Scenic Designer

What does a Scenic Designer do?

What does a Scenic Designer do?

The SCENIC DESIGNER creates the set design for a production, including backdrops, set pieces, and, in some cases, even the shape of the stage.


Experience in design and construction | Drawing and painting | Attention to Detail | Collaboration | Ability to give and take direction | Patience


Degree in set design and/or production | Internships | Apprenticeships | Assisting | Stagehand

How to become a Scenic Designer

How to become a Scenic Designer

Many colleges and universities offer degrees and concentrations in production and design, as well as opportunities working on school or student-led productions. Broadway scenic designers often begin as Stage Crew or assistants themselves, transitioning to the designer role as they gain experience working on different sets, with different directors, and alongside other scenic professionals. Those just starting out may want to explore available classes and volunteer opportunities available in their region for training and experience.

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