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CompGeo Art, Design, Drama and Musician Occupation Group Benchmark Job Descriptions
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Job Family: Artists
Benchmark Title: Art Directors
Art Directors formulate design concepts and presentation approaches, and direct workers engaged in art work, layout
design, and copy writing for visual communications media, such as magazines, books, newspapers, and packaging.
 
Benchmark Title: Artists and Related Workers
Artists create art to communicate ideas, thoughts, or feelings. They use a variety of methods—painting, sculpting, or
illustration—and an assortment of materials, including oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, pencils, pen and ink, plaster,
clay, and computers. Artists' works may be realistic, stylized, or abstract and may depict objects, people, nature, or events.
 
Benchmark Title: Choreographers
Choreographers create original dances and develop new interpretations of existing dances. Because few dance
routines are written down, choreographers instruct performers at rehearsals to achieve the desired effect. In
addition, choreographers often are involved in auditioning performers.
 
Benchmark Title: Dancers
Dancers perform in a variety of settings, such as musical productions, and may present folk, ethnic, tap, jazz, and
other popular kinds of dance. They also perform in opera, musical theater, television, movies, music videos, and
commercials, in which they also may sing and act. Dancers most often perform as part of a group, although a few top
artists perform solo.
 
Benchmark Title: Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance
Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance apply makeup to performers to reflect
period, setting, and situation of their role.
 
Benchmark Title: Models
Models pose for photos or as subjects for paintings or sculptures. They display clothing, such as dresses, coats,
underclothing, swimwear, and suits, for a variety of audiences and in various types of media. They model
accessories, such as handbags, shoes, and jewelry, and promote beauty products, including fragrances and cosmetics.
The most successful models, called supermodels, hold celebrity status and often use their image to sell products
such as books, calendars, and fitness videos. In addition to modeling, they may appear in movies and television
shows. ModelsÆ clients use printed publications, live modeling, and television to advertise and promote products
and services. There are different categories of modeling jobs within these media, and the nature of a modelÆs work
may vary with each.
 
Benchmark Title: Multi-Media Artsits and Animators
Multi-Media Artists and Animators create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video,
computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies,
music videos, and commercials.
 
 
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Benchmark Title: Music Directors and Composers
Music directors conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as
orchestras, choirs, and glee clubs. Conductors lead instrumental music groups, such as symphony orchestras, dance
bands, show bands, and various popular ensembles. These leaders audition and select musicians, choose the music
most appropriate for their talents and abilities, and direct rehearsals and performances. Choral directors lead
choirs and glee clubs, sometimes working with a band or an orchestra conductor. Directors audition and select
singers and lead them at rehearsals and performances in order to achieve harmony, rhythm, tempo, shading, and other
desired musical effects.
 
Benchmark Title: Musicians and Singers
Musicians often gain their reputation or professional standing in a particular kind of music or performance.
Instrumental musicians, for example, may play in a symphony orchestra, rock group, or jazz combo one night, appear
in another ensemble the next, and work in a studio band the following day. Some play a variety of string, brass,
woodwind, or percussion instruments or electronic synthesizers. Singers interpret music, using their knowledge of
voice production, melody, and harmony. They sing character parts or perform in their own individual style.
 
Benchmark Title: Photographers
Photographers produce and preserve images that paint a picture, tell a story or record an event. To create
commercial quality photographs, photographers need both technical expertise and creativity. Producing a successful
picture requires choosing and presenting a subject to achieve a particular effect, and selecting the appropriate
equipment. Photographers use either a traditional camera that records images on silver halide film that is
developed into prints or a digital camera that electronically records images. Using computers and specialized
software, photographers also can manipulate and enhance the scanned or digital image to create a desired effect.
Images can be stored on portable memory devices including compact disks (CDs) or on new types of smaller storage
devicess.
 
 
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Job Family: Designers
Benchmark Title: Commercial and Industrial Designers
Commercial and industrial designers develop countless manufactured products, including airplanes; cars; childrenÆs
toys; computer equipment; furniture; home appliances; and medical, office, and recreational equipment. Commercial
and industrial designers combine artistic talent with research on the use of a product, on customer needs, and on
marketing, materials, and production methods to create the most functional and appealing design that will be
competitive with others in the marketplace. Industrial designers typically concentrate in a subspecialty such as
kitchen appliances, auto interiors, or plastic-molding machinery.
 
