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Set and Exhibit Designers

Design special exhibits and sets for film, video, television, and theater productions. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Develop set designs, based on evaluation of scripts, budgets, research information, and available locations.
    • Prepare rough drafts and scale working drawings of sets, including floor plans, scenery, and properties to be constructed.
    • Prepare preliminary renderings of proposed exhibits, including detailed construction, layout, and material specifications, and diagrams relating to aspects such as special effects or lighting.
    • Read scripts to determine location, set, and design requirements.
    • Submit plans for approval, and adapt plans to serve intended purposes, or to conform to budget or fabrication restrictions.
    • Attend rehearsals and production meetings to obtain and share information related to sets.
    • Confer with clients and staff to gather information about exhibit space, proposed themes and content, timelines, budgets, materials, or promotion requirements.
    • Research architectural and stylistic elements appropriate to the time period to be depicted, consulting experts for information, as necessary.
    • Observe sets during rehearsals in order to ensure that set elements do not interfere with performance aspects such as cast movement and camera angles.
    • Collaborate with those in charge of lighting and sound so that those production aspects can be coordinated with set designs or exhibit layouts.
    • Select set props, such as furniture, pictures, lamps, and rugs.
    • Design and build scale models of set designs, or miniature sets used in filming backgrounds or special effects.
    • Examine objects to be included in exhibits to plan where and how to display them.
    • Assign staff to complete design ideas and prepare sketches, illustrations, and detailed drawings of sets, or graphics and animation.
    • Direct and coordinate construction, erection, or decoration activities to ensure that sets or exhibits meet design, budget, and schedule requirements.
    • Inspect installed exhibits for conformance to specifications and satisfactory operation of special-effects components.
    • Estimate set- or exhibit-related costs, including materials, construction, and rental of props or locations.
    • Coordinate the transportation of sets that are built off-site, and coordinate their setup at the site of use.
    • Confer with conservators to determine how to handle an exhibit's environmental aspects, such as lighting, temperature, and humidity, so that objects will be protected and exhibits will be enhanced.
    • Plan for location-specific issues, such as space limitations, traffic flow patterns, and safety concerns.
    • Select and purchase lumber and hardware necessary for set construction.
    • Acquire, or arrange for acquisition of, specimens or graphics required to complete exhibits.
    • Arrange for outside contractors to construct exhibit structures.
    • Design and produce displays and materials that can be used to decorate windows, interior displays, or event locations, such as streets and fairgrounds.
    • Coordinate the removal of sets, props, and exhibits after productions or events are complete.
    • Provide supportive materials for exhibits and displays, such as press kits, advertising, publicity notices, posters, brochures, catalogues, and invitations.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    6
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Fluency of Ideas

      The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Visualization

      The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

    Knowledge

    • Fine Arts

      Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 46880/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 22.54/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 480
    • Yearly Projected Openings 50

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Artistic: People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Initiative
    • Innovation

    Tools

    • Claw hammer
    • Audio mixing consoles
    • Art airbrushes
    • Alternating current AC arc welder
    • Air compressors

    Technology

    • Video creation and editing software
    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Data base management system software
    • Computer aided design CAD software

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