Set & Exhibit Designers
Also called: Designer, Exhibit Designer, Scenic Designer, Set Designer
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On stage or on screen, at a tradeshow or a museum – a show wouldn’t be complete without the right setting. The creative contributors in the background of our favorite events are Set and Exhibit Designers. It’s a job that mixes imagination with knowledge, artistry with actualization. Some are elaborate, others are simple - but all set and exhibit designs add to a production. Designers start with an idea. They meet with directors to understand their vision. Set designers may also do research to make their creation as realistic as possible. They prepare drawings outlining their goals, and may make many changes before a final plan is on paper. Designs often have to be done to scale, so careful measuring is involved. Production heads are consulted on a budget and construction begins. Designers coordinate what props have to be bought or created from scratch. Usually a team of workers assists in the setting up. Set and Exhibit designers coordinate and supervise those workers. Most designers have a bachelor’s degree from a four year college or university. They’re trained in design and have knowledge of fine arts, architecture and construction. A creative mind and ability to work with others is important. Hours are usually regular but designers may need to be flexible if working around other exhibits already on display. If you want to help set the stage for creative productions, consider a career as a Set and Exhibit 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 to determine location, set, and design requirements.
- Develop set designs, based on evaluation of scripts, budgets, research information, and available locations.
Engineering and Technology
- building and construction
Arts and Humanities
- music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
- English language
- listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
- reading work related information
- noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
- 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
- Stress Tolerance
You might use software like this on the job:
Graphics or photo imaging software
Video creation and editing software
- Act-3D Quest3D
- Adobe Systems Adobe Director
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- Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School
- Interior Designers
- Multimedia Artists & Animators
- Museum Technicians & Conservators
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