Benchmark Title: Fashion Designers
Fashion designers design clothing and accessories. Some high-fashion designers are self-employed and design for
individual clients. Other high-fashion designers cater to specialty stores or high-fashion department stores. These
designers create original garments, as well as clothing that follows established fashion trends. Most fashion
designers, however, work for apparel manufacturers, creating designs of menÆs, womenÆs, and childrenÆs fashions for
the mass market.
 
Benchmark Title: Floral Designers
Floral designers cut and arrange live, dried, or artificial flowers and foliage into designs, according to the
customerÆs order. They design arrangements by trimming flowers and arranging bouquets, sprays, wreaths, dish
gardens, and terrariums. They may either meet with customers to discuss the arrangement or work from a written
order. Floral designers make note of the occasion, the customerÆs preference with regard to the color and type of
flower involved, the price of the completed order, the time at which the floral arrangement or plant is to be
ready, and the place to which it is to be delivered.
 
Benchmark Title: Graphic Designers
Graphic designers plan, analyze, and create visual solutions to communications problems. Graphic designers use a
variety of print, electronic, and film media and technologies to execute a design that meet clientsÆ communication
needs. Graphic designers consider cognitive, cultural, physical, and social factors in planning and executing
designs appropriate for a given context. Graphic designers use computer software to develop the overall layout and
production design of magazines, newspapers, journals, corporate reports, and other publications. They also produce
promotional displays and marketing brochures for products and services, design distinctive logos for products and
businesses, and develop signs and signage systems called environmental graphics for business and government. An
increasing number of graphic designers are developing material for Internet Web pages, computer interfaces, and
multimedia projects. Graphic designers also produce the credits that appear before and after television programs
and movies.
 
 
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Benchmark Title: Interior Designers
Interior designers enhance the function, safety, and quality of interior spaces of private homes, public buildings,
and business or institutional facilities, such as offices, restaurants, retail establishments, hospitals, hotels,
and theaters. They also plan the interiors of existing structures that are undergoing renovation or expansion. Most
interior designers specialize. For example, some may concentrate on residential design, while others focus on
business design. Still others may specialize further by focusing on particular rooms, such as kitchens or baths.
With a clientÆs tastes, needs, and budget in mind, interior designers prepare drawings and specifications for
non-load-bearing interior construction, furnishings, lighting, and finishes. Increasingly, designers are using
computers to plan layouts, because computers make it easy to change plans to include ideas received from the
client. Interior designers also design lighting and architectural detailsùsuch as crown molding, built-in
bookshelves, or cabinetsùcoordinate colors, and select furniture, floor coverings, and window treatments. Interior
designers must design space to conform to Federal, State, and local laws, including building codes. Designs for
public areas also must meet accessibility standards for the disabled and the elderly.
 
Benchmark Title: Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers
Merchandise displayers and window dressers, or visual merchandisers, plan and erect commercial displays, such as
those in windows and interiors of retail stores or at trade exhibitions. Those who work on building exteriors erect
major store decorations, including building and window displays and lights. Those who design store interiors outfit
store departments, arrange table displays, and dress mannequins. In large retail chains, store layouts typically
are designed corporately, through a central design department. To retain the chainÆs visual identity and ensure
that a particular image or theme is promoted in each store, designs are distributed to individual stores by e-mail,
downloaded to computers equipped with the appropriate design software, and adapted to meet the size and dimension
requirements of each individual store.
 
Benchmark Title: Set and Exhibit Designers
Set and exhibit designers create sets for movie, television, and theater productions and design special exhibition
displays. Set designers study scripts, confer with directors and other designers, and conduct research to determine
the historical period, fashion, and architectural styles appropriate for the production on which they work. They
then produce sketches or scale models to guide in the construction of the actual sets or exhibit spaces. Exhibit
designers work with curators, art and museum directors, and trade-show sponsors to determine the most effective use
of available space.
 
 
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Job Family: Entertainment
Benchmark Title: Actors
Actors play parts in stage, television, radio, video, or motion picture productions for entertainment, information,
or instruction. Interpret serious or comic role by speech, gesture, and body movement to entertain or inform
audience. May dance and sing.
 
Benchmark Title: Producers and Directors
Producers and Directors produce or direct stage, television, radio, video, or motion picture productions for
entertainment, information, or instruction. Responsible for creative decisions, such as interpretation of script,
choice of guests, set design, sound, special effects, and choreography.
 
 
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