Narrative space - production design for film and media
he Master’s programme course profile Narrative Space – Production Design for Film and Media is aimed at applicants with a visual imagination and a strong interest in the art of designing environments for the moving image. Production design is moving image storytelling using space, place, architecture and objects as narrative tools.
The production designer of the future will play a vital role in creating visual worlds for all kinds of screens and moving image experiences. The Master’s programme course profile Narrative Space – Production Design for Film and Media develops individual creativity and investigates the methods, processes and the technical skills needed to achieve this. Effective use of interiors and exteriors, the dynamic quality of moving through a space, period research and the understanding of cultures, the use of props to help an audience understand a character, the impact of computer generated imagery, the opportunities that virtual and augmented realities offer, as well as the appreciation of traditional construction methods, building materials and paint finishes - and ultimately the team-work and leadership skills involved are all areas that are examined on this MA course.
Each of the four terms have a different focus
Spatial narratives: Storytelling, architecture, place, space and scale.
Location - drawing - model making - research
Introduction to the film studio: How sets are spatial representations of the characters that inhabit them
Designing – building – experimenting – camera – light
Developing drama: Visual ideas development
Storyboards - beat boards - concept design - pre-visualisation
Building worlds: Environments for moving image narrative as well as for research communities and networks
World building - exposition
Valuable prior knowledge
The programme is open to students from a wide variety of visual backgrounds, including theatre, architecture, illustration, video games, costume, fine art, building, interior design, 3D design and production. Our applicants will hold a BA and/or will have had team working experience from film, media, video games, stage or other relevant disciplines. They will apply with a project or research area they wish to explore.
Eli Bø, Professor of Production Design
The Art of Impact
The course profile The Art of Impact is aimed at applicants who want to deepen their knowledge base and seek new collaborative practices. Through augmented realities, we will enhance our awareness of the existing reality – but who’s reality? Methodology courses and practical fieldwork will interlink with seminars on literature and the study of knowledge philosophy and critical theory. Will art ever be the same again? We believe collaboration is essential in order for us to understand our world of the past, our present-day world – and what is at stake.
360° cameras and binaural sound design will be tools for understanding conflicts. We will have a strong focus on narrative and audience, distribution and participation. We will create projects for public spaces, artistic projects based on research methods from a documentary tradition. The Art of Impact has an international approach and will include travels abroad in 2019.
Themes for the semesters in the programme
- World-building methodology (collaborative storytelling)
- The political body (the world around us)
- Digitality & change (social innovation)
- The impact producer (artistic entrepreneurship)
The course profile leaders are interdepartmental.
Ulrika Malmgren, Assistant Professor of Scenic Figuration
Tinna Joné, Assistant Professor of Documentary Narration
Experimentation in reality
The course profile Documentary processes is aimed at documentary makers, artists and journalists who want to deepen and develop their knowledge of contemporary reality storytelling in theory and practice.
The emphasis of the course profile is on students investigating and deepening their own artistic processes in a personal narrative and independently reflecting on and describing their work in the form of documented questions and analyses.
Documentary processes contribute to the development of ideas and practices in various aspects of artistic exploration and narrative. The students will seek their own tone, presence and expression. The course uses the experimentation and reflection as a method of developing new thoughts in the work and the depiction of reality and ideas about forms of documentary expression.
Course profile structure
Alongside a continuous artistic development project, the students will discuss artistic courage, idea work and an ethical approach. The students will put their own practice in relation to others, study various artistic methods and formulate their own. Critical reflection will give the students the foundation for deepening their own practical work and their ambition to develop the art form. The studies will mostly be conducted individually.
Like the other course profiles on the Master’s Programme in Film and Media, Documentary processes includes four longer courses: Practical knowledge, Elective courses, Independent project and Production.
In Documentary processes the independent project may constitute a detailed study of a process in the students’ own practical artistic work. To explore a development in their own narrative. The study may also contain comparisons with the work and methods of others and reflections on this. The project is based on a research question and is presented in the form of practical work and written text.
Within the Production course, the students complete a work process with an artistic idea. The work, which must be investigative and assessment and process oriented, spans all four semesters. Under supervision, the students will develop their creative processes and formulate and solve advanced artistic and interpretative (figuration) problems. The central part of the course is the process in which the students will demonstrate their ability to experiment in storytelling and interpretation (figuration).
Course profile leaders
Bengt Bok, Professor of Radio Production
Erik Gandini, Professor of Documentary Film