Module Details

Module Code: DSGN C1G01
Module Title: Introduction to Set Design and Production
Title: Introduction to Set Design and Production
Module Level:: 6
Credits:: 10
Module Coordinator: Eoin Homan
Module Author:: Orla Ryan
Module Description: The aim of this module is to introduce the learner to set design: concept, research, practice. The first six weeks of the module focuses on introducing the learner to working methods in the set design studio and an introduction to the development of creative research. This module will also include a back stage tour of The George Bernard Shaw Theatre and Visual in Carlow to familiarise learners with design constraints both in a theatre space and TV and film context. Learners will be introduced
to strategies in set design economy i.e designing for camera. Small briefs are given throughout the module to develop the learner’s process of working and developing abilities to effectively communicate visual ideas through storyboards. Learners are introduced to story analysis and interpretive strategies. This module also gives the necessary skills to attain knowledge of the production workflows of film and television
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Learning Outcome Description
LO1 Demonstrate an understanding of roles and stages in production and indicate a clear understand of working methods and creative potential in the set design studio.
LO2 Present their understanding of the process involved in managing the production of a film, TV or event concept.
LO3 Demonstrate confidence in developing creative research notebooks for creative thinking and visual literacy and inspiration.
LO4 Applying practical skills to manage the analysis and breakdown of a script or project concept.
LO5 Develop and express design solutions for set design briefs through storyboards.
LO6 Work as an individual and collaboratively to manage the pipeline of information.
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

No recommendations listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Additional Requisite Information
No Co Requisites listed
Indicative Content
Departments and roles in production
Analysis of the departmental structure of a production and the roles and responsibilities in each.
Set Designers working methods
Seminar discussion exploring different designers creative process.
Stages of production
Understanding the stages of a production from development, pre-production, production and post-production
Communication and collaboration
Using effective communication skills as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
Design Thinking
-Discover, Define, Develop and Deliver - Static backdrops and flats - Space and levels, platforms - Fabric backdrops
Script to screen:
Managing the visualisation of the concept. Breaking down a script or concept into the various design and construction elements that need to be planned for in a production
Introduction to Creative Research
Developing skills and strategies such as research notebooks/drawing/storyboards as thinking/building a visual library for inspiration.
Scale Card model
Short design briefs- scene analysis, designing flats, conceptual impact, scale and view point, documentation of work.
Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%


Full Time

Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Practical/Skills Evaluation % of Total Mark 10
Timing Week 6 Learning Outcomes 1,2,6
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
Practical tasks related to the management of a production .
Assessment Type Other % of Total Mark 10
Timing Week 8 Learning Outcomes 3,4
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
Bi-weekly formative assessment of creative research notebook which will be submitted for assessment in week 8.
Assessment Type Presentation % of Total Mark 15
Timing Week 9 Learning Outcomes 2
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
Using effective communication skills as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
Assessment Type Portfolio % of Total Mark 45
Timing Week 13 Learning Outcomes 4,5
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
Collate a variety of creative drawings/storyboards for set design, related to scene analysis and documentation of scale scenography for card model.
Assessment Type Project % of Total Mark 20
Timing Week 14 Learning Outcomes 1,2,5
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
Breakdowns – taking a short film script or concept plan and breaking it down into its component departmental, design and construction elements.
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.
Reassessment Description
Learners that fail but achieve a minimum final percentage of 30% in the module will be eligible for one or more of the following: Submit assignment, Re-submit components, Practical examination, Interview or Presentation.

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Category Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Studio Based Learning Contact Developing Creative design skills, drawing and model making skills. Every Week 4.00 4
Independent Learning Non Contact Completion and development of drawings, models and creative research notebook development. Every Week 4.00 4
Lecture Contact No Description Every Week 2.00 2
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Howard, Pamela. (2019), What is Scenography, 3rd. Routledge, London, [ISBN: 13: 97804].
  • Malloy, Kaoime E.. (2015), The Art of Theatrical Design, 1st. Routledge, London, p.320, [ISBN: 9781138021501].
  • Woodbridge, Patricia; Tine, Hal. (2013), Designer Drafting and Visualizing for the Entertainment World, 2nd. Routledge, London, [ISBN: 97802408].
  • Barbara Clark,Susan Spohr,Dawn Higginbotham,Kumari Bakhru. (2019), The Guide to Managing Postproduction for Film, TV, and Digital Distribution, Focal Press, p.310, [ISBN: 9781138482814].
  • Jane Barnwell. (2020), Production Design for Screen, Bloomsbury Academic, p.224, [ISBN: 9781501373718].
  • Linda Stradling. (2010), Production Management for TV and Film, A&C Black, p.192, [ISBN: 9781408130964].
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Cambridge University Press. Cambridge University Press, Theatre Survey, [ISSN: 0040-5574].
  • Theatre History, [ISSN: 0733-203].
Other Resources
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