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MA Exhibition Design
This is one of the few accredited graduate programs in the nation devoted to interpretive exhibition design. The curriculum is a balanced integration of academic, technical, and design courses. Students attain the professional skills needed to create experiences that engage, educate, and entertain audiences, and to assume the responsibilities of storytellers, communicators, and visitor advocates.
In addition to the rigorous course requirements, the Corcoran encourages students to seek internships in a diversity of museums and private design firms. Recent hosts include the National Museum of American History, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Textile Museum, the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Students also develop valuable professional networks through membership in SEGD at the Corcoran, the student organization of the Society for Environmental Graphic Design.
Graduates of the multidisciplinary program are equipped to pursue careers in art, history, natural history, science, and children’s museums, as well as in private design firms.
Associate Chair of Exhibition Design and Academic Advisor:Clare Brown (contact)
The Master of Arts in Exhibition Design is a two-year, 48-credit program, which can be completed in four semesters of full-time traditional study. Part-time study is available for those balancing careers and other demands with coursework.
Exhibition Design Studio I, II, III
Construction and Detailing for Exhibitions
Materials, Finishes, and Methods for Exhibitions
Lighting for Exhibitions
AutoCAD or Revit
Pro-Thesis and Thesis Exhibition Design Studios
History of Architecture and Interior Design
Museum Management and Operations
Conservation and Art Handling
Academic and Studio Electives
*Subject to change
Exhibition Design Faculty
Associate Chair of Exhibition Design
Dare Myers Hartwell
Head of Conservation
Carol Ann Small