Scenic design (also known as scenography, stage design, set design or production design) is the creation of theatrical, as well as film or television scenery. Scenic designers come from a variety of artistic backgrounds, but in recent years, are mostly trained professionals, holding a B.F.A. or M.F.A. degrees in theater arts. Scenic designers design sets and scenery that aim to fully immerse the viewer in the production.
Alan Bower If you can get past those annoying pop-up ads on free websites, then there’s some interesting designs here.
Andrew Hammer Several design illustrations and photographs.
April Soroko Interesting collection of set designs.
Austin Chronicle Interview with a set designer.
Bob Dickason Australian designer with an excellent website detailing his work using computers for design.
Brian Marshall Toy set model sets.
Colin Winslow Scenic designs for the theatre.
Chelsea M Warren Chicago-based set designer with a very good online portfolio of work.
David Dwyer Various scenic designs.
Digital Set Design Interesting site with examples of computer-aided set designs.
Edward Leahy Gallery of high school production set designs.
Fred Meller Excellent set designs for the theatre.
Gregg Hillmar Designs Worthwhile set design gallery.
Insight Design Excellent thumbnail gallery of set designs.
Ivan Sevastyanov Gallery of Russian ballet set designs.
J. Michael Griggs Useful collection of set design images.
Jarrod Bray Theatre set designer with online portfolio.
Jason Ardizzone-West A series of beautiful set designs for the theatre.
Jeremy Kumin Series of thumbnails set designs.
Jim Bazewicz Various set design images.
John Ares Set design gallery.
Kate Allenby Great website with renderings, work-in-progress photos and final images of excellent costume and set designs.
Kevin Lee Allen Design Set designs for theatre, television, film and more.
Kris Stone Wonderful set designs for several theatre shows.
Leonard Harman Thumbnail set designs.
Michael Schweikardt Excellent portfolio of set design.
Northwestern University Early 20th century Russian stage designers.
Open Stages Computer-aided model set software.
Rankin Designs Thumbnail set design images for various productions.
Richard Finkelstein Comprehensive set design website.
Ruth Neeman Excellent set designs with thumbnails.
Society of British Theatre Designers Excellent website with several galleries of wonderful set designs.
Stefan Depner Set design image gallery with several conceptual renderings.
State University of New York Geneseo Very good three-part lecture notes by Melanie Blood on the set designer’s tools and processes. Includes discussion on the historical conventions of theatre set design.
State University of New York Geneseo Useful multi-part lecture notes on various theatre spaces used thoughout the history of theatre, including the proscenium arch, thrust and arena stages.
Steven Gilliam Dozens of excellent photos and set design drawings.
Stuart Marshall Excellent set design images for various shows.
The Path Useful collection of set design images.
Wake Forest University How to make model sets with computers at the Computers Scenograhics Studio.