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If you've got art and design skills, Production Art is the place for you. Learn how to combine your passion for film with your love for art through careers in set design, props management, and costuming.
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Art director creating a design in her office

Art Director

Art Directors oversee the building of sets and the creation of all show signage in line with the vision of the Production Designer. Learn More Avg. Salary: $74,292 Salary Range: $50K-$112K Alt Titles: Production Designer (On lower budget projects, these roles may be combined)
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Production Designer

The Production Designer manages the Art Department on a set and oversees the visuals of the film. They participate in location scouts and design sets. Learn More Avg. Salary: Salary Range: $450 - $2K a day Alt Titles: PD
Costume Designer sewing fabric on costume

Costume Designer

The Costume Designer creates costumes to tell a story about the characters. He or she is the artistic head for all costume based decisions on a film set. Learn More Avg. Salary: Salary Range: $3K - $12K per day on set Alt Titles: Head of Wardrobe
Set dresser decorating a kitchen set

Set Dresser

Set Dressers work on film sets to arrange set dressing items such as pictures and furniture before the camera. They may be responsible for the pickup, transport, and all organization of set dressing... Learn More Avg. Salary: $75,000 Salary Range: $30 - $35/hr Alt Titles: None
Set Decorator with his team at work in the background

Set Decorator

Set Decorators are in charge of populating sets with character and world-specific items on television series, feature films, commercials or short projects. Their remit is vast and includes light... Learn More Avg. Salary: $104,000 Salary Range: Alt Titles: Set Decoration
Film Prop Manager directing prop placement on set

Props Manager

The Props Manager acquires, organizes, and maintains all items that an Actor uses within a film. They source props from thrift shops and props houses. Learn More Avg. Salary: $59,000 Salary Range: Alt Titles: Props Master, Property Master, Props
Assistant Costume Designer holding up a garment to see if it fits an actress

Assistant Costume Designer

Assistant Costume Designers assist Costume Designers with all looks for Actors on set. They also plan, create, organize, and help maintain clothes on set. Learn More Avg. Salary: $25,000 to $100,000 Salary Range: $25,000 to $100,000 Alt Titles: Theatrical Designer
Film assistant prop master supervising set decoration

Assistant Prop Master

Assistant Property Masters assist the Prop Master with anything Actors handle on set. They ensure the correct props are prepared, are on hand for the shoot, and are archived once a scene is wrapped. Learn More Avg. Salary: $54,094 Salary Range: $31K-$64K Alt Titles: Assistant Property, Props, Assistant Propmaster, Assistant Propman, Prop Assistant
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