Anu Handa



What is Exhibition Design?

We all have visited Trade Fairs and expos, but have you ever wondered what goes behind putting all of it together? Here, starts the role of an Exhibition Designer.

The Designer works closely with the client, team members and a bunch of vendors like Audio-Visual experts to engage the audiences in compelling interactions. It starts with a concept and ends with creating three-dimensional exhibits.

An Exhibition Designer requires knowledge of a lot of other fields like Interior Design, Architecture and Graphic Design. The aim is to create an enriching experience for the audience that leads to a better understanding of the displayed subject. The Designer may have to adhere to strict deadlines and budgets, specially the case in temporary exhibitions.

Education in Exhibition Design

Candidates who want to pursue a career in Exhibition Design can study the course at Undergraduate & Postgraduate level. Popular colleges that offer courses in Exhibition Design include NID.

Exhibition Design Eligibility Criteria

To pursue a bachelor’s degree in Exhibition Design, a student should pass 10+2 as a qualifying examination from a recognized State or National Board of Education. Age limit, stream specification and minimum qualifying marks in 10+2, can be other criteria’s of eligibility, which may vary among colleges. Some colleges have also introduced seats for NRI quota, for which the qualifying criteria varies.

A four year degree course is the basic requirement to start a career in the field. After completion of their degree, students may intern with companies in the exhibition business to have a better understanding of the industry. The sky is the limit for talented professionals, as the jobs in the field are extremely rewarding and fulfilling.

Entrance Exams for Exhibition Design

All popular colleges conduct entrance exams in order to offer admissions to aspiring candidates. Some of the top Entrance Exams for Design are conducted by NID, NIFT and CEPT.

Exhibition Design Course Curriculum

Though the curriculum may vary from college to college, some of the common subjects include:

  • Understanding Exhibition Space
  • Structure & Organization
  • Displays: Traditional & Technical
  • Architectural Drawings
  • Colour, Textue, Materials & Lighting
  • Logo & Graphic Design

Careers in Exhibition Design can be in the following fields:

  • Trade Shows & Expos
  • Museum Exhibition
  • Zoos
  • Science Centres
  • Visitor attractions

About the Author: Anu Handa is an Interior Designer, DIY Artist, Co-Founder and Educator at Mosaic Institute of Design. She has been the lead blogpost writer at since 2009. Her educational background in Interior Design, Urban Planning and the English Language has given her a broad base to cover a range of topics in her articles. Anu has spent 15+ years training Design & B.Arch Aspirants for entrance exams.

Passionate about Design Education, she’s briefly worked with Annamalai University as a paper setter for Design Exams. Likes to write about Design, Architecture and related fields, on online platforms like Quora. Aims at challenging the conventional & age old teaching methodology