Production Design Course


FilmSkills Production Design Course
  • 3-month course
  • 9-lessons
  • 4 hours, 7 minutes of video
  • Projects and Exercises
  • Illustrated Companion Guides
  • Downloadable Class Materials
  • Industry-Leading Instructors
  • Certificate of Completion


Become a Better World-Builder
The production designer creates the world in which the characters live - from a Texas farm setting or an exotic fantasy location to 1970’s set dressings or science fiction prop guns.  Constructing this world is a delicate balance of discovering the story and understanding the characters while still having the pressures of the schedule and budget.
In the FilmSkills Production Design Course, you will learn how to shape a convincing world around your characters - from the basics of how to build a flat to advanced set design and construction techniques.  Learn the skills to break down a script and design and dress a story-centric set.  We detail the roles of the art department, production designer, art director, and construction coordinator.
Working Hollywood production designers in the FilmSkills Production Design Course will help you craft a stunning world in your movie.


Each lesson will take you through each step of Production Design Course process.

Set Design
Learn how to design sets on both large and small budget productions.
Set Construction

Learn how movie sets are constructed to create both a convincing environment and a workable production setting.

Set Dressing
Learn how to dress both practical locations and constructed movie sets to create a realistic environment for the characters.
Creating the Look

Learn how the art department creates the look of the environments in which the story takes place.

Learn how props are created, gathered, and organized for a movie.
The Art Department

Learn the structure and hierarchy of the Art Department, the duties and responsibilities and how this department can be scaled up based on the size of the production.

The Production Designer

Learn about the Production Designer, his responsibility to the look of the film and her relationship with the director and cinematographer.

The Art Director
Learn the function, duties and responsibilities of the Art Director.
The Construction Coordinator
Learn the role of the Construction Coordinator and the construction department.


FilmSkills features top industry professionals, any of whom are leaders in their field. You will be learning from best.

Jeffrey H. Luther

Production Designer and Art Director, "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The Sarah Silverman Program," "Without Warning"

Robert "Cass" McEntee

Construction Coordinator, "24", "Mad Men", "Roswell", and "The Italian Job"

Kevin Lewis

Production Designer

Ron Franco

Emmy-nominated Set Decorator of "True Blood", "X-Files", "The Day After Tomorrow", "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" and "Heroes"

Mark Fenlason

Emmy-nominated Production Designer, "Hard Rain", "Titanic" and "Red Shoe Diaries"

Anthony Pearce

Emmy-nominated Art Director, "Saw II", "Hirokin: The Last Samurai" and "Prey: The Light in the Dark"

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