Set designer

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), “set designers design exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. They may study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.”

Job responsibilities: Set designer

  • Concept, create and craft sets to be used on TV, film, movies, and theatrical productions
  • Sketch out set plans, using hand-rendering or computer software
  • Assign staff to complete design ideas and prepare sketches, illustrations, and detailed drawings of sets, or graphics and animation
  • Order materials for production of set
  • Select furniture, floor coverings, wall coverings, and large props to be used in set
  • Produce scale models for producers to approve

Salary outlook: Set designer 

The average salary for a set designer is about $53,150 annually or  $25.55 per hour. The BLS estimates that employment positions similar to those of set designers will grow 3 percent between 2012 and 2022. 

What degrees can help me become a set designer?

In order to become a set designer, a bachelor’s degree is required for most positions. Some actors may become set designers with industry experience. A portfolio of prior work may be necessary. Set designers can gain additional training and increase their desirability in the job market by gaining unpaid experience after undergraduate school Set design graduates can apply for volunteer, apprenticeship or internship programs with museums, motion picture companies, or theaters. Lynn offers the following foundational degrees that can help you in your career path:


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