Module Details

Module Code: DSGN C2G03
Module Title: Technical Production Design
Title: Technical Production Design
Module Level:: 6
Credits:: 5
Module Coordinator: Eoin Homan
Module Author:: Yvonne Finn
Module Description: The aims of the subject are:
(a) To give students an understanding of how sound and noise contribute to the quality of the internal environment within building spaces and the quality of film/TV/theatre production
(b) To give students an understanding of how artificial lighting contributes to the quality of the internal environment within building spaces and the quality of film/TV/theatre production
(c) To give students a basic understanding of the movie camera requirements required for Film/TV sets
(d) To give students a basic knowledge of site electrical services required to power outdoor Film/TV/Theatre sets
(e) To give the students the necessary skills to manage and organise a multi-camera production or event.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Learning Outcome Description
LO1 Apply knowledge of how light/sound contribute to the quality of the internal environment within building spaces and the quality of film/TV/theatre production
LO2 Apply knowledge of the technical aspects of how light/sound is captured, stored, processed, and transmitted Film/TV/Theatre applications and how these processes are powered when out in the field
LO3 Plan, design and organise the design and construction elements of a multi-camera production or event
LO4 Identify and address design and layout issues relating to multi-camera shoots
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
Sound and set construction
(a) Sound levels and transmission, how humans perceive sound (b) Building acoustics and reverberation (c) Sound Insulation
Sound Production Techniques for Film/TV/Theatre
(a) Genres of music and their contribution to narrative structure in TV/cinema (b) Psychological and Emotional aspects of music and sound; listening modes, Gestalt principles and illusion (c) Narrative function of sound in TV/ cinema (d) Sound Production, Sound Design, Sound Recording (e) Inventing Sound Objects based on the Foley technique
Lighting Design
(a) Artificial and natural illumination (b) Lighting demands and levels (c) Television/Film/Theatre specific lighting - TV standards, film standards, theatre standards
Lighting Production Techniques for Film/TV/Theatre
(a) Lighting and cinematography (b) Psychological and Emotional aspects of lighting types and colours (c) Narrative function of light in TV/ cinema (d) Lighting and visual perception – Correlated Colour temperature (CCT), Image enhancement techniques, Brightness, contrast, etc., of digital images, the effects of lighting on slow or fast images recording
(a) Single and three phase installations (c) basic electrical safety (c) Film/TV/Theatre specific electrical requirements (d) Electricity requirements for outdoor / location shoots
Planning Camera Shoots
(a) Planning a single / multi-camera shoot working from drawings or plans (b) Lighting Plan for Locations (c) Film Lighting Techniques
Aerial, drone and landscape filming
Practicalities and legal issues around aerial and drone filming
Practical Camera Applications
(a) Camera Work - The art of recording different productions through the use of a solitary camera both in studio and on location (b) Using camera recordings to understand the relationship between the camera and the set design and construction (c) Economics of set design for camera (understanding how sets are seen through the camera lens).
Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%


Full Time

No Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Project % of Total Mark 20
Timing End-of-Semester Learning Outcomes 1,2
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
practical based learning working autonomously and as a member of a team on selected applied projects related to sound, light and electrical theory
Assessment Type Project % of Total Mark 40
Timing n/a Learning Outcomes 3,4
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
(a) Planning a single / multi-camera shoot working from drawings or plans (b) Lighting Plan for Locations (c) Film Lighting Techniques
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Formal Exam % of Total Mark 40
Timing End-of-Semester Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
Writen exam covering all aspects of class based theory and calculations
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

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
Lecture Contact Class based learning Every Week 2.00 2
Estimated Learner Hours Non Contact Home based learning relating to class work Every Week 1.00 1
Lecture Contact Practical camera work Every Week 2.00 2
Estimated Learner Hours Non Contact Practical non-contact camera practice Every Week 1.00 1
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • R. J. Peters (Ph. D.),Brian John Smith,Margaret Hollins. (2011), Acoustics and Noise Control, Prentice Hall, p.386, [ISBN: 9780273724681].
  • DC Pritchard. Lighting, 6th Edition. Longman.
  • Bruce Block. (2020), The Visual Story, Focal Press, p.328, [ISBN: 9781138014152].
  • Eve Light Honthaner. (2010), The Complete Film Production Handbook, Taylor & Francis, p.524, [ISBN: 024081150X].
  • Robert B. Musburger,Michael R. Ogden. (2014), Single-Camera Video Production, Focal Press, p.326, [ISBN: 0415822580].
  • Jay Rose. (2014), Producing Great Sound for Film and Video, Focal Press, p.549, [ISBN: 0415722071].
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Society of Light and Lighting (SLL) is part of the CIBSE. Lighting Guides (Various), Delta House, 222 Balham High Road London UK SW12 9BS.
  • Thomas L. Floyd. (2010), Principles of Electric Circuits, Pearson, p.976, [ISBN: 013507309X].
  • NSAI’s Electro Technical Committee (ETC/TC 2) “Electrical Installations”. (2020), National Rules for Electrical Installations (previously referred to as the National Wiring Rules) also known as I.S. 10101:2020.
  • Hughes. Electrical Technology, 7th Ed. Longman (Sc & Tech).
  • Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. Building regulations, Stationery Office, Dublin.
  • (2005), Environmental design. An introduction for architects and engineers, 3rd Edition. Taylor and Francis.
  • Michael Rabiger,Mick Hurbis-Cherrier. Directing, [ISBN: 9780815394310].
  • Steve D. Katz. Film Directing: Shot by Shot - 25th Anniversary Edition, [ISBN: 9781615932979].
  • Dave Lent. Video Rules, [ISBN: 0615754015].
  • Herbert Zettl. (2014), Television Production Handbook, 12th, Cengage Learning, p.528, [ISBN: 1285052676].
  • Ken Dancyger. (2011), The Technique of Film and Video Editing, Focal Press, [ISBN: 0240813979].
  • Media Composer Fundamentals, [ISBN: 9781943446759].
  • Ralph Rosenblum,Robert Karen. (1986), When The Shooting Stops ... The Cutting Begins, Da Capo Press, p.320, [ISBN: 0306802724].
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
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