Advertising & Arts
Exhibition designers create displays and fixtures for large exhibitions, shows, corporate clients, museums and art galleries, or libraries.
What does an Exhibition Designer do?
Exhibition designers create displays and fixtures for large exhibitions, shows, corporate clients, museums and art galleries, or libraries. Exhibition designers are specially trained in the art of design and set up and may work solely for a museum or gallery or in a private firm.
As an exhibition designer, you would:
- design displays and stands for a wide variety of events
- discussing clients' needs and requirements
- present ideas such as plans, computer-generated visuals and 3D models
- discuss with clients and agree on final designs
- produce design documentation
- handle orders for supplies
- oversee the construction of exhibition components
- liaise with technical specialists such as lighting staff
- oversee assembly and installation at the exhibition venue.
Key skills and interests
To become an exhibition designer, you would need:
- excellent design and artistic skills
- the ability to think creatively and laterally
- technical drawing skills
- experience with design and 3D modelling software
- the ability to work to strict deadlines.
Working hours and conditions
You would work standard business hours, but you may need to work extra or flexible hours to meet deadlines when events are being staged.
You are likely to be studio- or office-based, but would usually also visit clients or exhibition sites. In some jobs you may need to travel extensively.
How to become an Exhibition Designer?
Entry Level Education
To become an exhibition designer you usually have to complete a VET qualification in design, visual arts, or scenery and set construction.
You can also become an exhibition designer by completing a degree in design, visual arts, fine arts, creative arts, technical production or visual communication. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, visual arts and design would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.
Skills can also be gained on the job through extensive experience in the industry.
Overall employment of exhibition designers is projected to decline.
This is a small occupation, and more modular options are now available for exhibition setup, leading to less demand for bespoke designs.