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To be an exhibition designer is to be a storyteller.
Exhibition design is a communicative design profession driven by an understanding that it is by nature, a public medium embodying informational experiences created for and driven by audiences. Exhibition design education should be comprehensive, incorporating myriad design disciplines and the cultivation of conceptual thinking. It is a forum for research and experimentation where students are inventors, maximizing advancements in convergent media and storytelling methodologies to truly unique ends. Within the educational process, students will develop a creative logic that includes the ability to plan, generate a tangible construct for interpretation, and implement the technical design process with an original voice. With a foundation built upon field and studio work, critical research and thesis construction, students of higher education in exhibition design should conclude their educational experience as leaders, the bearers of great vocational achievement who see themselves as stewards of the profession.
In the Master of Arts program in Exhibition Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, you will learn to create environmental experiences that inform, entertain, and inspire. You will focus on the designers role and relationship to other members of the exhibition team while considering the exhibition experience from the perspectives of communication, design, and fabrication.
This intensive three-semester program at the Fashion Institute of Technology is designed for candidates with professional experience as well as for recent graduates. Drawing on a range of disciplines including interior design, graphic design, industrial design, exhibit production, architecture, and lighting, you will explore the methods, techniques, and technologies needed to create exhibitions for a variety of venues, from museums to trade shows to public spaces.
A faculty of exhibition experience designers, content developers, graphic and lighting designers, and design historians offer current industry expertise. Courses blend classroom study, guest lectures, site visits, and hands-on experience. You will learn to plan and design professional presentations, master a variety of design techniques and computer applications, and construct three-dimensional models.
Students execute full-scale projects, working with professionals in actual venues. You will also complete an independent, interdisciplinary qualifying academic design project in your final semester. You will graduate the Fashion Institute of Technology prepared for a variety of careers with exhibition design and production firms, museums, corporations, and public venues.
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