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Exhibition and Experience Design

To be an exhibition experience designer is to be a storyteller

In the Master of Arts program in Exhibition and Experience Design, 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 is designed for candidates with professional experience as well as for recent graduates. (Students can also choose to take courses on a part-time basis) 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. You will participate in a variety of Master Classes and Workshops in professional practices within the Exhibition and Experiential Design industry. You can also choose to obtain a certification in design project management and business development.

Students execute multiple full-scale projects, working with professionals in actual venues through The Design Partnership. You will also complete an independent, interdisciplinary qualifying academic design project in your final semester. You will graduate prepared for a variety of careers with exhibition design and production firms, museums, corporations, and public venues. 

Is this program right for you?

  • Do you want to live, work and study in the most active and diverse international center of the exhibitions profession?
  • Would you enjoy designing projects and engaging in cutting-edge research with some of the world's leading exhibition and experience design professionals, institutions, firms and industry leaders?
  • Are you interested in engaging with the full spectrum of exhibition and experience design for clients in commercial venues, museums and nonprofits, cultural and interpretive sites, retail, pop-ups and unconventional experimental environments?
  • Can you see yourself traveling domestically and internationally as part of your coursework to increase your professional network and broaden your skill set?
  • Is working side-by-side with other students from countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, the Middle East and North America appealing to you?

  • Do you want your faculty to be active working professionals bringing real-life design challenges into your classes?

  • Join us!

  • FIT offers the leading graduate-level program in Exhibition and Experience Design.
  • Design experts participate in class presentations, lectures, studio projects, and host off-site trips.
  • Close collaboration with leading industry organizations such as the Exhibition Designers and Producers Association (EDPA) and the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) provides extensive internship and networking opportunities.
  • Students have won national and international competitions sponsored by Elizabeth Arden, Procedes Chenel, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the Museum of American Finance, New-York Historical Society, Wildlife Conservation Society, MG Design, Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) and the New York Botanical Gardens.