Set and Exhibit Designer Job Description

The Set and Exhibit Designer job function is to design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. The Set and Exhibit Designer may study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.

Duties

The Set and Exhibit Designer examines objects to be included in exhibits in order to plan where and how to display them.  The Set and Exhibit Designer acquires, or arranges for acquisition of, specimens or graphics required to complete exhibits. The Set and Exhibit Designer prepares rough drafts and scale working drawings of sets, including floor plans, scenery, and properties to be constructed.  The Set and Exhibit Designer confers with clients and staff in order to gather information about exhibit space, proposed themes and content, timelines, budgets, materials, and/or promotion requirements. The Exhibit Designer estimate set or exhibit related costs including materials, construction, and rental of props or locations. The Set and Exhibit Designer develops set designs based on evaluation of scripts, budgets, research information, and available locations. The Set and Exhibit Designer directs and coordinates construction, erection, or decoration activities in order to ensure that sets or exhibits meet design, budget, and schedule requirements. The Set and Exhibit Designer inspects installed exhibits for conformance to specifications, and satisfactory operation of special effects components. The Set and Exhibit Designer plan for location specific issues such as space limitations, traffic flow patterns, and safety concerns. The Set and Exhibit Designer submit plans for approval, and adapt plans to serve intended purposes, or to conform to budget or fabrication restrictions.

Skills

  • The Set and Exhibit Designer must have the skill to understand written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • The Set and Exhibit Designer uses logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • The Set and Exhibit Designer gives 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.
  • The Set and Exhibit Designer adjusts actions in relation to others’ actions in order to properly do their job function.
  • The Set and Exhibit Designer talks to others to convey information effectively in order to properly do their job function.
  • The Set and Exhibit Designer must be aware of others’ reactions and understand why they react as they do.
  • The Set and Exhibit Designer must have the skill to consider the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • The Set and Exhibit Designer must be able to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • The Set and Exhibit Designer must have the skill to communicate effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities

The Set and Exhibit Designer needs the ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. The Set and Exhibit Designer needs the ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. The Set and Exhibit Designer needs 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.  The Set and Exhibit Designer needs the ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. The Set and Exhibit Designer needs the ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.  The Set and Exhibit Designer needs the ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.  The Set and Exhibit Designer needs the ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.  The Set and Exhibit Designer need the ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.  The Set and Exhibit Designer needs the ability to generate or use different or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.  The Set and Exhibit Designer needs the ability to see details at close range that is within just a few feet of their work area.

Degrees and Training to Become a Set and Exhibit Designer

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