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Course Descriptions

ED 521
The Museumís Role: Museums & Permanent Exhibits

Explores the history of the museum and its role in modern society. Students will work with exhibit designers and other museum professionals to examine the effects of technology, special interests, nationalism, scientific advancement, nostalgia, and entertainment on both temporary and permanent installations. The role of governmental, private, corporate, art, science, and historical museums is reviewed, along with the educational mission of the institution. 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 532
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 543
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 551
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 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 583
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 591
Exhibition Design Thesis: Directed Research
Development of the individual's thesis program, including the identification of design criteria and appropriate research methods for data analysis. Graphic design content and visual imagery are emphasized. Critiques and guidance provided by both faculty and exhibition design professionals. 3 credits

ED 592
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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