Set DesignerJob Description:
Design and create backdrops and settings for video productions including TV, film, and theatre.Job Category:
What you will do:
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- studying scripts and discussing ideas with the director
- communicating your ideas to costume, make-up, props and lighting designers
- working out problems like lighting and scene changes
- researching historical, contemporary or futuristic details to get the right look for the production
- creating effective designs within the available budget
- sketching design ideas to produce a storyboard
- building and photographing scale models
- knowledge of the fine arts
- design skills and knowledge
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
As well as:
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to use your initiative (drive)
- the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
- the ability to come up with new ways of doing things (creative skills)
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- excellent verbal communication skills
To become a Set Designer, it’s important to develop a strong foundation in the arts, creativity, and technical skills. While there are no specific subjects required, you can focus on subjects that will help you build a relevant skill set and knowledge base for this career. Here are some subjects that can be beneficial for aspiring Set Designers:
- Art & Design: This is one of the most important subjects for a career in set design. It will help you develop your artistic skills, including drawing, painting, and design.
- Design and Technology: This subject can provide you with a good understanding of materials, construction, and the technical aspects of creating sets.
- Drama or Theater Studies: These subjects can help you gain insights into the world of theater, performance, and stage design, which are closely related to set design.
- Media Studies: Understanding how different media and visual elements are used in storytelling can be helpful for designing sets for various types of productions.
- English Language: Strong communication skills are crucial for working with directors, producers, and other team members in the entertainment industry.
- Mathematics: While not directly related to set design, math skills can be useful for measurements and calculations when creating and constructing sets.
You’ll usually need an HND or degree in a relevant subject, like architecture, fine art, interior design or 3D design.
You could start as a designer’s assistant, art department trainee or a runner in film or TV and work your way up.
A DVD or online portfolio showcasing sets you’ve designed for amateur theatre, school plays or films would be useful.
Working Hours and Environment:
Your working hours could be long and include evening and weekend work.
You’ll work in a studio, an office or from home. You may also travel to attend meetings with theatres or film and TV production companies.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could work on larger and more prestigious film, TV and theatre productions.