Production Designer duties and responsibilities
A Production Designer is primarily responsible for coming up with visual concepts for a TV, film or theatre production. Other duties and responsibilities include:
- Going through scripts to identify a visual style that fits the production
- Creating sketches based on a visual concept to share them with the Director and art department
- Researching and scouting filming locations and assessing them for visual practicality and scene aesthetics
- Managing the art department and assigning tasks to Set Designers, Costume Designers and other professionals
- Attending workshops or training sessions to discover ideas for production designs
Production Designer skills and qualifications
Creative thinking, attention to detail and communication skills are qualities that Production Designers need to perform their duties. They must be good at managing a team to deliver the final output while working under strict deadlines. Other skills and qualifications include:
- Knowledge of production processes, visual arts, and theories
- Advanced proficiency in computer-aided design (CAD) programs, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator
- Ability to plan, schedule, and monitor large projects
- Ability to sketch ideas
- Theatre and scenic design skills
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
Production Designer experience requirements
Production Designer candidates should have prior experience working with production design, as an assistant or lead, and typically you should consider applicants with at least two years of work experience. Production Designers with a wide range of previous experience, including local or student theatres, film productions or music societies, can offer an art department a well-rounded perspective. A good Production Designer candidate can start as a freelancer or an assistant to a Production Designer. Applicants with volunteer experience may also be an asset to your organization.
Production Designer education and training requirements
Ideal Production Designer candidates often have a bachelor’s degree in arts, architecture, interior design, theatre studies, or related fields. Vocational programs also offer woodworking and production design training and, given its creative field, sometimes a degree isn’t necessary, especially if your candidate has extensive skills and background. Regardless of education level, ensure your Production Designer is qualified in computer design and software platforms, like CAD and Photoshop. Other education and training requirements depend on your production needs.
Production Designer salary expectations
According to Indeed Salaries, a Production Designer’s average pay in Canada is $21.07 per hour, depending on factors like experience, education, location, and company.
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