Module Title:Set Design and Props For Film & TV
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be delivered through a combination of contextual seminar led by module lecturer and studio creative development and practical skills.
Module Aim: 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 should be able to:
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.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Module Content & Assessment

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?
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Presentation Presentation of visual research on a particular historical period of their choice. 1,2,4 10.00 Week 5
Practical/Skills Evaluation complete weekly prop making briefs 3,4,5 10.00 Ongoing
Portfolio Learners will work on a self-directed brief in a particular epoch and design a set for film or TV . 1,2,4,6 40.00 Week 13
Project Research and complete a prop making project. 2,3,5 40.00 Week 14
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

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


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Contact Hours Every Week 8.00
Independent Learning Time Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 12.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_CGSDC_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Set Design and Construction 3 Mandatory
CW_CGSDC_D Bachelor of Science in Set Design and Construction 3 Mandatory