Learning contract NFP

Section taken from the official learning contract submission.

To be undertaken for 300 hours (30 credits) between September 2016 and January 2017.

“ Research and develop the production design for the script written in NP1, reflecting the target audience. ”


The script developed in NP1 had a specific target audience of both children and adults, but also staff who need to know more about the dyslexic condition, traits, benefits and general approaches that non-dyslexics can take to aid in a dyslexic participation in the neurotypical environment. A decision was also taken that this would be delivered in a drama production rather than as a documentary.

The delivery of the drama production therefore needs to be approached with care. The overall access to the production needs to be created in such a way that it is both entertaining to the level of a child’s film in order to maintain attention, but at the same time informative to the level of a medical or scientific documentary [FPLO2]. This may involve the delivery of scientific material which, if approached incorrectly, could act as a significant distraction and lose the flow of audience viewing [FPLO2/3].

This module is required to explore the production design components, ranging from both digital and physical set design to costume, colour, and overall environment - essentially establishing of an overall ‘look’ for the final production which satisfies these specific target needs [FPLO3].

Theoretical Context

While many of the theoretical approaches that may be utilised in production design are established, this course is also intended to be developed in a low to no budget environment. A balance therefore needs to be maintained - high quality, ‘rich’ delivery but in an achievable, budget conscious manner.

As well as the general exploration of production design techniques therefore, I will need to ensure that all of these issues are dealt with in an environment where cost restrictions are paramount - potentially therefore being an overriding influence on selection of alternate approaches, or even whether certain desirables are achievable at all [FPLO2].

While I have experience in VFX, digital design and design for performance and events (these latter two being the subject of my current highest academic qualifications), this module enables the learning process to focus on a range of other design aspects of the production process and budgetary restrictions, as well as experience in binding all of these into the overall ‘production designer’ role [FPLO2/3].

There will additionally be questions to answer which, though perhaps outside the realm of a traditional production designer, may require production design techniques to solve in the specific context of this course theme [FPLO2/3]:

- How do we present geographical or state biased information (e.g. the differing approaches of education systems)?

- How do we present information which may be inherently medical / specialist in nature?

- How do we present the relevance of positive / negative aspects of dyslexia to the public, highlighting significance to society as a whole?


The methodology to be utilised in this module will include:

- Investigation of methods utilised by appropriate production designers and notable genre/style directors [FPLO1/2].

- Training in required skills via Raindance and other education sources [FPLO1/2].

- Exploration and enhancement of existing design skills and selective application [FPLO1/2/3],

- Practically undertaking the production process. [FPLO1/2/3].


The deliverables for this module are to be:

- A portfolio of the production design choices (a look book) which is appropriate for the nature of the production, generally indicated in NP1 and expanded in the early part of NFP [FPLO3].

- A reflective report covering the production design process as student performance during the module [FPLO1/4].


It is expected that this module will be assessed in both general quality of the production design, but also then the appropriateness of the final choices in the deliver of the intended production, detailed in NP1.