People at ArtCenter

Professional Education and Industry Engagement

Since its inception, ArtCenter has provided artists and designers the skills they need to succeed throughout their careers. This founding principle remains part of our ethos today—and our commitment to your professional education extends far beyond the classroom.

Focused on leadership, business strategies and industry trends, our programs are offered in conjunction with academic leadership, groundbreaking alumni, industry colleagues and partner institutions. They are designed to support students and alumni seeking to launch new ventures, build businesses, develop professional expertise and navigate new career pathways through the entire arc of their professional lives.

These resources complement and enhance rigorous classroom experiences with access to immersive learning, cultural awareness, industry relationships, thought leadership, and trends in technology and management. They are integrated with our Career and Professional Development programs, which focus on internships, mentorship and employment opportunities, as well as our global Exchange and Study Away programs, including ArtCenter Berlin.

In addition to serving our students and alumni, we actively engage our vast network of industry partners at home and abroad. Whether our partners are helping us shape education programs for students and alumni, or attending seminars and workshops alongside them, we consider our industry partnters an extension of the ArtCenter community.

Core Professional Education Programs

BOLD: Business and Entrepreneurship

Symposia, seminars and workshops, providing inspiration, practical guidance and networking opportunities across the business and startup ecosystem.

Emerging Trends and Technologies
In-depth conversations and expert presentations to further opportunities for creatives working with new tools and processes

Leadership, Diversity and Ethics in Design
Collaborative programs and roundtable discussions for creatives whose roles and responsibilities intersect with industry, government and society.

Launch Lab
A capstone accelerator program propelling graduating entrepreneurs with practical resources and network to launch, fund and grow startups and new business venutres.

Launch Prep
A mid-degree class preparing aspiring entrepreneurs and inventors to form teams and pursue startup and venture capital beyond the classroom.

Professional Consultations
Individual strategy sessions to help students and alumni develop professional networks and build plans to fulfill their career goals.

Professional Practice and Creative Strategy
Intimate workshops, incudling RE/Bootcamp and Thinking Through Making, led by ArtCenter faculty and industry experts to re-energize practice and process for mid-career alumni.


Kristine Bowne

Vice President, Professional Development and Industry Engagement

626 396-2474

Robbie Nock

Director, Entrepreneurship and Professional Practice

626 396-4212

Professional Development and Industry Engagement

ArtCenter’s Professional Development and Industry Engagement programs expand the range of opportunities available for our students, alumni and industry partners.

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