dcsimg

Production Design

Interior designers work in a variety of areas and different disciplines or specialties. One of the more popular areas is production design. These designers use the same skills and are responsible for the same thing as they would when working on a home, but work on film sets. There are even some design schools that are making this a major or concentration for those who want to work in this world after graduation.

Production designers give the setting of a production its specific look. They may work in television, on movies, or in commercials. There are others that work exclusively on music videos and some that work with photographers or advertising companies to set up the sets for print or film work. These artists have a number of responsibilities and duties that they must perform on a regular basis.

When a director decides to start work, one of the first calls they make is to the producer. It's the producer's job to find the production designer and get them involved in the filming. The production designer sits down with both the director and producer to discuss what needs to be done. This is referred to as the pre-production period.

During pre-production phase the production designer learns exactly what it is that the director wants in terms of ideas. For example the director might want a haunted house for a horror movie shoot. The designer then sketches out a few ideas and plans and lets the film crew see what those ideas are and get feedback. Once a final idea is decided on, the product designer needs to work with others on the set to get the look and feel.

Prior to the shoot, the production designer works closely with the art department. This crew of people is responsible for delivering the things the designer needs to create the look. In the haunted house example, the crew might bring in antique furniture, fake spider webs, old paintings, or gargoyles that look like they belong in a haunted house.

An offshoot of production design is the individual acting as the set decorator. The set decorator puts together all of the accessories, furniture and other set pieces to actually create the look designed by the production designer. The set decorator may even be responsible for finding the larger, more expensive or more important things. If the script calls for an expensive one of a kind couch, the set designer may find themselves in the position of locating that piece prior to the filming.

Production designers are an important part of any film, television, or print production. Without this designer, the production wouldn't run as smoothly as it would otherwise. The director or producer may have an idea for the design, but don't know how to visualize that idea. The designer can easily come up with a concept and find the right items to make the vision a reality. Once the design is complete, it's the production designer's job to make sure that vision exists until the end of the shoot.


Schools Offering Training Programs in Interior Design

Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More

  • DEGREE

    See More

  • PROGRAM TYPE

  • START TIME

    LOCATION
    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
            Results open in new window

            Searching Searching ...

            Matching School Ads
            DEC Interior Design
            • A private, accredited distance learning college based in Norcross, Georgia founded in 1987.
            • Ensures that service members, their spouses and veterans can maximize their military education benefits.
            • Gives students the option to customize monthly payments to fit their budgets and lifestyle.
            • Offers all-inclusive tuition: textbooks, learning materials, and academic support are covered in the cost.
            • Allows alumni to enroll in any future program at a reduced rate.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            Interior Design (BFA)
            • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
            • Has a team of about 4,000 faculty members focused on helping students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas.
            • Offers programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.
            • Provides program coordinators who work with students to ensure they have the learning materials, assignments, facilities, and faculty to get the most out of the program.
            • Over 50 campus locations nationwide.
            Show more [+]
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Graphic Arts (AAS)
            • Students are issued a new laptop at the beginning of their programs.
            • All online services and study materials are available 24/7, with faculty available five days a week.
            • All programs available online, with the MBA program offered on campus in Salt Lake City.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), with programmatic accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
            • Approved by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 2010.

            Our family of non-profit colleges admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.

            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Graphic Design
            Platt College , Riverside
            Good for Working Adults
            • A Los Angeles-based private college offering programs in medical sciences, legal studies, and graphic design since 1985.
            • Has weekend programs, including certified  veterinary technology, nurse assistant, and hemodialysis technician.
            • Showcases visual communication students’ artwork and design through campus magazine.
            • 3 campuses in Southern California.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
            Show more [+]
            • Accredited
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
            • Push Your Creativity To The Next Level.
            • Full Sail’s curriculum combines elements of creativity, art, business and life skills, technical prowess, and academic achievement.
            • Full Sail offers accelerated programs, so a degree that would normally take four years takes 24 months on average.
            • Students work with industry-standard tools and technologies, allowing them to gain practical knowledge and real-world experience.
            • Join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram to interact with our community, read about grad success, and see campus images.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses

            Latest Interior Design Articles & News

            Second designer chosen for home decor competition
            Teenlike.com, an ongoing online competition for young home decor designers, announced its second winner. Brandon Dover of Apply Valley, California, was this year's winner, as he created an abstract pen and inkwork design for a bedspread.

            Interior design company sweeps IDEA awards
            A Richmond, Virginia, based design firm, Visible Proof, has garnered many of the top honors during the IDEA awards luncheon.

            Interior Design Calendar of Events 2010 (June - December )

            Retail Space and Interior Design

            An Eye on Interior Design

            The 10 Best Interior Design Websites

            A Brief Comparison of Accredited Interior Design Programs in Southern California

            Become a Commercial Interior Designer

            Benefits of Interior Design School

            Commercial Space and Interior Design

            Does Interior Design Apply to Other Fields of Study?

            How Do I Choose an Interior Design School?

            How to Become a Successful Residential Interior Designer

            Interior Architecture

            Interior Decorator or Interior Designer: What's the Difference?

            Interior Design & Furniture

            interior design career information

            Interior Design Going Green

            Interior Design Graduate Schools

            Interior Design Online Schools

            Interior Design Professional Societies

            Interior Design Schools

            Interior Design: Post Graduate Education Options

            Internships in Interior Design

            Kitchen and Bath Design

            Tap Into Your Inner Interior Designer

            The Difference Between Interior Design and Interior Decorating

            The Importance of Attending an Accredited Interior Design Program

            What Is the Job Outlook for Interior Design?

            What Skills Will I Learn as an Interior Designer?

            What's Hot in Interior Design