By  on March 1, 2005

NEW YORK — The School of Graduate Studies of the Fashion Institute of Technology is trying to help students land in the museum world.

Beginning this fall, a master’s degree in exhibition design will be offered. It will be the first of its kind in the U.S., and will be set up to prepare students for professional careers in the exhibition design and production industry. 

The studio-based program will be geared toward recent college graduates who focused on architecture, interior and industrial design or museum studies. It will concentrate on the designer’s role and relationship with other members of the exhibition team and will consider an exhibition from the perspectives of designer and fabricator.

Students will take courses in graphics, developing an exhibition design program, lighting, building models and presentation design techniques. Design professionals, such as graphic and lighting designers, as well as design historians will teach the classes. Students will be required to write a master’s thesis for a themed project. They also will complete an internship in a museum, gallery, corporate art collection, historic home or professional design office. This is a full-time, 36-credit program, with classes offered year-round during the day and on weekends.

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