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Set and Exhibit Designers
District Of Columbia

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

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Currently Employed: 190

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $25.07 - $39.43

Typical Annual Salary: $52,200 - $82,000

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Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Prepare rough drafts and scale working drawings of sets, including floor plans, scenery, and properties to be constructed.
  • Develop set designs based on evaluation of scripts, budgets, research information, and available locations.
  • Read scripts in order to determine location, set, and design requirements.
  • Confer with clients and staff in order to gather information about exhibit space, proposed themes and content, timelines, budgets, materials, and/or promotion requirements.
  • Collaborate with those in charge of lighting and sound so that those production aspects can be coordinated with set designs or exhibit layouts.
  • Attend rehearsals and production meetings in order to obtain and share information related to sets.
  • Prepare preliminary renderings of proposed exhibits, including detailed construction, layout, and material specifications, and diagrams relating to aspects such as special effects and/or lighting.
  • Research architectural and stylistic elements appropriate to the time period to be depicted, consulting experts for information as necessary.
  • Select set props such as furniture, pictures, lamps, and rugs.
  • Inspect installed exhibits for conformance to specifications, and satisfactory operation of special effects components.

tools & technology

  • Alternating current AC arc welder
  • Claw hammer
  • Nylon fabric sling
  • Saws
  • Sewing machines

  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Development environment software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Video creation and editing software

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