Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers (NOC 5243)

Job titles

Nature of work

Designers in this unit group 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 textiles 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.

Fields of interest

  • Creating, designing
  • Making or building things, constructing, doing repairs, and performing installations
  • Working for yourself
  • Working in the arts, culture, music, or recreation
  • Working with your hands

Main duties

  • The following is a summary of main duties for some occupations in this unit group:
  • - 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.

Main characteristics of the occupation

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.

Skill type

  • Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport

Skill level

  • Technical

More information

  • * Designers may advance to supervisory and management positions.