In academia, Bemidji State University (BSU) in Minnesota, USA, boasts one of the select few design programs in the entire nation that prepares young designers specifically for the exhibition and event industries. Since the early 1990s, the BSU Experiential Exhibit Design program has educated a steady stream of qualified specialized designers, ready to accept job postings all over the world. In additional to US nationals, recent Experiential Exhibit Design graduates include citizens of Malaysia, Moldova, China, India, Nepal, Japan, Uzbekistan, and many other countries.
In addition to providing specialized design programming in-house, Bemidji State University’s design program facilitates numerous “real-world” industry-related experiences for its students. This wealth of prior first-hand knowledge prepares graduates to quickly interface with and design for businesses in the experiential and exhibit design industry across the world.
Due to the unique nature of design education and the needs of the larger design community, a continuous dialog and model for improvement is vital for the continued success of BSU’s contribution to the preparation of skilled professional designers for today and in the future. Industry professionals contribute greatly to this improvement process through regular interaction with BSU’s design faculty and students.
Dr. Bonnie Higgins and Mr. Mitch Blessing will introduce and discuss Bemidji State University’s School of Technology, Art & Design, its curriculum, student outcomes, internship programs, and international partnerships, as well as sharing some success stories