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Set Painting

Set painting

Set painting can look back on a long tradition as a classic stage decoration discipline. In addition to the central task of prospect painting, set painting is also used in combination with almost all coloured and/or structured surface designs employed in theatre, film and television.

A number of new areas of application have developed during recent years, with set painters now also used in advertising, at trade fairs and exhibitions and in other scenarios with specific surface- and wall-related design requirements.
The course aims to reflect this broad spectrum of usages. Building on a foundation of sound basic drawing and painting skills, students learn to master a variety of design techniques and appreciate the aesthetic effect thereof.

Set painting is a highly interpretative art, and therefore requires an assured, intuitive understanding of stylistics and artistic means. Comprehensive knowledge of suitable technologies and design methods enable the modern set painter to turn set blueprints into reality. The course therefore teaches various painting and spray techniques, which are then tested in a range of coursework projects. The themes chosen focus on the use of various types of drawing, graphic art and painting, decorative art and reliefs, as well as the portrayal of architecture, landscapes and figures. Material/surface imitation techniques and stencil techniques are also taught.
To an increasing extent, modern set painting requires the flexible, autonomous development of concepts and methods, and this may also involve design work in some cases. Set painting is to be understood as one part of an overall design process, and set painters therefore need to exhibit the ability to work in a team and communicate effectively.