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Exhibit Designer

Overview: Exhibit designers plan commercial exhibits for business clients wishing to display their products at business conventions and product advertising events. They confer with clients regarding cost, exhibit theme, materials, colors and symbols. They design and manage exhibit construction.
Duties: They work for advertising and exhibit production companies and meet with business clients who are planning exhibits of their products and services.

They identify the clients' objectives in terms of product or service objective, the product variations, the pricing and the ultimate consumer or buyer.

They develop and prepare preliminary sketches to show clients the proposed theme, colors and symbols for the exhibit, the materials and the cost.

When awarded the contract for the exhibit, the designer finalizes the design, assigns artists and craftspersons to create the exhibit.

Degree(s): A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Art & Photography Concentration 
A.A.S. Computerized Architectural and Industrial Design 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Dance Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Music Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Theatre Arts Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Interdisciplinary Concentration  
Job Outlook: Employment of exhibit designers is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018. Opportunities will be driven by the number and size of trade shows.
Starting Salary: Many designers work on a free lance basis.
Salary Range (National Average): $28,000 to $31,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: An associate degree or a bachelor's degree in graphic design, industrial design, or commercial art is the usual training for exhibit designers. Coursework in studio arts, typography and theater design are beneficial as well as a knowledge of materials fabrication techniques and computer-aided design. Exhibit designer applicants should assemble a "portfolio" containing examples of their best design works.
Recommended Skills:
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Painting, drawing, crafting, sculpting and creative designing.
  • Installing equipment, machines, wiring, etc. according to a set of specifications.
  • The ability to make appropriate use of equipment and materials to get a job done.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Being able to express creative ideas through the arts.
 

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.