Module Details

Module Code: DSGN C2G01
Module Title: Set Design and Props For Film & TV
Title: Set Design and Props For Film & TV
Module Level:: 6
Credits:: 10
Module Coordinator: Eoin Homan
Module Author:: Orla Ryan
Module Description: The aim of this module is to develop learner’s visual literacy and creative development. Learners will expand their creative suite of techniques and skills by working on briefs which concentrate on design thinking, research development focusing on different historical periods and genres. This Module also introduces learners to the basic concepts and skills of prop making for film and TV productions. Learners gain knowledge and experience with a wide selection of material and tools that are used in basic scenery studios.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Learning Outcome Description
LO1 Identify and research a selection of case studies of different historical periods and set design productions for film and TV.
LO2 Evaluate through discussion and notebook work the development of research ideas.
LO3 Apply knowledge and research to make successful props.
LO4 Communicate creative and critical analysis skills through discussion and collating of creative research.
LO5 Create a variety of basic props often needed for theatre and film production.
LO6 Develop and present a set design dossier and documentation of 3D models for a film or TV drama.
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
Introduction to Prop Making Materials
Paper; papier-mâché; foam and fabric; wood and clay; glue and tape; paint. Introduction to basic patterns to facilitate prop making projects often required in productions such as letters; skulls, food, keys, crowns etc., small items of furniture for example a foot stool.
Period Drama, Worldmaking and Interpretation
This module examines multiple epochs and negotiates them in terms of stage and production design for period production. Through seminars discussing case studies of period productions learners will develop a visual research dossier choosing a period of their own choice.
Epochs Explored, reimagined and interpreted
Greece: The Hellenic Period; Roman: 3rd Century; Early Christian; Byzantine; Islamic: 622-1100 CE; Romanesque: 800-1100 CE; Gothic; Renaissance; Baroque; Rococo; Neoclassical; Romantic; Early Victorian; Late Victorian; Edwardian.
Creative Process
Creative process, drawing and spatial thinking through model making, thinking through materials. Documenting work.
Moving scenery
Architectural logic and audience perception
Research and History
Researching the past; making the past real; Interpretation and research file, how much research is enough?
Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%


Full Time

Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Presentation % of Total Mark 10
Timing Week 5 Learning Outcomes 1,2,4
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
Presentation of visual research on a particular historical period of their choice.
Assessment Type Practical/Skills Evaluation % of Total Mark 10
Timing Ongoing Learning Outcomes 3,4,5
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
complete weekly prop making briefs
Assessment Type Portfolio % of Total Mark 40
Timing Week 13 Learning Outcomes 1,2,4,6
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
Learners will work on a self-directed brief in a particular epoch and design a set for film or TV .
Assessment Type Project % of Total Mark 40
Timing Week 14 Learning Outcomes 2,3,5
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
Research and complete a prop making project.
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
Contact Hours Contact Creative research and development in studio and Practical workshops in propmaking. Every Week 8.00 8
Independent Learning Time Non Contact Independent research and development of self directed 2D stage/film design and props project Every Week 4.00 4
Total Weekly Contact Hours 8.00
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Hart, Eric. (2021), Prop Building for Beginners: Twenty Props for Stage and Screen, 1st. Routledge, [ISBN: 978036736692].
  • Atkins, Annie. (2020), Fake Love Letters, Forged Telegrams, and Prison Escape Maps: Designing Graphic Props for Filmmaking, 1st. Phaidon, [ISBN: 978071487938].
  • Peg McClellan. (2019), Production Design, Routledge, p.266, [ISBN: 9781138185425].
  • Hal Tiné. (2015), Essentials of Period Style, Routledge, p.413, [ISBN: 9780415710053].
  • Colin Winslow. (2008), The Handbook of Model-Making for Set Designers, Crowood Press (UK), p.176, [ISBN: 1847970192].
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
Discussion Note: