20 credits at level HE5
The key aim is to establish good specialist, technical skills in Art Direction through a range of technical exercises as well as working in various roles in the art department to film a short production.
We aim to equip students with an advanced understanding of the tools, skills and creativity which are associated with performing the role of an Art Director in a television or film production team.
You will also develop your ability to interpret scripts and expand your knowledge and understanding of aesthetics/styles.
As you will work on a module production together with students studying Digital Sound Production and Design, Digital Editing and Cinematography, a professional level of commitment, organisational and team work skills will be vital on this module.
You will study industry opportunities for work placements, employment and postgraduate study.
On this module you will study the following areas;
Health and safety issues
Analysing the script
Use of Colour
Physical expressions of charteristation
The module involves 200 hours of study time. Of this, approximately 40 hours will be taught studio time, and the balance will be independent study time.
You will need to organise yourself to make sure that you regularly schedule enough independent study time to complete the tasks you will be given to work on in independent study between classes.
A series of practical exercises relating to art Direction
Plan and complete the art direction for a short film
10 minute seminar presentation on your Art direction
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||be able to understand the role of the Art Director and apply art direction skills in the context of a short production.||
1.1 Identify complex art direction requirements (i.e., set, props, costumes and make-up) for a given production and plan a way of achieving them.
1.2 Design and carry out a range of art direction tasks effectively for a given project.
and deal effectively with interior and exterior locations.
|2.||be able to work effectively as part of a production team||
2.1 Contribute effectively to all scheduled shoots.
2.2 Communicate and co-operate effectively with other students.
|3.||be able to undertake risk assessments and work safely during shoots||
3.1 Write a risk assessment for your shoot.
3.2 Observe health and safety practices during the shoot.
|4.||be able to explain the different roles and responsibilities involved in making a film/tv programme||Discuss the roles within the art department and the role of the Art director and relationships with the overall production team.|
|5.||research techniques, concepts and visual styles used in historical and contemporary art direction, in relation to your own creative ideas.||Present and discuss your research and how you have used it in your project.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Art direction for short film||Presentation||Art Direction exercises|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Affron, C & Affron, MJ (1995) Sets in Motion: Art Direction and Film Narrative. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press
Bordwell, D & Thompson. K (2000) Film Art. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill.
Gillette, J (1987) Theatrical Design and Production; an Introduction to Scene Design
and Construction, Lighting, Sound, Costume and Make-up. London, Eurospan.
Heisner, B (1997) Production Design in the Contemporary American Film. London: McFarland.
Leese, E (1994) Costume Design in the Movies: an Illustrated Guide to the Work of 157 Great Designers.
Millerson, G (1969) Television Production, 13th edition. Oxford: Focal Press.
Olson, R (1998) Art Direction for Film & Video, 2nd ed. Oxford: Focal Press.
Preston, W (1994) What an American Art Director Does: an introduction to Motion
Picture Production Design. Los Angeles: Silman-James.
Swinfield, R (1995) Stage Make-Up. London: A & C Black
|Host Subject Group:||Theatre and Film Studies|
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