Exhibition designer

Exhibition designers work with organisations and individuals to turn their ideas into engaging displays.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter

to

£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

39 to 41 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends attending events or appointments

How to become an exhibition designer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • working towards this role
  • specialist courses run by private training organisations

University

You'll normally need a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a subject like:

  • spatial design (exhibitions)
  • interior design
  • three-dimensional (3D) design
  • interior architecture

You may also find exhibition design options as part of some events management, and museums and galleries courses.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • a foundation studies diploma in art and design 
  • 1 or 2 A levels for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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Work

You may be able to get into this type of work as a junior design assistant. To do this, you are likely to need a qualification in art and design, like a diploma or an A level.

You are also likely to need experience in using computer-aided design (CAD) software packages.

Volunteering and experience

You could volunteer to help set up exhibitions, for example with local arts festivals or in libraries.

Other routes

The British Display Society offers a distance learning course, the Certificate in Display and Visual Merchandising, which includes units on layout, design and lighting.

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Career tips

You'll need to put together a portfolio of your work to highlight your design skills to show at interview. Work experience would also give you an advantage when applying for training and jobs.

Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Chartered Society of Designers, for professional development, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming an exhibition designer from Creative Choices.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of the fine arts
  • design skills and knowledge
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • discussing requirements with clients
  • presenting your ideas as sketches, scale plans, computer-generated visuals and models
  • producing final blueprints after discussions with clients
  • handling orders for supplies
  • liaising with technical specialists like lighting staff
  • project managing the set-up process from start to finish

Working environment

You could work at events, in an office or at a conference centre.

Career path and progression

With experience you may be able to progress to a more senior position, like team leader or senior designer.

You could also become freelance, or set up your own company.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for an exhibition designer right now.

The Find an apprenticeship service can help you with your search, send alerts when new apprenticeships become available and has advice on how to apply.

Courses In England

Architecture / 3D Design (Architecture)

  • Provider: Portsmouth College
  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: Portsmouth

Foundation Degree in 3D Design (3D design, modelmaking, product design, furniture design D & T, CAD)

  • Provider: Barking & Dagenham College
  • Start date: 04 September 2019
  • Location: Romford

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