Film Design International (FDI) is an Art Direction training provider, which offers essential, industry relevant courses for anyone who wants to work in the Film and TV art departments.

Ideally located at the internationally renowned, Pinewood Studios; both the Art Direction Course and the Advanced Art Direction Course promise the student a total immersion in the film and television world, and a vitally important first step towards becoming a successful Art Director and Production Designer.

We currently provide three training courses and you can find out more detail about each of them via our Courses page.

FDI was set up at Pinewood Film Studios in 2001 by Terry Ackland-Snow, to offer draughtsmanship courses for the film and television industry.

Terry teaches the courses personally along with other professionals, so students benefit from the vast knowledge, insight, skills and techniques he has acquired throughout his illustrious career which spans 50 years in the industry, working on more than 80 film and television productions. Starting as a Junior Draughtsman in 1960, he worked his way up to Supervising Art Director and Production Designer. IMDB link.

Terry is passionate about the industry which he has devoted his career to, and the courses are intensely practical and designed to give comprehensive knowledge of film techniques to be used on the drawing board.

I thank Terry for believing in me, all those years ago and for giving me the confidence and skill set that are required in the Film Industry today.

Damian Leon Watts

Assistant Art Director, (Mission Impossible 5, Dad’s Army, Woman in Black)

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In every persons career there are always key mentors and supporters along the way. For me, Terry is one of these people and FDI was the start of a career I love.

Andy Proctor

Draughtsman (Star Wars: Force Awakens, Rogue One, Cinderella)

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Learning the traditions and discipline of hand draughting was a revelation, and placed me firmly on my current career path.

Dorrie Young

Senior Draughtsman (Harry Potter, Legend of Tarzan, Justice League)

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I would highly recommend the course to anyone with the determination and drive wishing to enter the incredible world of the Art Department.

Liam Morgan

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