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Career Details :: Set Designers
Design sets for theatrical, motion picture, and television productions.
Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
A bachelor's degree is the minimum formal education required for these occupations. However, many also require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
- Integrates requirements including script, research, budget, and available locations to develop design.
- Researches and consults experts to determine architectural and furnishing styles to depict given periods or locations.
- Estimates costs of design materials and construction or rental of location or props.
- Reads script to determine location, set, or decoration requirements.
- Directs and coordinates set construction, erection, or decoration activities to ensure conformance to design, budget, and schedule requirements.
- Assigns staff to complete design ideas and prepare sketches, illustrations, and detailed drawings of sets, or graphics and animation.
- Examines dressed set to ensure props and scenery do not interfere with movements of cast or view of camera.
- Confers with heads of production and direction to establish budget, schedules, and discuss design ideas.
- Selects furniture, draperies, pictures, lamps, and rugs for decorative quality and appearance.
- Prepares rough draft and scale working drawings of sets, including floor plans, scenery, and properties to be constructed.
- Presents drawings for approval and makes changes and corrections as directed.
- Designs and builds scale models of set design or miniature sets used in filming backgrounds or special effects.
- Art Directors
- Commercial and Industrial Designers
- Costume Attendants
- Exhibit Designers
- Fashion Designers
- Interior Designers
- Landscape Architects
- Museum Technicians and Conservators
General Work Activities
- Thinking Creatively
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Drafting & Specifying Technical Devices, etc.
- Implementing Ideas, Programs, etc.
- Information Gathering
- Implementation Planning
- Management of Material Resources
- Reading Comprehension
Frequent Work Context
- Objective or Subjective Information
- Job-Required Social Interaction
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results
- Consequence of Error
- Frustrating Circumstances