set designer


Set designers develop a set concept for a performance and supervise the execution of it. Their work is based on research and artistic vision. Their design is influenced by and influences other designs and must be conform with these designs and the overall artistic vision. Therefore, the designers work closely with artistic directors, operators and the artistic team. During rehearsals and performance they coach the operators to obtain optimal timing and manipulation. Set designers develop sketches, design drawings, models, plans or other documentation to support the workshop and performance crew. They may also design exhibition stands for fairs and other events. 

Alternative label

  • exibition designer

  • scenic designer

  • scenery artist

  • theater designer

  • scenic designer & artist

  • scenic artist & designer

  • scenic artist and designer

  • scene designer

  • scenic designer and artist

  • scenographer

  • theatre designer

  • set designer, builder and dresser

  • scenic artist

  • set designer, builder & dresser

Regulatory aspect

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Optional skills and competences

Optional Knowledge



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