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5243 – 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 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
  • Exhibit designer - museums and art galleries
  • Facilities designer
  • Fashion co-ordinator
  • Fashion stylist
  • Visual merchandiser

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, 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.


Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport
Skill level
B – Occupations usually require college education, specialized training or apprenticeship training.
Major group
52 – Technical occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport
Minor group
524 – Creative designers and craftspersons
Associated Career Handbook profiles
5243.1 – Theatre designers 5243.2 – Fashion designers 5243.3 – Exhibit designers
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