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ED 523 
Exhibition Design for the Museum Setting

This studio-based course explores the great diversity of museum exhibitions including permanent, pop-up, traveling, virtual and collections-based, and the myriad types of museums including art, historic, children’s, science, halls of fame, zoos, botanic gardens, religious and memorials. This course incorporates multiple applied projects featuring a complete exhibition concept design program for a museum client. 3 credits

ED 531
Presentation Techniques

Introduces the planning and design of professional presentations, including drawings, digital images, and boards. Quick and formal sketch techniques, as well as appropriate materials, are reviewed. This course functions in an interdisciplinary manner with ED 542. 3 credits

ED 632
Advanced Presentation Techniques

Covers digital enhancement of manual sketches, portfolio development, and the design, style, layout, content, labeling, and material for each individual's thesis project. 3 credits

ED 541
Introduction to Exhibition Design Graphics

Introduces the principles and history of graphic design. Develops a working knowledge of the complementary role graphics plays in exhibit design, as well as an understanding of typographic style, image concept, theme response, brand identity issues, and product graphic requirements. This course will function in an interdisciplinary manner ED 582. 1.5 credits

ED 542
Exhibition Design Graphics I

Prerequisite: ED 541
Explores graphic design communication system, including graphic identity and program development. Imagery and typographic solutions, with an emphasis on two- and three- dimensional design development, are covered. Guest lecturers and site visits included. This course functions in an interdisciplinary manner with ED 582. 3 credits

ED 643
Exhibition Design Graphics II
Focuses on the development of the interactive components and graphic elements, specifically all collateral and print items, for each individual's thesis project. Covers the graphics requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This course functions in an interdisciplinary manner with ED 532, ED 551, and ED 583. 3 credits

ED 651
The Exhibition Model
Focuses on the construction of three-dimensional exhibition models, and the role these models play in communicating exhibition design concepts. Students develop projects from initial visits to finished presentation pieces. Includes lectures, industry presentations, and site visits to professional model-making facilities. 3 credits

ED 571
Illuminating the Exhibition Experience
Introduces the role of light in exhibition design in the conversation and interpretation of objects. Topics include illumination of art and text; the relationship between illumination, color, and human response; light as a facilitator of visual communication, merchandising, and education; and light in theatric and thematic exhibition experiences. Illumination methods and the needs of museums, galleries, and trade shows are explored. Assigned reading, demonstrations, guest lectures, and hands-on experience are included. 3 credits

ED 572
Exhibition Design Historical Perspectives and History

This studio-based course explores the history, theory and practice of exhibition design. Through presentations, studio design work, and visits to design firms, museums, public and corporate venues, the class will examine key events and issues. Emphasis will be placed on how exhibitions are not simply physical entities, but sites of knowledge production, the arbiters of fact and content authority, and the profession within which extraordinary gains are being made in design innovation. 3 credits

ED 573
International Professional Practices Seminar

An elective seminar featuring domestic and overseas sessions directly with industry partners, that enables exhibition design students to learn and apply fundamental and state of the art business practices. Via panel discussions, presentations, industry-led tours, and studio work, students will delve into current marketing, management and vendor relationship issues impacting the world of exhibitions and project management. 3 credits

ED 581
Introduction to the Exhibition Design Studio
Addresses the three-dimensional challenges face by exhibition designers. Topics include space design; conceptual development of a thematic approach; and creation of a presentation system for products, artifacts, or artwork. Guest lecturers include exhibit designers, producers, and historians. Site visits incorporated when possible. All student projects must meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. This course functions in an interdisciplinary manner with ED 541. 1.5 credits

ED 582
Exhibition and Planning Design Studio I
Develops an understanding of small- and large-scale projects. Three assignments drawn from such exhibition venues as galleries, museums, trade shows, symposia, and traveling exhibitions are required. Students develop exhibition-design programs that include research, programming, space planning, lighting, graphics, audiovisual components, electronic media, and proposal/presentation development. This course functions in an interdisciplinary manner with ED 531, ED 542, and ED 571. 3 credits

ED 683
Exhibition and Planning Design Studio II
Students continue to develop thesis design projects, focusing on theme development, the visitor experience, exhibit narrative, and spatial analysis. Projects must incorporate interactive and audiovisual technologies, lighting design, and a strong graphics communication system. Each thesis project is linked to ED 532, ED 543, and ED 551. Culminates with a presentation to both faculty and industry professionals. 3 credits

ED 584
Exhibition Development and Evaluation

Studio-based course introduces students to exhibition design development processes and the variations in practice across different venues. Brainstorming and ideation techniques will be exercised, and key phases and deliverables will be explored. The role that exhibition evaluation plays within the exhibition development and design process will be introduced and applied, including Front-End, Formative and Summative. 3 credits

ED 691
Capstone Project Development & Qualifying Paper
This Capstone level course is a continuation of ED591.59A Exhibition Design Thesis: Directed Research, with co-requisite courses ED643.501 Exhibition Design Graphics ll, ED651.501 The Exhibition Model, and ED632.59A Advanced Presentation Techniques. Students will develop the foundation of their final capstone exhibition design project and complete a graduate level thesis qualifying paper. 3 credits

IC 592
Internship Elective
Supervised field work experience with designers and exhibition producers in museums, interpretative centers, and professional design offices. Completed individually for a minimum of 240 hours. All internships must be approved by the department chairperson and satisfy department guidelines. 3 credits


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