Set Design

Set design is a professional career in subfield of theater or stagecraft. It is managing, designing and build sets for theater, television, shows and movies.

Career Options

  • - Art Director - Carpenter - Artist

Educational Qualifications

  • 10+2

Personal Skills

  • - Imagination
  • creativity and the ability to present ideas to others. - The ability to communicate ideas through technical drawing and model making. - Excellent visual awareness and spatial design skills. - A good working knowledge of the visual arts and production processes. - An understanding of technical processes such as camera and lighting. - Good communication
  • presentation and networking skills. - The ability to work with others
  • at all levels
  • as part of a team. - Ability to solve problems
  • be resourceful and adaptable
  • and work to deadlines. - Excellent leadership and motivation skills. - Perseverance and patience
  • particularly when looking for work. - Drawing board and/or computer-aided design (CAD) skills. - Knowledge of relevant health and safety regulations.

Courses to be pursued

  • Bachelor's degree in Set design
  • scenic design
  • theater

Top Colleges

  • Indian Institute of Design Address: 6-A, 3rd Floor, Indian Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, Lodhi Estate, Delhi 110003 Phone: 011 2469 2846 Website:
  • National Institute of Fashion Technology Address: NIFT Campus, Hauz Khas, Near Gulmohar Park, New Delhi 110 016 Phone: +91-11-26867704, 26542148 Website:

Working Conditions

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.

Top Companies

  • Dharma Productions Address: 201 & 202, 2nd Floor, Supreme Chambers, Off Veera Desai Road, 17/18 Shah Industrial Estate, Andheri (W), Mumbai 400053 Phone: 022 6179 0100 Website:
  • UTV Motion Pictures Address: UTV Software Communications Ltd. Building no. 11, 1st floor, solitaire corporate Park, Guru Hargovindji Marg, Chakala, Andheri (E), Mumbai 400093 Phone: +91 22 40981400 Website:

Successful Persons

Samir Chanda

Samir Chanda is a popular production designer and art director in Mumbai. He has worked on films like Ghajini, Omkara, Rang De Basanti and Makdee.

Dheeraj Akolkar

Pune architect Dheeraj Akolkar is the man behind the sets of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. He also had a major share in designing for Devdas. He also worked under art director Nitin Desai for Devdas. He created the havelis of Devdas, Chandramukhi and Paro. For Paro’s haveli, Akolkar decided to use a lot of glass.

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