Show Set Designer - Attractions, Rides and Shows

Orlando, Florida
Jan 11, 2019
Mar 12, 2019

Universal Creative is the planning and development division of Universal Parks and Resorts, which is one of the many businesses within NBCUniversal. We are ideally situated in Orlando, Florida, which has become widely known as the theme park and resort capital of the world. We are responsible for the design, development, and delivery of all resort and theme park concepts for all of Universal vacation destinations worldwide Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Japan, Universal Studios Singapore, as well as a new destination coming in Beijing, China. Join us if you want to collaborate, innovate, develop, and deliver the most compelling entertainment experiences imaginable that drive growth for the Universal brand around the world.

What sets Universal Creative apart?

We rarely wear suits. We think pop culture is fascinating and newsworthy. We are aware that possibilities are not limited by todays realities. We know that everyone has good ideas (and the occasional bad one as well). We know that the world is large and varied, and that we touch all of it. We know that most high school guidance counselors dont know our jobs exist. We know that if this were easy, everyone would be doing it. We know that there is an eclectic assortment of talented people from various professional backgrounds at the heart of Universal Creative. In addition, we embrace the power of cultural diversity and inclusion and continuously strive to maintain a team that is a reflection of our global audience. We are a diverse group, but united by a common goal: to dream and deliver the best possible out-of-home entertainment for people from every walk of life. In order to make that happen, Universal Creative relies on collaboration, hard work, synchronicity, a bit of luck, and a bunch of talented, experienced people who do not let ego and turf stand in the way of brilliance. We depend on a team of people who understand the task, the business implications, and refuse to be defeated by the challenge to fuse fantasy with physics. Universal Creative embraces The Universal Way by not just meeting guest expectations, but exceeding them, every time.

JOB SUMMARY: Be a part of creating a new world by sharing your talents with our worldwide audience. Using a variety of techniques and tools, youll work with the lead Designer, Creative Director or Show Producer in the development of our dynamic shows, facilities and overall creative environment. The creative, illustrative and artistic ability you display brings the entire drawing package to life for our guests. The show would not go on without your expertise in the development of scaled models, drawing, drafting techniques and tools (e.g. AutoCAD, ADOBE Graphics software, 3D software, etc.). Project management, budgets and interacting with other disciplines are a way of life and easy for you to handle.


  • As directed by the Show Producer, Creative Director, or the Production Designer, organizes and manages the development, organization and assembly of an overall show, high quality show set design package. The show set package articulates the Projects creative design intent and details the various show elements of an attraction, such as scenery, special effects, show action equipment, animated figures, props, animated props, audio equipment, lighting equipment and more.
  • Organizes and manages in-house and external design resources. With the Show Producer, identifies talent and resources and requirements necessary to complete the project.
  • During design, participates in design, cost, schedule and technical reviews. Responsible for developing creative design, color boards, sketching, drafting, and models and other creative output that outline solutions to integrate elements into a themed environment. Evaluates sightlines, visual intrusion and concealment of non-theatrical equipment within an on-stage environment.
  • During construction, oversees contractors, develops in-field solutions and follow-up documentation. Ensures project completion of documentation of art and finish specifications, materials specification and design drawings.
  • Establishes, builds, and maintains positive and productive team relationships based on open communication, trust and teamwork with project partners, departments, disciplines, and personnel. Communicates, inspires, and maintains project intent among all team-members.
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of presentations and presentation artwork outlining creative goals and intent to gain internal and external approvals.[

QUALIFICATIONS: Must be a creative thinker and problem solver with strong technical ability with various design techniques/tools such as show set / scenic design and drafting, 3D modeling, architectural design, and/or others. Must have strong communication and collaboration skills and ability to work effectively in a team environment.

EDUCATION: Associates degree (AA) required. Bachelors degree in Architecture, Fine Arts, Design, Theater, Graphics or Computer Technology or degree in other related field is preferred.


  • Must be proficient in AutoCAD.
  • 3-4 Years experience within an attraction development environment is required.
  • 5+ Years experience within an attraction development environment is preferred.
  • Must have successfully designed, developed and assembled several project show set design packages or have themed design experience as an architect.

Your talent, skills and experience will be rewarded with a competitive compensation package.

Universal is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Universal Parks & Resorts via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written Statement of Work in place for this position from Universal Parks & Resorts HR/Recruitment will be deemed the sole property of Universal Parks & Resorts. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Universal Parks & Resorts as a result of the referral or through other means.


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