School of Art and Design

Applications accepted for fall only.      NYSED: 36131      CIP: 50.0499

The major in Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design prepares students for opportunities in spatial experience fields including careers in exhibition design, retail design, product display, events, stage and screen, brand environments and themed places and spaces. An internship is required. Curriculum below is for the entering class of fall 2021.

Semester 5Credits
MAJOR AREAVP 302 - Overview of Spatial Experience Design2
VP 303 - Space, Environment and Visualization4
VP 312 - Product Presentation - Small Scale2
VP 331 - Three-Dimensional Construction for Spatial Experience Design2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/American History G103
choice - see Requirements*: History of Art and Civilization3
Semester 6
MAJOR AREAVP 304 - Brand, Spatial Experience and Retail Design2
VP 305 - Placemaking, Wayfinding and Environmental Graphics2
VP 306 - CAD for Spatial Experience2
VP 314 - Product Presentation - Large Scale2
RELATED AREACT 303 - Dynamic Branding2
ID 241 - Lighting Design I1.5
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/Other World Civilizations G93
Semester 7
MAJOR AREAVP 400 - Portfolio and Careers in Spatial Experience Design2
VP 411 - Interpretive Exhibition Design2
VP 441 - Interpretive Exhibition Graphics2
choice - see Requirements*: Major Area Elective(s)1.5
RELATED AREAchoice - see Requirements*: Related Area Elective(s)3
LIBERAL ARTSEN 323 - Specialized Writing and Thesis Preparation3
choice - see Requirements*: Foreign Language3
Semester 8
MAJOR AREAVP 412 - Senior Design Project4
RELATED AREABE 404 - Business for Visual Presentation2
IC 497 - Senior Internship: Career Planning3
choice - see Requirements*: Related Area Elective(s)1.5-2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*: Foreign Language3
 Total Credits: 60.5-61

*Fall 2021 Requirements: See below.

Liberal Arts and Art History: 18 credits

  • American History: 3 credits.  CHOICE of any course that meets the General Education American History requirement (G10).
  • English and Speech: 3 credits.  EN 323.
  • Foreign Language: 6 credits. Two semesters of the same foreign language, one of which must meet the General Education Foreign Language requirement (G8).
  • History of Art and Civilization: 3 credits. CHOICE of any HA course (for which prerequisites have been met) not previously taken or required.
  • Other World Civilizations: 3 credits. CHOICE of any HA course that meets the General Education Other World Civilizations requirement (G9).

Major Area Elective(s): 1.5 credits (minimum). CHOICE of DE 401DE 234VP 421, VP 431, VP 432, or VP 433.

Related Area Elective(s): 4.55 credits total
Selective: 1.5–2 credits CHOOSE either ID 431 or CT 301 in semester 7 or 8 
Elective(s): 3 credits CHOICE of any elective course(s) in Art and Design for which student has met the prerequisite(s) 

Upon graduating from the Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design BFA program, students will be able to:

  1. Develop research techniques including trends analysis, brand review, interviews, and historical study.
  2. Master presentation skills utilizing reports, presentation boards, and multi-media.
  3. Manage the design process for a unique individual project from research, to concept, to final installation.
  4. Create physical and digital models of spaces, displays and details using a variety of materials and software tools.
  5. Develop techniques and methods for the placement and positioning of products and brands.
  6. Complete full fabrication documentation packages, including dimensioned drawings, and material specifications.
  7. Specify and research specialist and material support including lighting, props, and accessories in the development of fully realized displays and exhibitions.
  8. Create graphic approaches to environmental projects that include type, color, material, and methodology.