Skip to content

Design for Stage and Film Summer 2013 Course Descriptions

Design for Stage and Film - Summer 2013

The Department of Design for Stage and Film offers summer courses for art and design for students interested in theatre and film.

This is the perfect opportunity to explore the world of theatre and film design, and we welcome students at the undergraduate or graduate level with or without prior experience in the field. All courses are taught by working professional designers who are also dedicated teachers. Students work closely with lighting, costume designers and directors facilitating a creative environment. New York City, the richest artistic environment in the world, provides the ideal location in which to study as these courses all use the city as their laboratory. Members of the professional design community are introduced as guest speakers, and field trips to shops, film locations, and museums may be arranged.

For Non-NYU Students:

For information about registration, tuition, and housing, please visit NYU/Summer in NYC: http://www.nyu.edu/admissions/summer-sessions/summer-in-nyc.html/apply

From there, you can complete the online Visiting Student Application, find out the requirements for international students, and learn more about Summer in NYC at NYU.


For Current NYU Students:

If you are currently a student at NYU, you can register for our summer courses here: http://specialprograms.tisch.nyu.edu/object/desstagesum


Summer 2013 Selected Course Offerings:


DESG-GT 1024 Drawing for Theatre and Film

In this course, students receive an introduction to the basic principles and practices of drawing as a way of communicating with directors and other collaborators. The course will address spatial thinking, encompassing perspective and proportion. There will be equal emphasis on drawing environments from real life, using New York City spaces as subject matter as well as inventing scenes and views. Working from texts, students complete projects that include a set design rendering for theater, and storyboards and art direction sketches for film and television.


DESG-GT 1040 Introduction to Design for Film

This course offers an introduction to designing a script for film production. Students learn and experience firsthand the steps from receiving a script to translating it into a visual package ready for production. By the end of the course, students understand the life and work of a production designer and are ready to decide if this is something they might want to pursue further as a career. Guest speakers and field trips are usually arranged.


DESG-GT 1044 Period Style/Period Reality: Costume and Clothing in the Movies

This course examines the function and artistry of costuming in the movies, with particular attention to period films. Film excerpts are shown in chronological order by the period of the clothing, with examples from different eras of filmmaking and a range of designers to allow for specific comparisons. Included are a trip to a professional costume house and conversations with other designers who work in film costume. This course is taught by associate arts professor Campbell Baird, an international designer of costumes and scenery.


DESG-GT 1030  The Golden Age of Hollywood Musicals

This class will focus on the extraordinary accomplishments of the Arthur Freed Unit of MGM studios in the 1940s and 1950s. Films and film clips will be shown in chronological order to emphasize the linear progression of the style and content of the Freed Unit's films and allow for discussion of the collaboration involved in creating them. Several short research papers will be assigned and shared to include more information about the artists involved as writers, directors, performers, designers, directors and other collaborators. Taught by associate arts professor Campbell Baird.