Dates: July 26 - 30, 2021

This course is designed for those with limited practical experience in set design.  It is ideal for theatre directors, actors, teachers and community theatre volunteers. Those interested in pursuing a degree or career in design should view this course as preparatory to the commencement of professional study.

Prior to the start date, participants will become familiar with an assigned script. Together, they will learn how to analyze and break down a script, conceive a set concept, and communicate their design ideas to the director, set builders and other collaborators. 


In the course, participants will: 

  • Examine text and analyze set requirements;

  • Explore concept development;

  • Practice basic hand drafting skills, working within ½ inch or ¼ inch scale; 

  • Discover how to read and create a ground plan; 

  • Create a design, from thumb-nail sketch to 3-D model;

  • Learn design communication techniques, and discuss constructive collaboration practices;

  • Explore set design presentation techniques.


The low student-to-teacher ratio ensures instruction is geared to the participant's skill level and experience. Please indicate your related experience when you register.

Note: During the course, participants will have an opportunity to watch a set changeover at the Stratford Festival.

Set Design may be taken as part of the 

Theatre Production Arts certificate.

PACKAGE DEALS - Take multiple courses and save!


Option 1

​Combine this course with any other one-week course and you will save $50 for each additional one-week course.

Course 1 full price

Course 2 $50 discount

Course 3 $100 discount

This discount offer is limited to 3 courses. 

How do I take  advantage of package deal offer?

If you are interested in two or three courses, register and pay the deposit for each course. Our Registrar will then calculate the discount and invoice you for the balance owing via PayPal.

Option 2

Take five one-week courses and receive an

Off the Wall Theatre Production Arts Certificate (TPA). Cost for the TPA program is $2000, representing  a discount of $110 to $125 per course. All materials are supplied. Please note there will be a material surcharge of $35 for Artistic Welding, Makeup Intensive, Millinery and Drops & Murals.

Participants also receive complimentary tickets for many Stratford Festival productions.

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Model and Photo

The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Neptune Theatre 


Sean Mulcahy 
ADC Designer and Stylist

LX by Leighann Vardy


Cost: $530

Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: Factory163,

163 King Street,

Stratford N5A 4S2

Target enrollment: 10 students

For more information, contact:
Susan Starkweather, Program Advisor