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, A/V Technology and Communication cluster Performing Arts pathway, Visual and Design 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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