Department of Media & Design

Exhibition Design

My Studies


Current Curriculum

1. Semester

| Project Thesis (PA) | Coursecode: 190375109 Project Work 1: Conception of a large-scale Exhibition 8 SWS 12 ECTS
Group work: Free design of a concept and creation of a presentation folder - focus on team work (small groups) with broad solutions in mind; preparation of an exhibition concept of a topic of the students' own choice; groundplan and wall layout, budgeting, maybe fabrication of a presentation model
Exhibition and Museum Studies 1 | Lecture/Practical (IL) | Coursecode: 190375103 Cultural and Social Frameworks 2 SWS 2 ECTS
Discussion of relevant sociological and cultural-historical explanatory models dealing with the event society, fun industry, pop culture, lifestyle, media environments, globalisation, the construction of identity and the like. Networking with regional and international stakeholders.
Exhibition and Museum Studies 1 | Lecture/Practical (IL) | Coursecode: 190375104 Exhibition Theories 2 SWS 2 ECTS
Introduction to the occupational field (presentations, exhibitions, museums, experience worlds, science parks) and responsibilities (design, management, planning). Presentation and analysis of national and international exhibitions and museums. Analyses of national and international designers' works. Discussion of the ongoing internationally-relevant exhibition and museum discourse. Analysis of postmodern immersive strategies, experience zones and exhibition strategies.
Exhibition Design 1 | Lecture/Practical (IL) | Coursecode: 190375107 Advanced Graphic Design Skills 2 SWS 3 ECTS
Impartation of a project idea in the form of folders, plans, models, drafts, multimedia presentations, trailers, etc. and of basic knowledge of typography, layout and prepress.
Exhibition Design 1 | Seminar (SE) | Coursecode: 190375102 Drawing and Editing Plans 2 SWS 2 ECTS
Content of the course: drawing plans of buildings (groundplan, elevation and wall layout) as well as a basic introduction to CAD programmes. Existing plans are being changed and redrawn.
Exhibition Design 1 | Lecture/Practical (IL) | Coursecode: 190375101 Exhibition and Museum Scenography 2 SWS 2 ECTS
Historic development of the museum and exhibition sector. Introduction to and overview of the three possible forms of transmission ("integrative", "media-based" and "personal"). Teaching the students to critically reflect on given topics and to get used to the international discourse. Demonstration of basic developments and recent tendencies in the international exhibition and museum scene.
Exhibition Design 1 | Lecture/Practical (IL) | Coursecode: 190375105 Exhibition Technology 2 SWS 3 ECTS
Planning of exhibition furniture such as showcases, partitions, pedestals, etc .; Requirements of submission plans, fire safety requirements, safety requirements, building permit and approval procedures as well as restrictions in terms of accessibility
Exhibition Design 1 | Lecture/Practical (IL) | Coursecode: 190375106 Material Science for Designers 2 SWS 2 ECTS
Impartation of basic theoretical and practical knowledge regarding materials relevant for realising exhibitions.
Exhibition Design 1 | Seminar (SE) | Coursecode: 190375108 Model Making 2 SWS 2 ECTS
Visualization of exhibition concepts using scale modelling; Impartation of the most important principles of the presentation of an object according to various criteria such as aesthetics, didactics or illustration.

2. Semester

Exhibition and Museum Organisation | Lecture (VO) | Coursecode: 190375207 Copyright and Media Law 2 SWS 2 ECTS
Event Law, Safety Requirements, Fire Protection Requirements, Requirements according to the Building Law and Authorization Process, Liability, Accessibility Requirements
Exhibition and Museum Organisation | Seminar (SE) | Coursecode: 190375206 Standards of Conservation 2 SWS 2 ECTS
Basic conservatorial knowledge, international guidelines concerning indoor temperature, lighting and indoor pollution, technological and material basics of artistic respectively cultural-historical exhibits, differences between exhibitions and museums.
Exhibition and Museum Studies 2 | Lecture (VO) | Coursecode: 190375205 Best Practice International 2 SWS 2 ECTS
Internationally active designers present their theoretical approaches and reflect on their works.
Exhibition and Museum Studies 2 | Lecture/Practical (IL) | Coursecode: 190375202 Directing of Exhibitions 2 SWS 3 ECTS
Dramaturgical composition of an exhibition, contextualization of objects, object-text-relation and implementation, realisation of content specifications and concepts, didactics, targetgroup-oriented exhibition management.
Exhibition and Museum Studies 2 | Lecture/Practical (IL) | Coursecode: 190375208 User Interaction and Evaluation of Exhibitions 2 SWS 2 ECTS
Investigation of the visitors' behaviour in exhibitions according to usability criteria; critical reviews of exhibitions, output/input relation in the context of financial resources, non-material and material sustainability, accessibility.
Exhibition Design 2 | Seminar (SE) | Coursecode: 190375201 3D Visualizations 2 SWS 2 ECTS
Visualization of exhibition concepts using computer generated 3D designs of single exhibition scenarios respectively of a virtual exhibition walkthrough.
Exhibition Design 2 | Lecture/Practical (IL) | Coursecode: 190375203 Digital Media 2 SWS 3 ECTS
The usage of multimedia in exhibitions, film and videoprojections, audio concepts, animations, interactive objects and installations, special effects, online presence of exhibitions and museums.
Exhibition Design 2 | Lecture/Practical (IL) | Coursecode: 190375204 Immersion Strategies 2 SWS 2 ECTS
Methods of immersion, creation of immersive experiences with the help of fragrance, sound, color and responsive media; Planning and design of visitor interactions
Project Works and Accompanying Seminar 2 | Project Thesis (PA) | Coursecode: 190375209 Project Work 2: Presentations in Public Places 8 SWS 12 ECTS
Group Work: Realisation of a public exhibition/presentation in or outside Graz respectively in public places. Focus lies on team work with workable solutions within the limits of a certain financial framework in mind. Content: concepts, exhibition graphics, use of media, possible lending policies, setup of the exhibition, designing of posters and invitations, dismantling of the exhibition.

