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HS Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design Course Descriptions

Discover how to use props, signs, fixtures, lighting, graphics, audio, and typography to create environments that showcase products for consumers while learning about careers in department and specialty stores, display studios, exhibition centers, and related firms.

HDE 020 The Power of Display and Exhibit Design
What makes a product sell? The way it's displayed! You'll learn professional techniques to create two- and three-dimensional displays with actual merchandise, materials, and props. The course also includes some great field trips to see store windows, interiors, and showrooms.

PrecollegeComments: For students who love to work three-dimensionally, there's lots of building in small and large scale. Also beneficial to students interested in careers in museums, galleries, trade shows and showrooms.

HDE 028 Visual Presentation Careers and Techniques
What does a career in visual presentation entail? This is the industry that creates exciting environments for retail stores, museums, zoos, showrooms, events and more! Students will learn about career opportunities as well as the skills and techniques required to present products, objects and ideas. Join us for an introduction to the creative process as well as the hand and computer skills that support concepts for vibrant themed installations. Students will design their own presentation environment, producing all required elements including models, signage, and promotional pieces.

HDE 088 Designing Exhibits for Museums, Zoos, and Other Fun Places
Learn the techniques used by exhibition designers to create environments and installations for museums, galleries, zoos, and science centers. Study the use of graphics and the incorporation of interactivity while creating your own gallery installation.

HDE 094 Boutique and Interactive Store Design
Design an original boutique or specialty store from the ground up. Basic drafting and spatial planning techniques, decorating for retail, and how brand names evolve into marketing images are all covered in this course. Your final project will be the construction of a small store model and the creation of a marketing kit.

HDE 125 Digital Photography: Basics and Beyond
Learn how to purchase and use a digital camera, how to photograph your displays and artwork, and how to save, manipulate, and output images. This course teaches you to edit your images using Adobe Photoshop.

HDE 126 Graphic Design for Parties, Events, and Fashion Promotions
If you want your portfolio to dazzle with captivating pieces reflecting the hottest trends then this class is for you! Using basic Adobe software, you will learn how to create innovative graphics for events such as Sweet 16 parties, weddings, Bat Mitzvahs and red carpet events. You will also design retail graphics for a fashion designer including a shopping bag and a poster.

HDE 128 Photo Storytelling for Visual Presentation
*Prerequisite: HPH 159 or other Digital Photography course and experienced use
Communicate your personal ideas & stories in a narrative format, crafting a photographic narrative through image presentation and image sequencing. Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design students often present their work to clients in a presentation book format. This course will cover basic Photoshop tools, including image processing, photo retouching, manipulation, printing and collage.
Students must be comfortable with the digital camera to join this class.

*If you did not complete the above re-requisites, but would like to take this advanced course, please fax or email three examples of your digital photographs to fax 212.217.7964 or email Make sure to include your name, phone number, and the class you want to register for on all pages. Please note that this is an addition to the Account Creation Process done on-line, which has to be completed by all Precollege students.

HDE 135 Photo-Styling for Magazines, Catalogs and More!
Explore many avenues of a career in styling.You'll create concepts and develop an eye for detail and style in the areas of fashion, print ads, visual presentation and home decoration, as well as a range of media opportunities. Assignments include set and prop styling, styling for a fashion shoot, fashion shows and video production and styling for the home.

HDE 140 The Art of the Party
Throwing a great party is no accident; it's an art. In this course, you'll learn the principles and practices of party planning, including how to design themes, table settings, invitations, and décors for special occasions. A great compliment to course HDE 126!

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