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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

New York Film Academy | Evaluated Learning Experience

Special Topics II: Production Design II


9 hours (16 weeks).

New York Film Academy, 17 Battery Place, New York, NY.

October 2011 - December 2019.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to: prepare a floor plan, choose a location and diagram a blocking scheme for their thesis film; apply the components of designing a set to their thesis film; demonstrate how different materials and textures support the design of their thesis film; employ art direction, costume and props in the character design of their thesis film; apply all of the concepts introduced in this course to the pre-production and shooting of workshop films as well as a final Thesis Film; and practice a deeper application of the art of visual storytelling.


The course consists of three classes: the first class (Production Design #4) focuses on visual design as it pertains to theme, including the use of architecture and an introduction to mood boards and drafting basics. The second class (Production Design #5) addresses set construction methods and tricks and the psychology of color.  In the third class (Production Design #6), students review the skill and magic of scenic painting and the application of all production design techniques to their upcoming thesis films. Prerequisite: Special Topics I: Production Design I.

Credit recommendation: 

NOTE: Credit recommendations are listed under Special Topics Overview: One Year Filmmaking Program-Semesters One and Two (10/16).