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Geography and Environmental ScienceUndergraduate study

Exhibition Designer

Exhibitions provide opportunities for businesses to meet with clients and range from general consumer shows to specialist trade events. Exhibition designers are responsible for the overall look of the event.

Employment can be as part of a team or as an individual. Independent studios, governments and large organisations all recruit designers, and many more work freelance. Work is often studio or office based but may also involve some visits and outside work depending on the client and site.

Typical work activities

Designers tend to have responsibility for the implementation and building of the stands so will often be required to work extra hours on exhibition days.

Organisation is key as you are likely to be working on several one-off projects at once for different clients.


All graduates are eligible to apply for this field of work, though a design based degree may be preferred

Work experience

Employers look for candidates with a combination of personality and skills. Experience through work shadowing, placements or vacation work is also helpful.

A keen interest in art and design is essential and employers will want to see a portfolio.
Larger companies may run graduate schemes to facilitate training and experience.

More information

The prospects website has more information about this career path.

The Careers and Employability Service has more resources to help you in your career search.

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