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Set & Exhibit Designers

Also called: Designer, Exhibit Designer, Scenic Designer, Set Designer

What they do:
Design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare rough drafts and scale working drawings of sets, including floor plans, scenery, and properties to be constructed.
  • Read scripts in order to determine location, set, and design requirements.
  • Develop set designs based on evaluation of scripts, budgets, research information, and available locations.


Engineering and Technology
  • design
  • building and construction
Arts and Humanities
  • music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
  • English language
  • multimedia
  • management


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Resource Management
  • managing your time and the time of other people
  • making spending decisions and keeping track of what is spent


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • come up with lots of ideas
  • create new and original ideas
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide


People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Cooperation
  • Innovation
  • Stress Tolerance


You might use software like this on the job:

Video creation and editing software
  • Act-3D Quest3D
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Director
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • McNeel Rhinoceros
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Autodesk Maya


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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