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Specializing Master / XVIII edition

Exhibition Design

The Master in Exhibition Design – IDEA – Architecture of Exhibiting – to learn how to prepare and set up installations and installations aimed at communicating ideas and concepts.

11.500 €
18 Nov. 2024 - 31 Jan. 2026
Available seats : 24


The IDEA Exhibition Design – The Architecture of Exhibition, first-level Specializing Master, aims to turn out highly qualified professionals in exhibition design.

Exhibition design is the planning that involves places, spaces, and architecture to set up conceptual apparatus, physical facilities, exhibits, and installations whose purpose is communication in the broadest sense.

Shows, booths, stores, trade fairs, museums, shopping centers, trading areas, meeting places, sales outlets, performance-art spaces, and public squares and streets all call on exhibition design in a crescendo of meaningful experience and with an ongoing refinement of skills.

Such skills and experience revolve around the specific relationship between architecture as ‘interior design’ and ‘exposition architecture,’ i.e. the set of dedicated exhibition techniques that take shape and become operative in these interior spaces.

The Italian Association of Exhibition Designers, IDEA, founded in 2007 by highly qualified professionals in the field, has as its mission to certify the quality of exhibition design and to highlight the growing role of the exposition discipline in the contexts of culture, marketing, and communication.  IDEA found the ideal partner for its Specializing Master in the Politecnico di Milano, whose tradition of excellence helped launch the program with enthusiasm and a passion for the culture of exhibit design, in keeping with the association’s mission.




Training objectives

The objective of this Specializing Master is to train a new kind of professional designer whose specialist skills lie in the various application domains of exhibition design (shows, trade fairs, museums, sales outlets, events and stage setting).  These professionals need cultivated dynamism that will enable them to respond with expertise to the varied scales of exhibition design and to the multifaceted briefs they are commissioned with.  Above all, they have to have a high awareness of their professional identity.

This program includes an approximately 350-hour guided internship segment that aims to place the student as a trainee in an exhibition-design context.  Internships are available at major institutions that have a consolidated working relationship with this Specializing Master, such as:

MAGA di Gallarate, MART di Rovereto, Triennale di Milano, Sloowfood, Studio Angelo Jelmini, Studio Baldessari&Baldessari, Studio Carmadesign, Studio Cerri & Associati, Studio Crea International, Studio Dedalo, Karim Azzabi Architects, Studio Migliore+Servetto, Studio Origoni Steiner, Designnetwork, Studio Storage, Way spa, Benfenati spa, RetailDesign.

MAGA di Gallarate, MART di Rovereto, Triennale di Milano, Sloowfood, Studio Angelo Jelmini, Studio Baldessari&Baldessari, Studio Carmadesign, Studio Cerri & Associati, Studio Crea International, Studio Dedalo, Karim Azzabi Architects, Studio Migliore+Servetto, Studio Origoni Steiner, Designnetwork, Studio Storage, Way spa, Benfenati spa, RetailDesign. 

Didactic Plan

The lessons of the Master will be held mainly in Italian with teaching aids also in English. The project laboratories (workshops) and the reviews can also be carried out in English, as well as the presentations of the project papers and final thesis by students where it is expressed as a preference.

The Master is established with the purpose to highly form qualified professional profiles in the sector of the exhibition design. The exhibition design is an ambit of the project which has boundaries that are not definable in clean way; it uses languages and multiple tools that concern the “architecture of the insides” and the interior design: the constructive detail, the materials, the technologies, the graphics and the multimedia; it is a discipline with a lot of derivations and with numerous applications, to which the economic world and the cultural institutions assign and more and more will assign a fundamental role.

In extreme synthesis, the exhibition design is that project that, involving places, spaces and architectures, predisposes conceptual and physical apparatuses (exhibits and installations) aimed to communication in its widest meanings.

In this epoch of informative redundance and global and undiversified virtuality, it is in fact assuming importance the physical dimension of the expositive communication (an articulated and complex tool to communicate contents of any kind) that to the art of exhibition design it is submitted for being concretely revealed.

Temporary exhibitions, museums, fairs, stands, retail shops and places of the commerce, places of the meeting, spaces of performative arts, streets and urban public plazas: all these spaces use some kind of exhibition design in a meaningful growing of experiences and with a continuous refinement of competences that rotate around the specific relationship between the architecture, seen as “inner space”, and the “architecture of display”, i.e. the whole devices that in these inside spaces take form and operate.

Didactic Modules

First module: Frontal teaching

  • Theory and history of exhibition design
  • Theory and history of museography
  • New Types of Permanent and Temporary Exhibitions
  • Contemporary Art Languages
  • History of applied graphics
  • Design of public spaces
  • Materials and technologies
  • Lighting Design
  • Multimedia
  • Sound Design

Second module: Exercises with lessons of complementary subjects, divided into 3 distinct workshops

Workshop – exhibition design, museums and cultural events –

  • workshop
  • Graphics applied to the project
  • Managing and organising exhibitions and events
  • Lighting technology
  • Museography

Workshop – Trade fair and exhibition stand construction –

  • workshops
  • Security
  • Trade fair marketing
  • Type of trade fairs

Workshop – retail space design – workshops –

  • workshop
  • Typology of retail spaces


Total internship hours: 360 h


Title Released

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

Employment Opportunities

The expected job descriptions include:

High qualified freelancer, exhibition designer in companies, retail chains and shops, exhibition designer incompanies in the fair field, cultural exhibitions and events, communication agencies, exhibition designer with responsabilities interms of the cultural sector in culturalinstitutions, museums, foundations, public andprivate corporations, public administrations; experts in production and installation of exhibit systems.



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.


To take part to the selection process, the application form must be completed online within the following deadlines:

  • EU/non-EU who graduated in Italy / EU citizens with qualification gained abroad within September 18, 2024
  • for Extra UE citizens within August 18, 2024


The Specializing Master costs € 11.500 (€ 11.000 Master fee + € 500 Politecnico di Milano enrollment fee). Exempt from VAT under Article 10 of DPR 633/72.



Send your application within February 28, 2023 to take advantage of the reduction -10%!

Deadline for sending the signed contract and payment of the deposit of the participation fee: no later than March 15, 2023. offers the community of Politecnico di Milano a 50% discount to be applied to the participation fee for a I and II level Specializing Master or Higher Education Course / Post Graduate Program / Continuing Education Course which manages and provides. The discount is for internal staff (i.e., structured teachers and technical and administrative staff) with active contracts at Politecnico di Milano and members of their household.


To benefit from the discount you will need to:

  • send the selection application to the chosen course with the relevant required documents;
  • successfully pass the selections;
  • send a copy of the applicant’s family status.


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