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 for consideration. DesignCorps meets monthly to review incoming proposals.