3. Semester

Economic and Communicative Competences | Lecture (VO) | Coursecode: 190375302 Budgeting and Cost Management 1 SWS 1 ECTS
Personnel management, labour law, contracts for services/work and employment contracts , project calculation and budgeting, accounting, controlling, liability, tenders, partial legal capacity, fund raising, public funding, research funding
Economic and Communicative Competences | Lecture/Practical (IL) | Coursecode: 190375307 Catalogue and other Forms of Media 1 SWS 1 ECTS
Creation of own drafts after having analysed existing catalogues and accompanying publications as well as investigated the state-of-the-art. Development of calculations bases; Interconnection of aesthetical criteria and substantive requirements.
Economic and Communicative Competences | Seminar (SE) | Coursecode: 190375309 English: Professional English 2 SWS 2 ECTS
Technical terminology, written and spoken communication
Economic and Communicative Competences | Seminar (SE) | Coursecode: 190375301 Supervision, Coaching and Conflict Management 2 SWS 2 ECTS
Team work, conflict management, internal communication, motivation, training
Exhibition Design 3 | Lecture (VO) | Coursecode: 190375304 Artistic Environments 2 SWS 2 ECTS
In this course students explore art installations, environments and performances as trigger for an experimental creative handling of spaces.
Exhibition Design 3 | Lecture/Practical (IL) | Coursecode: 190375308 Event Management 2 SWS 2 ECTS
Content-related, organisational and artistic issues regarding exhibition spaces and museums as events locations.
Exhibition Design 3 | Lecture/Practical (IL) | Coursecode: 190375305 Light Design 2 SWS 3 ECTS
The use of light in exhibitions and museums, possibilities of lighting technology concerning effects.
Exhibition Design 3 | Lecture/Practical (IL) | Coursecode: 190375303 Spatial Design 2 SWS 2 ECTS
Architectural and scenographic design, positioning of objects and graphics, planning and positioning of showcases, pedestals, dividing walls and other exhibition furniture, way-finding-systems
Exhibition Design 3 | Lecture/Practical (IL) | Coursecode: 190375306 Trade Fair Design 2 SWS 3 ECTS
The course deals with the special artistic and logistic problems occuring when planning and realising exhibition stands.
Project Works and Accompanying Seminar 3 | Project Thesis (PA) | Coursecode: 190375310 Project Work 3: Concept & Implementation of an Exhibition 8 SWS 12 ECTS
Individual student work in cooperation with one of our existing project partners, companies and institutions. Focus lies on individual work in the framework of already existing structures and working contexts; realisation of an own exhibition or showroom design in or outside Graz (publicly accessible)

4. Semester

Excursion | Seminar (SE) | Coursecode: 190375401 Excursion 3 SWS 4 ECTS
Analysis and critical reflection on internationally relevant examples of exhibitions, museums, trade fairs, science parks and event parks. Visits of design agencies and similar institutions relevant to the professional field.
Master's Thesis | Master's Thesis (MA) | Coursecode: 190375403 Master's Thesis 10 SWS 21 ECTS
Independent creative design work based on a theoretical background or scientific paper
Master's Thesis | Seminar (SE) | Coursecode: 190375402 Master's Thesis Seminar 2 SWS 3 ECTS
Guidance and critical reflections on the chosen topic
Master's Thesis | Modul/Final Examination (FA) | Coursecode: Master´s Exam 0 SWS 2 ECTS