Profession miniature set designer

Miniature set designers design and build miniature props and sets of motion pictures. They build models used for visual effects that meet the look and requirements of the production Miniature set designers cut material using hand tools to construct three-dimensional props and sets.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Enterprising
  • Artistic / Realistic


  • Graphic design

    The techniques to create a visual representation of ideas and messages.

  • Cinematography

    The science of recording light and electromagnetic radiation in order to create a motion picture. The recording can happen electronically with an image sensor or chemically on light sensitive materials such as film stock.

  • Health and safety regulations

    Necessary health, safety, hygiene and environmental standards and legislation rules in the sector of particular activity.


  • Model sets

    Produce plans, drawings and models of sets.

  • Change over props

    Set, remove, or move props on a stage during a changeover.

  • Use personal protection equipment

    Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.

  • Consult with production director

    Consult with the director, producer and clients throughout the production and post-production process.

  • Design miniature props

    Draw miniature prop sketches and define prop materials and building methods.

  • Preset props

    Arrange props on the stage in preparation of a performance.

  • Build miniature props

    Build miniature props from a variety of materials, working with the design staff to create the appropriate prop for the production.

  • Finish project within budget

    Make sure to stay within budget. Adapt work and materials to budget.

  • Work ergonomically

    Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.

  • Design miniature sets

    Draw miniature set sketches and define set materials and building methods.

  • Build miniature sets

    Build miniature sets from a variety of materials, working with the design staff to create the appropriate prop for the production.

  • Create set models

    Create three-dimensional models of the envisioned set layout.

  • Follow work schedule

    Manage the sequence of activities in order to deliver completed work on agreed deadlines by following a work schedule.

  • Preset miniature sets

    Arrange miniature sets in preparation of shooting.

Optional knowledge and skills

adapt props ensure visual quality of the set work with the camera crew adapt sets analyse a script prevent technical problems with scenic elements translate artistic concepts to technical designs analyse the need for technical resources work with the lighting crew ensure safety of mobile electrical systems photography manage consumables stock hand props to actors work safely with machines lighting techniques draw up artistic production work safely with chemicals manage supplies attend rehearsals work with the director of photography work safely with pyrotechnical materials in a performance environment film production process