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Terry Ackland-Snow (DLitt) - Head Tutor

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Terry Ackland-Snow began his career in the Film and Television industry in the Art Department at Danziga Studios in Elstree at the age of 18.

His first job was working as a Junior Draughtsman on ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ with Norman G. Arnold, closely followed by the TV series, ‘Richard the Lionheart.’ The first major feature film he worked on was 'In the Cool of the Day' in 1962, designed by Sir Ken Adam.

From then he worked his way up to become Art Director, Supervising Art Director and finally Production Designer before deciding to set up Film Design International to give something back to the industry he is passionate about.

Terry has travelled and worked worldwide. He has been in the Film and Television Industry for more than 40 years working with some of the best Art Department Technicians in the world. Having worked on over 80 feature film and television productions, he has amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience all of which he applies into the Art Direction training courses.

  • An Honorary Doctor of Letters of the University of West London
  • On the panel of the British Film Designers Guild (BFDG) and previous Chairman
  • On the Board of Cine Guilds of Great Britain
  • A Member of the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematographers and Theatre Union (BECTU)
  • A Member of the Art Director’s Guild USA
  • Has been an adjudicator for BAFTA (Crafts Category)
  • An honorary member of The British Society of Cinematographers

Terry has worked with me on a number of 1st feature films and was a constant benefit to our work both technically and artistically. I relied on his organising ability at all times.
Peter Murton, Production Designer, Superman II & III


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