Ephemeral Construction Course


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Program Description

The Ephemeral Construction course will train you in the development of ephemeral construction projects for the audiovisual and film industry.

During the course you will enter the techniques and methodology of the discipline, knowing the different phases of the execution of a project of artistic direction of a cinematographic production.

You will learn to use state-of-the-art software, techniques and high quality materials that will open the doors to a multitude of job opportunities : you can work as a painter, carpenter, sculptor or textile technician in any decoration project and you can enter any branch of the world of show and entertainment such as television, opera, theater, theme parks, ephemeral architecture handicrafts, events, exhibitions, thematic venues, presentations, etc.

You will also be able to face the organization and management of work teams, budgets, and the material needs of any staging.

Who is it for?

Students who have studied carpentry, electricity, Fine Arts, architects, interior designers, etc.

It does not require a specific degree for access to the course.


At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Build a space from a scenographic project.
  • Manage and organize materials and construction team for the scenography of a feature film.
  • Work as a builder on a decoration project.
  • Understand the scenographic criteria for cinema and ephemeral construction.
  • Understand and develop plans and explanatory drawings of a film project.
  • Communicate properly the results of the construction process to the film's art director.


Theoretical teachings will always be given through practical work. In this way, at the beginning of the course the most technical classes will be taught and, little by little, the participation of the students in the projects will be increased. The projects that the construction students will execute are designed by the students of the art department. A single subject will be taught each day of the week.

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  • Paint, materials, equipment and processes

Materials and equipment for painting, textures and imitation · Preparation of painting projects · Realization of the painting project · Preparation of supports, characteristics and techniques of imitation of materials · Realization of imitations of materials · Surface coating techniques for scenography · Characteristics and aging techniques · Realization of aging

  • Theatrical curtains and cinematographic forms
  • Volume, materials and techniques of carving, modeling and molds

Carving materials · Modeling materials · Mold making materials · Work instruments · Material calculation · Work process preparation · Carving materials and equipment · Wood · Other materials · Application of carving techniques · Safety regulations · Modeling materials, tools and techniques · Modeling equipment, tools and tools · Other materials · Execution of modeling projects · Associated safety regulations · Mold materials, equipment and processes · Rigid molds, chalk · Flexible molds, silicones · Other materials · Techniques for the reproduction of scenographic elements · Development of a mold project · Associated safety regulations

  • Coatings and finishes

Coating and reinforcement techniques of three-dimensional models · Texturing techniques · Behavior of materials

  • Textile techniques, materials, processes and appliances

Materials and equipment · Basic tools · Preparation of work processes · Dyes, techniques and materials · Abrasive products, techniques and materials

  • Clothing and clothing techniques

Materials, clothing · Project preparation · Alternative materials · Storage · Costs · The sewing machine · Pattern making · Environmental management · Storage · Costs

  • Upholstery and coverings

Upholstery techniques for scenographic elements · Furniture upholstery · Wall fogging · Construction coatings

  • Prototyping and planning

Collection of technical information on projects and processes · Prototype manufacturing programming · Application of occupational risk prevention and environmental protection procedures · Prototype evaluation

  • Decorating Construction

Selection of information for the development of the construction of sets · Development of parts and components for prototypes · Assembly of prototypes of furniture and carpentry elements · Management of documentation of decoration products · Preparation of scenographic proposals in the construction of sets · Determination of the resources for the manufacture in sets · Supervision of the operations of construction of sets · Development of proposals for development of sets in carpentry ·

  • Carpentry

Interpretation of elements and assemblies of carpentry and furniture · Organization of manufacture of elements of carpentry and furniture · Development of numerical control programs for the manufacture of elements of carpentry and furniture · Definition of the characteristics and specifications of new decoration products · Mechanization of processes · Basic tools · Preparation of work processes · Development of programs for the mechanization of carpentry and furniture elements · Materials, processes and equipment · Application of procedures for prevention of occupational hazards and environmental protection · Application of dyeing products and wood and derivatives finish · Definition of the characteristics and specifications of new carpentry products

LAB Construction

In the ephemeral Construction LAB the student extends his training in a project laboratory supervised by active professionals in the field of construction.
The nature of the projects will depend on the activity of the school in that semester.
Participation in the LAB allows the student to professionalize and contribute a bonus to everything learned during the regular course.


Candidates must fill in the registration form available on this page and send it to mastersypostgrados@escac.es .

It is essential to incorporate the documentation required for admission.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

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