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Set Designer

Set Designer

“If you are good at crafts and design, and want to work in film or theatre, this job could be perfect for you.”

Set designers create the overall look of a theatre, television or film production. In the film and TV industry they are often known as production designers and in the theatre as stage designers.

In this job you will need to be creative and imaginative. You will need to be good at communicating with people. You will also need to stay organised, even when working under pressure.

To get into this job you will need a high level of design skill and creative vision. You would normally start as a designer's assistant or prop maker in the theatre, or as an art department trainee or runner in film and TV. You don't need any specific qualifications but in practice many entrants have a university qualification in an art-based subject.

Skills you'll learn at South Devon College

  • lighting, sound and video practical knowledge and techniques
  • knowledge of the media and theatrical industries
  • working to a deadline
  • improved communication and 'people skills'
  • organisational skills
  • business and financial awareness

Your future

  • over 80% of culture, media and sports occupations will require qualifications at level 3 or above by 2020
  • arts and entertainment jobs are expected to expand by 37% across the South West by 2020
  • 199,000 new jobs will be created nationally by 2020 in the arts and entertainment sector - a 23% increase on 2010 job totals. 1,055,000 in total
  • 99% of Performing Arts and Music students moved forward into a positive destination, including employment, apprenticeships and further study
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