Pinewood Studios, Pinewood Road, Iver Heath
Buckinghamshire, SL0 0NH
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.
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.
Terry has given me the tools and confidence to pursue art department work - I think taking his course was the best career decision I've made thus far.
Learning the traditions and discipline of hand draughting was a revelation, and placed me firmly on my current career path.
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.
FDI students on a tour of the Harry Potter Experience Film making magic, with the best guide - inside knowledge... https://t.co/Q62CdALFUJ8th October 2016, 7:53pm
Putting the exercises into practice...fantastic modelling by FDI student James Cura - Portfolio Building, now onto… https://t.co/NKFseH4dnh8th October 2016, 4:35pm