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Visual Merchandising and Exhibition Design

The Visual Merchandising and Exhibition Design concentration is an interdisciplinary program and comprises developing environments such as homes, stores, display windows and other merchandise displays; as well Exhibition Design, including trade shows and installations at large scale events, like pop-up stores.

Admission to the Program

Undergraduate students admitted to University of Memphis may pursue a degree in the College of Professional and Liberal Studies by completing Declaration of Major form

Once accepted, students must seek academic advising prior to the start of each semester. Advisors will provide guidance in developing a meaningful educational plan that is compatible with the student's abilities, values, interests and career goals. Academic advising is available in-person, by phone and web conference. 

Fees and Scholarships

Students are encouraged to visit University and Student Business Services regularly to review fee charts, deadlines and other important details as they are subject to change. 

The College of Professional and Liberal Studies offers several scholarships for students meeting the stated requirements. Students may apply for scholarships through Tiger Scholarship Manager.

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Degree Requirements

Students in the Visual Merchandising and Exhibition Design concentration will select from a set of courses as part of a coordinated study. Requirements for this program include general education, a coordinated study, internship/field experience, thematic studies, senior project and general electives. Students should seek guidance from their advisor every semester and follow the assigned degree plan.  A minor may be pursued with this degree through the submission of a completed minor application. Approval must be granted from the graduation analyst of the minor they are seeking as well as the College of Professional and Liberal Studies graduation analyst. 

Thematic Studies

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of Professional and Liberal Studies students must complete 6 credit hours of thematic studies courses. Please refer to the assigned degree plan for required courses.

Internships

All students pursuing the Visual Merchandising and Exhibition Design concentration will be required to secure an internship as part of their degree requirements. Successful internships provide valuable learning experiences related to coursework and areas of study under the supervision of a faculty member and an employer in the community.

Prior Learning Assessment

Students who wish to accelerate the completion of their degree may be eligible to earn credit through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) which includes credit earned by CLEP or DSST standardized exams, Experiential Learning Credit, or departmental credit by examination.

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File for Graduation

Undergraduate students who are within two semesters of graduation should review the required process to file for graduation. All parts must be completed by the posted deadline. 

Career Development

Students interested in learning more about career options in Visual Merchandising and Exhibition Design should review information and set an appointment to meet with a Career Specialist in our Career Services Office.

Local and National Organizations

Retail Design Institute