Exhibition Design

12 months
Full time
Master's degree
On campus
29 January 2024

About this program

Exhibition Design

This Specializing Master includes courses with occupationally oriented content that is highly professional. Teaching faculty include selected professionals at the top of their fields, many of whom are members of IDEA, the Italian Association of Exhibition Designers. Lasting 12 months, the course program comprises of 1500 hours overall, half of which consists of classroom instruction and half of independent study, and is divided into three modules.

The Number of Admitted Students is 30

Admission requirements

This program is aimed at those who hold a degree in architecture, industrial design, engineering, art history, cultural heritage, applied art or communication (humanities). Foreign students may present equivalent degrees earned abroad.

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Program content

Didactic Modules

The first module of 203 hours (8 credits) is divided into four weeks (November-December 2018) and is a theoretical-and design approach, to give all the participants a thorough basic knowledge in various domains of exhibition design: features of the history and principles of exhibit development, museology, the languages of modern art, graphics, materials and technology, the classification of large expositions, and the classification of public spaces.

The second module consists of exercises with lessons of complementary subjects, divided into three separate workshops:

  • Workshop exhibitions, museums and cultural events (337 hours, 14 credits)
  • Workshop trade fair and exhibition stands (278 hours, 11 credits)
  • Workshop retail space (244 hours, 10 credits)

The third module is designed to be a phase of final specialization, consisting of an internship (14 credits) at a company, a studio or other organization that will culminate in a thesis (4 credits) in one of the three overall areas: trade fairs, exposition, and retailing.


Total tuition fee: €11,500


Students who successfully complete the program and pass the final exam will be awarded a first-level Specializing Master in Exhibition Design, IDEA.

Career paths

The expected job descriptions include:

  • Exhibition Designer in the Public Administration (Culture and Museums)
  • Exhibition Designer in public or private Foundations, Entities and Associations
  • Designer in exhibition companies
  • Highly qualified professional
  • Technician and expert in production and realization of exhibition facilities

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About this institute

POLI.design is based in Milan, a universally known and recognised international centre of excellence for design.

The permanent structures, cultural institutions, fairs and showrooms, publishing industry, schools, displays, exhibitions, and events that the city has to offer are numerous and contribute to creating a culturally lively and dynamic climate that can enrich professional and training courses,...

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Why study at POLI.design

POLI.design is the post-graduate school in Design of the Politecnico di Milano that supports and completes the curricular paths of the School of Design, aiming at professional training and an effective insertion in the many areas of work in which the designer operates today.

It plays a hinge role between universities, businesses, organizations and institutions and professional worlds, operating in the perspective of internationalization and establishing partnerships with universities, schools, organizations, institutions, companies and companies from time to time.

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Via Don Giovanni Verità, 25
20158 Milan

Phone no: +39 02 2399 7206

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