Set designer

Set designer

Set designers create the amazing worlds seen in theatre, TV and film, from locations and lighting to props and costumes. Computing skills are useful for this job, along with art and design subjects.

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It doesn’t matter whether the story is set in an ancient world, a futuristic land or the present day: set designers are skilled at making the productions they work on feel real and authentic.

What's cool about being a set designer?

Getting to use your imagination and creativity on a daily basis

Seeing your vision come to life when your sets are used in real productions

Working with other creative storytellers, including directors, actors and writers

Subjects you'll need

Technical skills will help you to create realistic looking sets, so make an extra effort in technology classes if you want a head start in this career. As many sets are designed using specialist software, it’s also a smart idea to focus on computing at school. Art and design subjects will also help with the creative aspects of the job.

Fun fact

Film producers invest millions of pounds in their sets. Some of the most expensive movies ever made include Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($378.5 million) and The Hobbit trilogy ($623 million).

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