Entertainment Set Design & Decoration

Set For Life

Set the stage for action, adventure, romance, and comedy. From the classroom of an Upper East Side private school in New York to a pool house in Southern California, the sets created for movies, plays, and television spark the imagination. Set Designers and Decorators bring life to the characters and plot by coordinating everything on a film or television set or stage: furniture, draperies, accessories, lighting, and beyond.

What Our Students Learn

In our program students learn the skills to:

  • Understand the social, economic, cultural, and political factors that influence a project.
  • Research and utilize historical references.
  • Develop sketching skills for production design
    and set decorating.
  • Create two- and three-dimensional set designs.
  • Develop workflow plans, production budgets, and script breakdowns.
  • Collaborate effectively as part of a team.
  • Develop solutions for real-visual design problems.
  • Effectively communicate and present concepts.
  • Launch a successful career in the field.


This hands-on program offers students the ultimate opportunity to work as interns on actual network television shows and at prop houses.

Instructors are working professionals with impressive resumes, such as Emmy-award® winning Production Designer Denny Dugally.

Students get an intensive education in everything from building set models and sourcing fabric to on-set and studio production, in addition to travelling to Europe for a study tour.

FIDM was like a light bulb moment for me. Wonderful mentors took me under their wings to help push my mind and skills and truly find out what I wanted to do for a career." - Ali Matilla, Set Decorator for Disney's Zeke and Luther.

A Closer Look

The Advanced Study Program in Entertainment Set Design & Decoration is designed to provide a quality professional education that will meet the needs of students entering the entertainment industry. The applied learner-centered program involves the students in creative problem-solving, best business practices, hands-on experience, set design, set decorating, and model building. The curriculum stresses the importance of teamwork and effective communication.

For important information about the completion rate, educational debt, and earnings of students who attended this program, click here.