This unique program at the Department for Image Science enables students to profit from the knowledge and experiences of outstanding experts in the field of scientific and cultural exhibition-making and design. Participants will be presented with creative and organizational skills like exhibition development, scenography and project management as well as with know-how about the financing, copyrights-management and the international transfer & lending of exhibition objects and multimedia-based techniques of presentation.

The different characteristics of special, permanent and traveling exhibitions are taught, supported by many case studies. Best-practice-examples of leading experts in exhibition design and management give thorough insights into contemporary trends and introduce students to new working fields with a special focus on immersive exhibit architecture and experiential worlds.

International experts like Christiane PAUL, Dieter BOGNER, Wendy COONES, Kurt KAINDL, Stefan IGLHAUT, Brigitte FELDERER, Frank den OUDSTEN, Lutz ENGELKE, Patricia MUNRO, Florian WIENCEK and Becky GILBERT are brought together through this singular program – a network that combines historic vision with the latest knowledge about current developments and trends on a high level. 

Pure Land 360, virtual theatre projection of the cave of the UNESCO World Heritage SITE of Dunhuang's Buddhist grotto temples. © Jeffrey Shaw

The certified program covers competencies for the professional assessment of chances and risks in contemporary exhibition planning and shows how to apply these skills in concrete projects. By developing and completing a concrete project, participants get the opportunity to try out their own ideas in exhibition work. This way they are able to apply newly learned aspects of project management and their gained knowledge on the creative and theoretical components of “exhibition making”. There is plenty of opportunity for discussing exhibition issues with experts and for the individual specialization of knowledge. After completing the course, participants will be better equipped to undertake the project organization of designing and managing exhibitions and experiential worlds.

After completing the Certified Program "Exhibition Design and Management", an upgrade to the Master program is possible. The study program "Exhibition Design and Management" can also be chosen as an elective for the Master program "Bildwissenschaft, MA" or as Specialization C for the Master program "Collection Studies and Management, MA". An upgrade to Academic Expert in Image Science is also possible subsequent to the completion of the Certified Program "Exhibition Design and Management".

Target group

Staff in museums, collections and similar institutions, promoters and curators of art, culture or science; staff in tourist or leisure learning establishments and anyone building or updating their skills in exhibition project realization.

Course option
Certified Program
Admission requirements
Study or work experience according to regulations
Learning format
2 Semester, part time
Course fee
EUR 4.500,--
Summer semester 2021
German or English
Regulation (Curriculum)
Study location
Danube University Krems
Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30
3500 Krems


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