5243 – Theater, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers

5243 – Theater, 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
  • Jewelry 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:

Theater designers

  • Design and create settings, scenic environments, properties, costumes and lighting for theater, 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 movable exhibits and displays for museum exhibitions, trade shows, conventions, retail spaces and other exhibitions.

Theater 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 theater design, clothing design or exhibit design or completion of a college or art school program in theater 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.


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