Production Design

In the field of production design, the ifs offers the specialization »Production Design« in the Bachelor’s program Film. In addition, within the framework of our further education camps there are regular workshops on selected topics for set designers.

Specialization in »Production Design« in BA Film

The production designer of a film shapes the world in which the story plays. The requirements can range from inventing an as yet unimaginable future, or a sensitive depiction of a personal inner world, to replicating past eras. He*she has a deep sense of the atmosphere of a screenplay and can enhance and expand on it through the narrative design. The Specialization in Production Design conveys the diverse artistic and technical foundations of set design, whilst further developing and sharpening the students’ understanding of the visual language of their craft and their communication skills about the contexts of composition and narrative.

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Language of instruction: German
Application deadline: 7 August 2020
Start of studies: Summer semester 2021
Pre-selection (without the attendance of the applicants): August/September 2020 
Entrance examination (attendance required): Beg. November 2020

Infoevening at the ifs:
March 27, 2020 at 5 p.m.
Info event at the ifs Open Door Day: May 16, 2020 at 3 p.m.
Application Documents [PDF]

The application tasks can be uploaded to the application platform until August 7, 2020.
From April you will find the link to the application platform here.


If you are interested in the specialization area »Production Design«, please contact the department at an early stage:

Donna Hanisch
Head of Production Design
T +49 (0) 221.920188-274


Would you like a glimpse?

Behind the Scenes: »Royal Affairs« Project from the 3rd semester (2016) in close cooperation with the VFX & Animation and Production Design departments. The focus was on the interaction of real buildings and digital expansion. Using the screenplay, the students from both trades jointly designed the look and a studio building. The digital or real part was then implemented with the students’ own resources.


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The picture galleries provide further insights:

Set building:  »St. Anna Pestkapelle« and »Royal Affairs«

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