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53123 – Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers

Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers 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 textile companies or may be self-employed; and exhibit designers are employed by museums. 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
  • Fabric designer
  • Fashion designer
  • Fur designer
  • Jewellery designer
  • Lighting designer
  • Museum exhibit designer
  • Shoe designer
  • Trophy designer
  • Facilities designer
  • Fashion coordinator
  • Fashion stylist

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
    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, and other exhibitions.

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.
  • 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.


Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport
3 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of less than two years; or more than six months of on-the-job training
Major group
53 – Occupations in art, culture and sport
Sub-major group
531 – Occupations in art and culture
Minor group
5312 – Occupations in creative and performing art
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