Exhibition and Experience Design
Exhibitions are intellectually, emotionally, and physically meaningful experiences driven by visitors. In FIT’s Exhibition and Experience Design Master of Arts degree program, students are explorers and inventors, employing a range of media to tell stories.
Drawing on myriad disciplines, you will explore the methods, techniques, and technologies needed to create experiences in any venue — from museums to trade shows to public spaces.
Experience and Exhibition Design MA
The curriculum, a blend of field and studio work, focuses on designing narrative environments rooted in human psychology. Students explore every type of designed experience, including museums, pop-ups, and interactive digital spaces, and develop skills in concept development, environmental design, graphics, lighting, and model making. Working closely with industry partners, students embark on real-world projects and studio-based competitions with local and international firms, museums, and public facilities. The program culminates with a thesis project that draws on critical research. While the program can be taken on a part-time basis, the final semester must be full-time.
How You’ll Benefit From FIT
Take advantage of FIT’s emerging tech lab, PrintFX, and the Writing and Speaking Studio. Sharpen your skills and implement exhibition experiences and narratives with AR/VR, virtual walkthrough software, animation, and more.
Access to Experts and Industry Leaders
Through class presentations, lectures, studio projects, and off-site trips, you’ll gain access to experts in the field, and collaborate with leading industry organizations such as the Exhibition Designers and Producers Association (EDPA) and the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD). You’ll execute multiple full-scale projects, working with professionals in actual venues through The Design Partnership.
Our students have won national and international competitions sponsored by a variety of institutions and industry partners such as The Smithsonian Institution, SONY, New York Botanical Garden, Wildlife Conservation Society, American Museum of Natural History, EuroShop and more. More about our awards and news coverage.
Inform, entertain, and inspire through environmental experiences.
Make an experience that moves … Graduate with the confidence and skills to help shape the creative economy by creating unique and provoking exhibitions.
Outside the Classroom
Our curricula, New York City location, and global network of advisors offer exceptional opportunities to forge strong bonds with leaders in the field.
Learn From the Best
Lyons is an associate professor and the chair of the Exhibition and Experience Design department. She evolves curriculum, supports students and faculty, and facilitates industry partnerships. She was previously the director of the graphic design department at Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership and a senior designer at Poulin + Morris. She has worked on numerous exhibition and experience design projects domestically and globally. Full bio.
Cowan is a professor of Exhibition and Experience Design, where she supports the ongoing evolution of the MA program’s core curriculum, direction of academic and design instruction, and facilitation of the program’s relationship with the profession.