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Who is a Set Designer?

Set Designers are creative designers involved in the creation of set designs for drama, opera, exhibitions, events, shop windows, fashion shows, advertising, television and film.

What does a Set Designer do?

Set Designers participate in creative meetings with directors or clients or art directors, and are in charge of finding an idea for the space and communicating it through mood-boards, technical drawings and sketches.

They must be able to master both traditional tools (hand drawing, model development, painting techniques) and the more innovative ones (use of 2D and 3D drawing software). Following a purely creative phase, set designers are in charge of the project’s feasibility and of supervising all the production and staging phases, so that the final set is consistent with the project presented to the director or client.

What skills should a Set Designer have?

  • Creativity and imagination
  • Space Awareness
  • Curiosity towards all artistic and cultural areas
  • Passion for drawing
  • Co-ordinating and working in a team

How to become a Set Designer?

Cultivating a passion for reading, drawing, theatre, visual arts, film and music. Start by studying set design in a Fine Arts Academy, then find an internship or work alongside a professional set designer as an assistant, to take your first steps in the profession.

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