Bringing industry partners into the classroom.
ArtCenter’s wide range of Educational Partnerships brings industry partners into the classroom, bridging academic and professional practices through hands-on collaboration. The benefits are two-fold: our students gain real-world experience working with corporations and civic organizations; and our partners gain the freedom to explore blue sky approaches to specific design challenges.
ArtCenter’s first such partnership dates back to the 1950s when few other schools were connecting students to industry―and we’ve been leading the way ever since. Over the course of one year, ArtCenter collaborated with 25 different partners to explore a diverse range of topics, from the future of air travel to new medical devices to a branded experience for the Special Olympics.
Educational Partnerships offers four opportunities for engagement between students and external organizations:
Classroom-based collaboration between design education and industry partners.
Immersive three-day workshops, applying an intensive design methodology to identify new business opportunities.
One-week design challenges that allow students to work independently on issues facing start-up organizations and new brands.
Hands-on workshops and customized programs that provide business and design leaders tangible skills, tools and strategies to promote creative thinking.