5243 – Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers | Canada NOC |

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.


Index of titles

Example titles

  • Assistant costume designer
  • Clothing designer
  • Costume designer
  • Costume designer – exhibits and theatre
  • Couturier – haute couture
  • Crest designer
  • Designer – theatre
  • Display design supervisor
  • Display designer
  • Display designer – museums and art galleries
  • Display designers supervisor
  • Embroidery designer
  • Exhibit and display designer
  • Exhibit designer
  • Exhibit designer – museums and art galleries
  • Exhibit designers supervisor
  • Exhibition designer – museums and art galleries
  • Fabric designer
  • Facilities designer
  • Fashion co-ordinator
  • Fashion designer
  • Fashion goods co-ordinator
  • Fashion goods exhibit co-ordinator
  • Fashion stylist
  • Fashion wear designer
  • Fishing lure designer
  • Food stylist
  • Fur designer
  • Garment designer
  • Glove designer
  • Handbag designer
  • Hat designer
  • Heraldist
  • Jacket designer
  • Jewellery designer
  • Lighting designer
  • Lighting designer – exhibits
  • Luggage designer
  • Luggage stylist
  • Memorial designer
  • Museum designer
  • Museum exhibit designer
  • Novelties stylist
  • Pottery designer
  • Rug designer
  • Scene designer
  • Scene designer assistant
  • Set decorator – theatre and motion pictures
  • Set designer – theatre
  • Shoe designer
  • Show and demonstration designer
  • Sound designer
  • Stage scenery designer
  • Store display designer
  • Swimming pool designer
  • Textile designer
  • Theatre designer
  • Tile designer
  • Toy designer – arts and crafts
  • Trophy designer
  • Visual display stylist
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Window display designer
  • Women’s fashion designer

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.


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