Short course

Creative Production and Design

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


Please note: This course is made up of four unique intakes priced at $1000 each. Learners are encouraged to register for all four intakes, for a total course cost of $4000. Discounts for alumni and staff are available. More information

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 studio 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, the Creative Production and Design studio has been designed to reflect 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 across teams in the Creative Arts Studios toward a creative performance-based production.

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.

The Creative Production and Design Studio is part of Creative Arts Studios – a year-long series of immersive short courses delivered over four intakes.

Other Creative Arts Studios include:

Who is it for?

This studio 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, this studio is for you.

There are no eligibility requirements.

What you will learn

You will engage in a series of workshop exercises where 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.

Each intake focuses on a different area of content. Key content areas include:

  • Finding your story world(s) – developing unique design skills and defining their primary performance purpose
  • Roles and responsibilities essential to contemporary design for performance practices
  • Analysing historical, technical and contemporary approaches to design for performance
  • Collaborative creative performance projects working with others.

On completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify and use design skills and techniques appropriate to story and performance
  2. Understand the complex roles and collaborative responsibilities in the creation and design of live and screen-based performances
  3. 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.


  • This studio runs over one year, delivered in four intakes.
  • Each intakes comprises eight, three-hour sessions. This amounts to 24 hours for each intake, or 96 hours over the entire year.
  • Learners may register for individual intakes, but are encouraged to register for all four intakes.


Early bird discount is available for this course. Check the individual intake pages for information.

Please contact Student Support for the following discounts:

  1. University of Melbourne staff discount
  2. University of Melbourne alumni discount.

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 intakes

Wednesday 28 April 2021

Wednesday 21 July 2021

Wednesday 13 October 2021

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