Costume and Set Designer

Needed competencies and skills

  • Ability to materialise ideas
  • Knowledge of story structure and character arcs
  • Flair for fashion and design
  • Good garment production skills
  • Excellent design skills
  • Wide knowledge of the history of design and decoration is important
  • Knowledge of textiles, costume history and modern fashion
  • Wide-ranging cultural knowledge base
  • Ability to see the broader picture
  • Good eye for decoration
  • Enthusiasm for dressing objects and for decoration
  • Good sense of colour and form
  • Methodical approach to work
  • Good research skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • Contacts with a range of Prop Hire companies
  • Ability to break down scripts in terms of costume plots
  • Creative flair and imagination
  • Good organisation skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Confidence to motivate a team
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to put others at ease (when working closely with actors in a physical sense)
  • Imagination
  • Precise attention to detail
  • Initiative
  • Ability to work under pressure to strict deadlines
  • Ability to work to a budget
  • Full clean driving license
  • Good stamina
  • Knowledge of the requirements of the relevant Health and Safety legislation and procedure

Career Progression and Training Opportunities

Costume Designer

To become a costume designer, candidates will need to demonstrate a high level of design skills and practical sewing ability. Many costume designers have a HND, degree or post-graduate qualification in a related subject such as, costume design, fashion, theatre design or performing arts (production).

Set Designer

Set Designers are usually graduates of Art (Painting, Textiles), Interior or 3D Design courses. Some may also complete a specialist course in Film and/or Theatre Production Design at a higher level. After completing their training, they must acquire on the job experience of how Art departments work.

More information (links to materials)

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