Design for tv, movies and computer games
Production Design is an area of specialization that covers design for film, TV, animations, motion graphics, music videos and computer games. The production designer’s work includes visual concept work to ensure image quality, continuity, and a unified expression in keeping with the larger narrative framework.
As a designer in this field you take a methodical approach to the development and definition of concepts, coordination, and design production. Production design is a complex process that relies on cooperation among a broad range of specialized skill sets and disciplines. In filmmaking this takes place in close collaboration with the producer and director from the idea stage to the development of the overall visual concept – in TV productions you work in close dialogue with the script writer. In this context, it is the production designer’s responsibility to ensure consistency in the overall audio-visual expression of the production. To achieve this, the production designer oversees the coordination of a range of component design tasks: stage design, costumes, motion graphics, art direction and special effects.
By means of a variety of visualization methods, from drafts of audio-visual parameters over the development of conceptual and conditional storyboards to the design of models and floor plans, as a production designer you will be able to manage and control the design of a given production in relation to the overall audio-visual concept of the production as well as the time frame, physical setting and budget.
As a production designer you will work in the film, TV or computer game industry with various areas of specialization such as animation, motion graphics, special effects, character design, background design, costume design etc. And new areas are being added all the time: media graphics, stage design, virtual studio, and a growing interactive entertainment industry where you can be involved in visualizing new concepts and universes.
About Production Design
The programme in Production Design teaches you to work methodically and lets you acquire skills, competences and qualifications that will form the basis for creative work and for managing cooperation among different industries and professional traditions. You will specialize in the visual design of concepts for the overall expression of media productions. You will learn to navigate within and among the related professional disciplines and use specific tools to manage design for film, TV or computer-based media on a highly professional level.
You learn to develop, structure, visualize and convey a visual concept based on an analysis of a written text or outline. You also learn about colour studies, style history and film history, and throughout your studies you continue to develop your drafting skills, knowledge of materials, and model making abilities. Cooperation skills are essential, along with insight into project management and the ability to mediate between various technical and artistic professions.
The programme is mainly situated at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts - School of Design, but some components take place at The National Film School of Denmark. In addition, you may engage in work placement and/or exchange programmes during your studies.