FIT Graduate Exhibition & Experience Design

It’s experiential work. You’re
teaching people. It’s technology.
You need to be able to tell a story where that client is so engaged that they don’t want you to stop telling that story. It’s sound and touch and smell and
environment and collections and media
creating unique visitor experiences to to not only educate them but entertain them. A combination of all of the creative arts. We are a three semester studio based
program with a curriculum that encompasses all aspects of exhibition
and experience design. Starting with a very strong base in the creation of
exhibitions through research, concept development and storytelling. Students
learn tools and techniques for how to shape spaces with powerful and
meaningful narratives that resonate through every step of the exhibition
experience. Students learn environmental graphics, typography, lighting design, model making, project management and business development skills. Then
students are able to take all of these different skills and apply them to
many different types of exhibition experiences. This including all types of museums, retail
spaces, corporate, venues, tradeshows, pop-up exterior experiences. In addition students are learning about audiences and the psychology behind their motivations. This is all to ensure we are creating designed experiences that have
the power to move people to inspire people and even in some cases be a catalyst for change. One of the things that we love
about this program is that it is one of the programs that uses real-life
situations. It exposes the students to clients that
we work with on a daily basis. You never know we’re really inspiring
ideas are going to come from but you know that they’re gonna be lots of them
here at the graduate program. I t gives you an overview but it also goes in to specifics like with lighting design and communicating your ideas so it’s like a very complete program allows students The program allows students to work beyond the studio on real-world projects with leading institutions, firms and museums both here in New York City and all around the world. we have called the university affiliations program. I’ve been asked to come up every year and give a lecture on the history of museums and exhibitions. I have advised them on the development of a convergence lab that they’re developing. Every now and then I get asked to come
as a guest lecturer and talk to the students about creating these temporary environments. A hallmark of the program is our annual
cases capstone event the judges are such an exciting part of the day we’ll have
between 45 and 65 professionals who will come from all of the different types of
venues within the industry all over the world to spend the whole day with us to
circulate and adjudicate all of the students and all of their work. The projects that I’ve seen today at capstone have been really amazing. The student must bring forth his knowledge his ability his creativity and presented
to a group of people and I think capstone really does it well. The student body that comes to work with us here is highly diverse and in many many different ways there are very
specific requirements you have to draft and work and Creative Suite and things
of that sort with this great range of professional
backgrounds education with solid technical design skills and who truly
represent global perspectives and global points of view on exhibitions and on how
to convey stories messages content to visitors. We have a number of students
that go into a wide variety of museum settings not-for-profit settings as well
as cultural institutions institutions that very much so discuss history, a wide
variety of corporate settings so we’ll have students that go to the large trade
show firms places that are visitor centers or education centers, there are students who are designing retail, doing visual merchandising, students who are generating showrooms. We are very proud of our alumni. Our alumni are extremely successful after graduation students are positioned to truly be the leaders and the innovators in the industry. Quite a number of students from this course have been interns in our museum and have gone on to do wonderful things in the field. We have hired one of the graduates of the program to come and join and be part of
our team. The successful student is somebody who
sees themselves as a steward of the profession and somebody who is a
caretaker and somebody who understands that their role within exhibition design
is to move forward the relationship that people can have and should have with
interpretive environments. They are communicators truly grand-scale.

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