Career outlook for set designer
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would create the overall look of a theatre, television or film production.
Your work would begin at the start of the production planning process, and end on the opening night or when filming begins. You would create the design ideas and sometimes delegate the practical work to others.
- Read scripts and discuss ideas with the director
- Share your ideas with costume, make-up, prop and lighting designers
- Solve problems such as lighting or scene changes
- Research details to get the right look
- Keep to a budget
- Sketch your ideas, scene by scene
- Build and photograph scale models
- Work out costs and schedules
- Direct set building
- Make any changes needed during rehearsals
In theatre, you might work alone or with an assistant. In TV/film, you may manage a team that could include art directors, assistant art directors, storyboard artists and model makers.
You would need good knowledge of the production process, including technical parts such as lighting and sound.
You may spend some of your time marketing your services.
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- Developing a plan
- Attention to detail
- Verbal communication
- Problem solving
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