Scenic artist apprenticeship

Use the scenic art requirements of the designer to translate their vision into the reality of what the audience sees

Scenic artists work in in theatres, animation, TV, film and can also undertake work to develop exhibitions, support festivals and immersive theatre events, work for interior decorators, theme parks and site-specific events. The broad purpose of the job is to discuss the scenic art requirements with the designer and then translate their vision into the reality of what the audience sees. These discussions may also include health, safety and environmental considerations, schedule, budget, and practical issues e.g. touring. In film and TV productions, you’ll play a vital role in determining the look of the production; responsible for building, painting and plastering sets for productions. You’ll use a wide variety of equipment such as drawing materials, power tools and paintbrushes and may be required to manoeuvre heavy objects, and work at height.


Duration: 21 months

Relevant school subjects: Art and DT

Entry requirements for scenic artist apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £23,000

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