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ID-105 - Introduction to Production Design - Leigh Nicolai-Moon

Course:Introduction to Production Design
Professor:Leigh Nicolai-Moon
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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Welcome! My name is Leigh Nicolai-Moon and I will be your instructor for the ID-105 Introduction to Production Design course. I have been an adjunct instructor in the Architectural/ Interior Design Department (ARCHID) at COC since 1994. I love film, television, and theater! My goal is to introduce students to the variety of artistic careers available in the entertainment industry and inspire the passion to work and thrive in this unique and fascinating industry. 

I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Scenic Design (a special major that combined Interior Design & Theatrical Stage Design) from California State University of Long Beach. I grew up surrounded by the theater and the arts. I have worked in a variety of media and possess a wide range of skills which allowed me to move up the ranks in film, working as a storyboard artist, concept artist, Set Decorator, Art Director, and eventually as a Production Designer. I took a hiatus from film work for several years, working in commercial design specializing in media and studio design. I currently work as a conceptual designer, helping production companies obtain funding for projects.

Course Description

This course examines the process of production design in TV, film, and theatre, including the design process of various production team members. Educational and professional qualifications for entry into the industry are reviewed.

At the completion of this course, the student will be able to evaluate the duties, responsibilities, and working relationships of all members of the production design team for Television, Film and Theater. Additionally, students will learn how to break down a script, conduct research, locate vendors, then develop a portfolio project representing a production concept for a specific genre.

What to Expect in this Course

  • Students are expected to be present for the entirety of the class session, just as an on-ground course, and must observe attendance guidelines. There will class activities that will be completed during class time. Each week, students will be expected to complete reading assignments, conduct online research, and actively participate in class discussions and discussion boards. One visual project will finalize the student’s production concept.
  • The estimated weekly time commitment needed to be successful in this course is 2 to 6 hours. You will be expected to log in weekly during class hours to participate in class discussions, read the assigned textbook chapters, as well as submit assignments.
  • This course is an OnlineLIVE /synchronous (Remote/Distance Education) course that will require you to access our virtual classroom every week via Zoom through your COC Canvas account. This class will utilize the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) to complete our course requirements including discussions, grades, and other course activities (note that only students registered for the course will have access to the course on Canvas).
  • Students are expected to "arrive" on time to Remote/Distance Learning platform, promptly at 9:00 a.m. via Zoom through Canvas. Attendance will be taken immediately.  Please plan and anticipate technical challenges to assure prompt arrival to the virtual classroom.  See all tutorials available to you via MyCanyons website and practice where possible so you find yourself comfortable with the general process.

Types of Assessments

Online discussion boards, written activities and assignments, online quizzes, and a project (requiring online research with written and photographic documentation of findings).

Textbook Information

The textbook Filmmaker’s Guide to Production Design by Author: Vincent LoBrutto, ISBN: 978-1581152241 guides you through the process of filmmaking in regard to the art department’s perspective. It will cover areas that my lectures do not cover. Your first assignments will be to read the early chapters which will be beneficial in understanding this unique industry and compliments the beginning lectures.


Filmmaker’s Guide to Production Design, Publisher: Allworth Press. Author: LoBrutto, Vincent. ISBN: 978-1581152241. Edition:  1st edition 

Other Relevant Course Information

  • As this course is a remote/distance learning course, it is important that you read the entire course materials located on the course website and attend class every week. 
  • Additional information on this course will be on the syllabus that will be accessible on Canvas once the class has started based on the dates listed above and discussed in detail during the first class and throughout the course.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

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Last updated: 08/26/2021 Sub#: 596