Scenic Arts Supervisor

Manage activities of artists who paint layouts of scenery and backdrops.
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Salary Range
$26,000 – $84,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Scenic Arts Supervisors do?

Creates layouts of scenery and backdrops for motion picture and television sets according to instructions, and supervises and coordinates activities of artists who paint them: Confers with ART DIRECTOR 142.061-062 regarding details of background against which action is to be photographed. Directs preparation of sketches and designs or assigns work based on illustrations received from ART DIRECTOR. Computes amount of surface to be covered by specific color scheme in proportion to its application in scene. Requisitions paint and materials. Estimates costs of paints and other materials, using price lists and records of previous productions, to prepare budget. Estimates number of workers and time required to complete project. May prepare sketches or work drawings, including coloring details of scenery.


Should I be a Scenic Arts Supervisor?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Outside the Box Thinker: Your creative brainpower gets a workout as you come up with innovative ideas.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Show Design Supervisor, Supervisor, Scenic Arts, Television Scenic Design Supervisor

    How to become a Scenic Arts Supervisor

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