Unit Group

5243 Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers

Designers in this unit group conceptualize and produce designs for film, television, theatre and video productions, garments and textiles, displays and exhibits, and for other creative items such as jewellery and trophies. Theatre designers are employed by performing arts and broadcasting companies and by festivals; fashion designers are employed by clothing and textiles companies or may be self-employed; and exhibit designers are employed by museums and retail establishments. Other creative designers in this unit group are employed by manufacturing establishments or may be self-employed.

Example Titles

clothing designer
costume designer
couturier – haute couture
display designer
fabric designer
fashion designer
fur designer
jewellery designer
lighting designer
museum exhibit designer
shoe designer
trophy designer
window display designer

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Main duties


The following is a summary of main duties for some occupations in this unit group:
  • Theatre designers design and create settings, scenic environments, properties, costumes and lighting for theatre, film and video productions, operas and ballets.
  • Fashion designers design and create clothing and accessories for men, women and children.
  • Exhibit designers plan and develop permanent and temporary or moveable exhibits and displays for museum exhibitions, trade shows, conventions, retail spaces and other exhibitions.

  • Theatre designers may specialize in costume, lighting or set design; fashion designers may specialize in men's, women's or children's apparel or in different lines such as sportswear, footwear or formal wear.

    Employment requirements

    • A university degree in fine arts or visual arts with specialization in theatre design, clothing design or exhibit design
      or
      Completion of a college or art school program in theatre design, clothing design or exhibit design is required.
    • Creative ability, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work, is required.
    • Use of computer-aided design (CAD) software may be required.

    Additional information

    • Designers may advance to supervisory and management positions.

    Classified elsewhere

    • Diorama makers – museums and galleries (in 5212 Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries )
    • Graphic designers and illustrators (5241)
    • Industrial designers (2252)
    • Interior designers and interior decorators (5242)
    • Patternmakers - textile, leather and fur products (5245)
    • Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners (6342)

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