Designs special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.
This career is part of the Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications cluster Visual Arts pathway.
A person in this career:
- Prepares rough drafts and scale working drawings of sets, including floor plans, scenery, and properties to be constructed.
- Develops set designs based on evaluation of scripts, budgets, research information, and available locations.
- Reads scripts in order to determine location, set, and design requirements.
- Confers with clients and staff in order to gather information about exhibit space, proposed themes and content, timelines, budgets, materials, and/or promotion requirements.
- Collaborates with those in charge of lighting and sound so that those production aspects can be coordinated with set designs or exhibit layouts.
- Attends rehearsals and production meetings in order to obtain and share information related to sets.
- Prepares preliminary renderings of proposed exhibits, including detailed construction, layout, and material specifications, and diagrams relating to aspects such as special effects and/or lighting.
- Researches architectural and stylistic elements appropriate to the time period to be depicted, consulting experts for information as necessary.
- Selects set props such as furniture, pictures, lamps, and rugs.
- Inspects installed exhibits for conformance to specifications, and satisfactory operation of special effects components.
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