Dress sets for productions

Business Sectors (Suites): Props for Productions
Developed by: ScreenSkills
Approved on: 30 Mar 2022


​This standard is about understanding the technical requirements of dressing set regarding their case of use and safety for the shooting crew.

This standard is about interpreting the designers' set plan sketches and instructions. You will be required to plan for crew, materials, tools, equipment, and cost.

This standard may be suitable for Set decorators.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. ​interpret the designers' or others' set plan sketches or verbal ideas and instructions
  2. co-ordinate a team of dailies to run a set or location
  3. unpack and check all props received from props houses against the props list
  4. report any discrepancies to the appropriate people and secure replacements where props are missing or not suitable for use
  5. provide estimates of set dressing costs to the production designer or head of department
  6. source crew, tools, and materials to meet the design requirements of the production
  7. provide and store the required tools for set dressing
  8. use and maintain the required tools for set dressing
  9. use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required
  10. identify any specialist equipment that may be needed for dressing the set
  11. confirm that equipment has been tested and that operators are qualified to use them
  12. dress the set following production requirements and deadlines
  13. distress, age or otherwise adapt props as required
  14. secure fixings to a variety of surfaces
  15. carry out maintenance and repairs when required

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. the requirements of the production schedule
  2. how to liaise with members of other departments, and interpret their requirements
  3. how to use a variety of tools and materials safely following manufacturers' instructions
  4. the characteristics and requirements of various tools, including power tools, saws
  5. the characteristics of various substances, including glues and paints

  6. safe fixing methods onto or into various surfaces, including picture hanging with minimal damage to the location

  7. how to identify which props may need distressing, ageing or otherwise adapting according to script requirements
  8. when to seek specialist advice in the safe use of electrical equipment 
  9. what voltage is available on the set or location
  10. permits that may be required such as Hot Work permit
  11. what Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and clothing is required
  12. working at height regulations
  13. when specialist skills such as gardening or welding are required
  14. the health and safety legislation, regulations, and protocols for the production


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

30 Mar 2026





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Relevant Occupations

Arts, Media and Publishing, Crafts, Creative Arts and Design, Media and Communication, Media Associate Professionals, Performing Arts

SOC Code



props; dress sets; interpret plans; materials and costs; production requirements; tools;