Art Direction Course (Certificate In Draughting)

The Art Direction Course is intensely practical and specially designed to give a good knowledge of film techniques on the drawing board. It will give essential information to enable the student to survey and pick suitable locations and measure space.

Participants will be taught to read existing drawings from present day films. They will also be taught detail drawing to scale or full size.

All this will include:

  • Lettering
  • Labelling
  • Hatching
  • Elevation
  • Plans

The course also studies the difference between set drawings and stage layouts and teaches the terms used in film and television.

You will also learn:

  • how to make your drawing work for lighting and camera
  • how to draw a projection set i.e. a sketch camera view of your set
  • how to set up and make camera angles for each ratio and lens

You will also be taught model-making, in card, of a set PLUS how to break a script down including:

  • set breakdown
  • prop breakdown
  • special effects
  • vehicles
  • stunts
  • animals

The Art Direction Course will cover budgeting and how to schedule a film, together with the roles of the personnel in the Art Department.

In addition, all students will have the opportunity to go on a guided walk around some of the working sets, workshops and stages at Pinewood Studios- including the Underwater Stage and Paddock Tank- where Terry will explain points of interest for the Art Department.

The course also includes an excursion to various prop-houses with Oscar-winning Set Decorator, Peter Young. Here students are offered an in-depth tour of some of the industry’s biggest and finest prop stores where they will be introduced to knowledgeable staff and shown an array of props and dressing from high-end period furniture to military equipment and weaponry. This is an invaluable experience that is of immediate relevance to students’ careers and understanding of design for the Art Department.

4 Week Course:

  • COST £2,950 + VAT UK & EU students
  • COST £5,900* International students

For students that have completed this FDI course a one week refresher course is available:

  • COST £737 + VAT UK & EU students
  • COST £1487 International students

* Limited bursaries are available for international students who would like to do the course but find the fees restricting, we can make an application on your behalf if you are accepted on to the course.

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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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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.

Liliana Aslanidou

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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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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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