Exhibition Designer

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Exhibition designers design and create exhibition and display stands, used to promote the client's products or services at exhibitions and conferences. They base the design around the client’s ideas of how it should look.

They might design halls for conferences or for trade exhibitions such as motor shows, book fairs, home shows and camping exhibitions. They may also design historical displays or scenes for museums and heritage centres.

The Work

You could be:


Pay rates vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for qualified exhibition designers in the UK tend to be in the range of £18,000 to £21,000 a year. With experience this can rise to £25,000 to £35,000 a year. Senior exhibition designers can earn up to £40,000 a year or more.

Some exhibition designers work freelance. They charge a fee, which varies depending on the work involved. It can be difficult to make a good income until you become well known.


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Getting In

For art school courses you need to apply through UCAS. 

There are not many jobs available. You might start as an assistant designer with a specialist exhibition design company or a design consultancy. There may also be opportunities with large retail chains and hotel groups. Jobs may be advertised online or through recruitment agencies.

What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to be able to:


Getting On


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Chartered Society of Designers (CSD)
Tel: 020 7357 8088
Twitter: @csdminerva

Creative and Cultural Skills
Tel: 020 7015 1800
Twitter: @CCskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts.

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