Graduate Certificate in Exhibit Design
The Exhibit Design Graduate Certificate Program provides working professionals in museum exhibit design, architecture, interior design, or production design with the tools to meet the increasing demand for dynamic, sophisticated exhibits by museums, trade shows, and other entities. The 18-credit program offers a comprehensive approach to learning that combines three disciplines: museum studies, interior design, and theatre and dance.
The Exhibit Design Certificate Program at GW provides working professionals training in critical design and logistical skills to effectively produce dynamic exhibits. This unique program brings together three disciplines:
- Museum Studies provides the programmatic backbone to the exhibit development process, including the exhibit narrative and the practical heirarchy of the design development collaboration.
- Interior Design supports the design process with an aesthetic as well as a practical understanding of ergonomic, architectural, and ADA considerations.
- Theater & Dance supports the exhibit process with a design approach that emphasizes visual narrative development and effective understanding of the collaborative process.
The faculty is comprised of talented scholars and practicing professionals, including Carl Gudenius, director of this new certificate program, co-chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance, and principal designer of Design Concept Presentations; Kym Rice, director of the Museum Studies Program and award-winning exhibition developer and curator; and Stephanie Travis, director of the Interior Design Program and former senior architectural designer for acclaimed design firm Vicente Wolf Associates, Inc. in New York City.
The program is geared for working professionals holding undergraduate degrees in interior or architectural design, museum studies, art, or theatre. Admission into the program will also be based on a strong understanding of design aesthetics and practical skills to develop and execute visual designs. In addition, the applicant must meet the University's entrance requirements for certificate candidates.
- New students: Apply online (current GWU students contact Carl Gudenius at email@example.com for application instructions)
- Submit a portfolio (or statement of experience) to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Current Museum Studies, Theater & Dance, and Interior Design students: No need to apply online but students must submit a portfolio (or statement of experience) and a resume to email@example.com
- Questions? Contact Carl Gudenius at firstname.lastname@example.org
Portfolio may also be sent by regular mail to:
800 21st Street, NW Suite 227
Washington, DC 20052
- 3 credits in Museum Exhibition: Design Processes
- 3 credits in Projects in Exhibition Design (a capstone course)
- 12 credits of electives from each department--Interior Design, Museum Studies, and Theater & Dance--plus an additional elective as appropriate
Sampling of Electives
INTD 6111 Advanced Drafting and Materials
INTD 6112 Presentation Techniques
INTD 6113 Computer Aided Drafting
INTD 6133 Textiles and Finish Materials
INTD 6141 Color Theory
MSTD 6302 Museum Exhibition: Design Processes
MSTD 6305 Museum Evaluation: Exhibition and Programs
MSTD 6601 Green Museum
MSTD 6701 Introduction to Museum Studies
MSTD 6710 Museums and Technology
TRDA 6331 Intermediate Lighting Design
TRDA 6335 Intermediate Scene Design
TRDA 6340 Period Styles
TRDA 6344 Production Drafting
TRDA 6348 Techniques in Design Presentations
For more information about the program, call 202-994-0740 or send an e-mail to email@example.com
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