Set Design is known to be a subfield of theater or stagecraft and it majorly covers how to design and build sets for theater, television shows and movies. There are variations in the specific educational requirements to become a set designer. It is possible to have an undergraduate degree in theater or fine arts or to complete an apprenticeship as a carpenter because carpenters and artists have skills that are needed to be a set designer. While pursuing a degree in the theater, it is really possible to focus on set design that will help in developing the practical skills that are needed for this career field.
Set designers work in creative industries like film and television studios, and on-location on sets. They often work long hours; their schedule is highly hectic and may be required on set late at night, early in the morning, or on weekends and public holidays. Their work sometimes requires heavy lifting or the construction of large objects such as set walls, doors or furniture. They may be required to travel locally, interstate or internationally to construct and design sets.
Samir Chanda, a well-known production designer and art director in Mumbai, has worked on phenomenal films like Ghajini, Omkara, Rang De Basanti and Makdee.
Pune architect Dheeraj Akolkar, the man behind the sets of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, has also had a major share in designing for Devdas. He worked under art director Nitin Desai for that film, creating the havelis of Devdas, Chandramukhi and Paro. For Paro’s haveli, Akolkar decided to use a lot of glass — the work was so strenuous that one day he worked non-stop for 10 hours and collapsed on the sets.