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Learn how to design an exhibition from concept to installation in this certificate program. Gain the understanding of how to create and document the design of an exhibition from concept to installation. Special focus is on creating interpretive environmental experiences that include storytelling, sustainability and environmental design. The exhibition designer often works in a collaborative team process, integrating the disciplines of industrial design, architecture, graphic design, audiovisual, digital media, architecture, lighting design, as well as content specialization. At the end of the semester, students will complete and present an exhibition design proposal with models, photographs and drawings of original work toward their portfolio.


Aspiring and practicing...

  • Artists
  • Designers
  • Visual merchandising designers
  • Anyone interested in developing or enhancing their skills in exhibition design—applicable to various scales and venues, including museums, art exhibitions, retail spaces, trade shows, kiosks, visitor centers, and showrooms


This certificate program requires the successful completion of 96 hours of study or 4 core required courses. It can be taken as a summer intensive certificate program within 4 weeks in June or August, or within the Fall or Spring semester. 


XCSI-600    Tools and Methods of Visual Representation

XCSI-601    Architectural Elements for Exhibition Design

XCSI-602    Universal & Culturally Sensitive Design

XIND-112    Rhino: CAD for Product & Spatial Design



XSI-327       Exhibition Design Intensive (includes XCSI-600, XCSI-601, & XCSI-602)

XSI-333       Rhino Intensive (equivalent to XIND-112 Rhino: CAD for Product & Spatial Design)


Visual Merchandising Design Certificate Program (Summer Only)


Deadline:  5 business days before each class starts.

Early registration is encouraged. After the deadlines, students may still be admitted only if virtual space remains in the selected course or program.


A laptop or desktop computer with a reliable internet connection and camera

All students will be given access to the required digital tools through their Pratt Onekey account (e.g. GSuites, Slack, Adobe Suite, and Zoom). Pratt will use these online platforms to connect students with their faculty and it is the student’s responsibility to check that their region/computer is capable of supporting these various platforms and tools.

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Upcoming Courses


Explore the technical and aesthetic approaches for permanent, temporary, and travelling exhibition design. Investigate materials, finishes, structures, systems and lighting; learn signage, graphics, and media for exhibition design; and related logistics. Students will continue to work on their projects started in the Tools and Methods of Visual Representation course and move into a design development phase. It is highly recommended to take the XCSI-600 course before taking this one.

April 6-29, 2021, Online
Learn to create your own 3D models in this hands-on course. Understand 3D space and viewport directions. Learn effective modeling techniques and strategies, multiple surface tools, drafting, rendering and 3D modeling while completing projects toward a portfolio. This course is applicable across all design industries and disciplines.

March 3, 2021 to May 5, 2021, Online
Learn to design an exhibition while staying on-brand, whether for art installations or commercial design. Starting with an overview of historical branded exhibition design and concept studies, study research techniques, particularly to understand your client and topic; story telling for exhibition design; technical drawing basics; the flow of space; and editing methods. Begin the initial steps of working on your exhibition design project by focusing on concept development and designing a brief.

February 23, 2021 to April 1, 2021, Online
Learn exhibition/installation design that is accessible and designed to meet the needs of all visitors, including to meet the ADA (American Disability Access) standards and globally accepted content. Study culturally relevant design and resilient exhibition design. Complete and present your final Exhibition design projects toward your portfolio. Highly recommended: Please take the XCSI-600 and XCSI 601 courses before this one.

May 4-6, 2021, Online

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