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



Designers in this unit 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; 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.

Designers may advance to supervisory and management positions.

Main Duties

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

Employment Requirements

  • A university degree in fine arts or visual arts with specialization in theatre design, clothing design or exhibit design
    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.

All Titles

  • assistant costume designer
  • clothing designer
  • costume designer
  • costume designer – exhibits and theatre
  • couturier – haute couture
  • crest designer
  • designer – theatre
  • designer, clothing
  • designer, displays
  • designer, exhibits
  • designer, museum
  • designer, textile
  • 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
  • flower 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
  • supervisor, display design
  • 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


  • Diorama makers – museums and galleries (See 5212 Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries)
  • Graphic designers and illustrators (5241)
  • Industrial designers (2252)
  • Interior designers and interior decorators (5242)
  • Patternmakers – textile, leather and fur products (5245)
  • Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners (6342)


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