DesignCorps students working

DesignCorps is a collective of graduate students from the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design who review, accept and implement proposals for client-based design projects, under the supervision of professional design faculty. Originating in the Master of Arts in Exhibition Design program, DesignCorps takes on three-dimensional, narrative and environmental design projects such as exhibitions, installations, interior designs and pop-up experiences for clients in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. In the spirit of multidisciplinary and collaborative design-thinking, DesignCorps welcomes participation from all graduate students at the Corcoran School and the broader GW University.  

Recent clients have included:

  • Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
  • Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
  • The World Bank
  • The International Finance Corporation
  • Special Collections at Gelman Library

Services include:

  • Exhibition Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Creative Project Management
  • Design Consulting
  • Content Development for Exhibitions
  • Design of Fundraising Documents for Exhibitions
  • Exhibition Installation

DesignCorps serves the important goals of:

  • providing graduate students opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge of professional practice,
  • building graduate student portfolios,
  • connecting the Corcoran graduate programs with the broad base of professional clients in the D.C. area,
  • and facilitating creative exchange between the Corcoran, the university as a whole and organizations located in the city of Washington, D.C.

Are you interested in working with DesignCorps as a client? Download our Information Sheet (including Proposal Form) here.

Send questions and proposals to Clare Brown, Program Head of the Master of Arts Exhibition Design program, at [email protected] for consideration. DesignCorps meets monthly to review incoming proposals.