Graduate Certificate in Exhibit Design

Exhibit design installation
Please note: Applications to this certificate program are not being accepted at this time because the program is temporarily on hiatus.

The 18-Credit Graduate Exhibit Design Certificate Program can be completed in one year and provides students with the tools needed to meet the increasing demand for top-tier exhibits.

From corporate and convention center spaces on showroom floors to sophisticated displays in museums, science centers, and high-end department stores, the Graduate Certificate in Exhibit Design cuts across disciplines to teach foundational techniques using modern tools and digital technology. The program takes full advantage of GW’s long-term collaborative relationship with the Smithsonian Institution, and students design and install a minimum of two exhibits at the National Air and Space Museum and on the GW campus.

Certificate students draw from three university disciplines to customize their programs:

  • MUSEUM STUDIES provides the programmatic backbone to collaborative exhibit development, including organizational and theoretical best practices, and content interpretation.
  • INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN supports the design process with an aesthetic as well as a practical understanding of ergonomic, architectural, and ADA considerations.
  • THEATRE & DANCE supports the exhibit process with a design approach that emphasizes spatial environments and narrative development.

For more information, call 202-994-0740 or email

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Exhibit Design Faculty

Carl Gudenius

Carl Gudenius is co-director of the Exhibit Design Certificate Program, co-chair of the GW Department of Theatre & Dance and principal designer at Design Concept Presentations.

Barbara Brennan

Barbara Brennan was the first co-director of the Exhibition Design Certificate Program from 2012-2015 and is former Exhibition Designer and Chair of the Exhibits Design and Technology Department at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

Kym Rice

Kym Rice is the director and chair of the GW Museum Studies Program and is an award-winning exhibition developer and curator.

Stephanie Travis

Stephanie Travis is the director of the GW Interior Architecture & Design Program and former senior architectural designer for acclaimed design firm Vicente Wolf Associates, Inc. in New York City.