Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit, and Other Creative Designers

(NOC 5243)

in All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

Designers in this 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. Exhibit designers are employed by museums and retail establishments. Other creative designers in this group are employed by manufacturing establishments or may be self-employed.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 735 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit, and Other Creative Designers may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers.

The median employment income for 36% of Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit, and Other Creative Designers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $27,769. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$11,403

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

Hourly Pay

$10.81

Minimum

$16.00

Median

$31.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$945

Minimum

$11,712

Median

$60,447

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Designers in this 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. Exhibit designers are employed by museums and retail establishments. Other creative designers in this group are employed by manufacturing establishments or may be self-employed.

Job duties

The following is a summary of main duties for some jobs in this 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.

Sample job titles

  • clothing designer
  • costume designer
  • exhibit and display designer
  • jewellery designer
  • museum exhibit designer
  • set designer - theatre
  • sound designer
  • store display designer
  • visual merchandiser
  • window display designer

Skills

To work in this field, a natural ability to draw along with a good sense of creativity and imagination are beneficial. You should have an understanding of artistic principles and be able to visualize a finished piece of work from a sketch or brief description. Computer design and production skills are essential for the commercial jobs in this field. Self-discipline in meeting deadlines and a good business sense are also very important.

Job 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.

Other considerations

Many senior practitioners choose self-employment, and manage their own businesses or freelance. Creative ability, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work, is required. Use of computer-aided design (CAD) software may be required. Designers may advance to supervisory and management positions.

By the numbers

Quick look

160

employed in 2016

63.6%

employed full-time

34.4%

self employed

71.1%
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28.9%
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41.5

median age

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

11,000

employed in 2016

59.4%

employed full-time

33.3%

self employed

55.6%
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44.4%
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38.2

median age

Where will I likely work?

65.8%

Halifax

10.5%

Annapolis Valley

10.5%

Northern

10.5%

Cape Breton

5.3%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

51.6%

Retail Trade

12.9%

Professional Business Services

12.9%

Information, Culture & Recreation

9.7%

Other Industries

6.5%

Textiles, Furniture and Other Manufacturing

What is the age of Employment?

33.3%

25-34

20.0%

35-44

13.3%

55-64

13.3%

45-54

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

43.8%

35-44

35.4%

45-54

12.5%

25-34

8.3%

55-64

4.2%

65+

Top levels of education

35.3%

High school

$39,998 median annual income
29.4%

College certificate or diploma

$29,431 median annual income
23.5%

Bachelor's degree

$14,307 median annual income
8.8%

Less than high school

N/A

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

27.5%

Bachelor's degree

$19,705 median annual income
26.2%

High school

$7,127 median annual income
20.3%

College certificate or diploma

$20,158 median annual income
10.2%

Less than high school

$2,298 median annual income
8.0%

Master's degree

N/A

Education & training

Costume design

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to design and select costumes for characters in theatre and the performing arts and to serve as part of a production team. These programs include courses in costume design, script analysis, theory and criticism, period styles, history of costume, stage makeup, rendering, and costume construction.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

Drama and dramatics/theatre arts - General

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the general study of dramatic works and their performance. These programs include courses in major works of dramatic literature, dramatic styles and types, and the principles of organizing and producing full live or filmed productions.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Fashion/apparel design

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply artistic principles and techniques to the professional design of commercial fashions, apparel, and accessories, and the management of fashion development projects. These programs include courses in apparel design; accessory design; the design of men's, women's, and children's wear; flat pattern design; computer-assisted design and manufacturing; concept planning; designing in specific materials; labour and cost analysis; history of fashion; fabric art and printing; and the principles of management and operations in the fashion industry.

Institutions providing this program

DaVinci College of Art and Design NS Ltd.

1577 Barrington Street

Halifax, NS B3J 1Z7

(902) 429-1847

NSCAD University

5163 Duke Street

Halifax, NS B3J 3J6

(902) 444-9600

Fibre, textile and weaving arts

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by constructing art works from woven or non-woven fabrics and fibrous materials. These programs include courses in weaving techniques and loom operation; non-woven techniques such as knitting, coiling, netting, and crocheting; quilting; dyeing and pigmentation; printing and other finishing techniques; pattern design; tapestry; and personal style development.

Institutions providing this program

NSCAD University

5163 Duke Street

Halifax, NS B3J 3J6

(902) 444-9600

Metal and jewellery arts

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by fashioning art works from gems, other stones, and precious metals. These programs include courses in gemology; metalsmithing and finishing; stone cutting and polishing; metal and non-metal casting and moulding; electroforming; metal colouring; enamelling; photo etching; lapidary technique and art; design concepts; and personal style development.

Institutions providing this program

NSCAD University

5163 Duke Street

Halifax, NS B3J 3J6

(902) 444-9600

Theatre literature, history and criticism

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the study of the history, literature, theory, and analysis of written plays, theatrical productions, and theatre methods and organization. These programs include courses in historical method; critical theory; literary analysis; the study of themes and archetypes in dramatic literature; the history of acting, directing, and technical theatre; and the study of specific historical and cultural styles and traditions.

Institutions providing this program

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Theatre/theatre arts management

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply business management principles to the management of theatres and production corporations. These programs include courses in theatrical production, theatre design and planning, fund-raising and promotion, investment strategies, human resources management, theatre operations management, marketing, public relations, financial management and insurance, and applicable laws and regulations.

Institutions providing this program

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council
1113 Marginal Road
Halifax, NS B3H 4P7
Tel: (902) 423-3837
Fax: (902) 422-0881

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