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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: $21.83 - $39.04

Typical Annual Salary: $45,400 - $81,200

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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

  • Examine objects to be included in exhibits in order to plan where and how to display them.
  • Acquire, or arrange for acquisition of, specimens or graphics required to complete exhibits.
  • Prepare rough drafts and scale working drawings of sets, including floor plans, scenery, and properties to be constructed.
  • Confer with clients and staff in order to gather information about exhibit space, proposed themes and content, timelines, budgets, materials, and/or promotion requirements.
  • Estimate set- or exhibit-related costs including materials, construction, and rental of props or locations.
  • Develop set designs based on evaluation of scripts, budgets, research information, and available locations.
  • 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 in order to ensure that sets or exhibits meet design, budget, and schedule requirements.
  • Observe sets during rehearsals in order to ensure that set elements do not interfere with performance aspects such as cast movement and camera angles.
  • Inspect installed exhibits for conformance to specifications, and satisfactory operation of special effects components.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Alternating current AC arc welder
  • Hammers
  • Nylon fabric sling
  • Saws
  • Sewing machines

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

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