Theatre designers design and create settings, scenic environments, properties, costumes and lighting for theatre, film and video productions, operas and ballets. (National Occupational Classification)

Set designers design and plan settings, scenic environments and properties (props) for theatre, dance, opera, television, video and film productions. Exhibit designers work with others to research, plan, design and oversee the fabrication and installation of exhibits and displays. (alis)

Theatre designers are employed by performing arts and broadcasting companies and by festivals […] and exhibit designers are employed by museums and retail establishments. (National Occupational Classification)

This profile includes information about Lighting Designers, Set Designers, Costume Designers, Exhibit Designers, and Theatre Designers.

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Exhibit Designers: Individuals who do not have formal art and design training may be hired as assistant exhibit designers if they demonstrate a strong design ability and a willingness to learn. However, employers generally prefer to hire people who have post-secondary education in exhibit design or a related field such as industrial design, architecture, drafting, construction or interior design. Education  or experience in fine art, graphic design, illustration, animation, web design, lighting, costuming or props is an asset. (alis)

Lighting and Set Designers: A bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in fine art with a specialization in theatre design or set design is recommended. (alis)

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