume design project may be created.

Studio 3: The Collective

Investigating the relationships, including cause and effect, between objects, people and spaces.

  • Finding your storyworld (eg for theatre)
  • Foundational design techniques with focus on props and objects used in performance
  • Overview of historical and contemporary practices
  • Overview of aesthetic and design principles, roles and responsibilities for production
  • Exploratory practices and expression based on the theme of the collective
  • A short experimental props design project may be created.

Studio 4: Collaboration

Investigating how an individual or object works within a group during collaboration.

  • Personal major study practice adapted into a collaborative learner-devised project (performance, installation, exhibition) on a theme defined by the CAStudios cohort (and guided by tutors).

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the studios, you will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Identification and use of design skills and techniques appropriate to story and performance
  2. Understanding of the complex roles and collaborative responsibilities in the creation and design of live and screen-based performances
  3. Capacity to select from a range of historical, theoretical, technical and contemporary knowledges to inform design and production values for a memorable performance
  4. Collaborate with others for compelling creative productions.

For th full Production and Design experience, we recommend you register for all four studios. Alternatively, you can register for the individual studios of your choice.

Duration

This short course runs over one year, delivered in four individual studios.

Each studio comprises eight, three-hour sessions. This amounts to a total of 24 hours for each studio, or 96 hours for all four over the year.

Related courses

The other short courses within Creative Arts Studios are:

Payment options

  • To pay by credit card, please enter your card details at the checkout screen when booking into the course.
  • To pay by invoice, please contact student support.
  • If you are experiencing any difficulties with the checkout process, please contact student support.

Upcoming studios

Creative Production and Design Studio 3: The Collective

Wednesday 21 July 2021

Creative Production and Design Studio 4: Collaboration

Wednesday 13 October 2021

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