Sponsored Projects

Work with top-level designers from your favorite brands

Successful partnerships with industry are part of ArtCenter’s DNA. Corporations across the globe collaborate with ArtCenter to work with our students on relevant, real-world design challenges. Students have the opportunity to learn and explore a wide variety of topics through 14-week Sponsored Studio and extra-curricular three-day DesignStorms®.

Each project brings a one-of-a-kind opportunity for upper-term and graduate students to work with and inspire top designers and thought leaders in a simulated professional design studio setting. Often, project deliverables require a transdisciplinary studio, which paves the way for students to work together in teams comprised of their peers from a variety of disciplines.

This process is in direct alignment with how design teams in industry work together and teaches students highly sought-after skills that recruiters seek in new design talent.

Sponsored Projects are open to undergraduate students 5th term + above and graduate students. For more information, email: partnerships@artcenter.edu.

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Students Featured in Fast Company

Students reimagine Mr. Coffee, Sharpie, and Paper Mate without plastic

Benefits for Students

  • Work directly with industry leaders
  • Potential for internships/employment opportunities
  • Exposure to industry trends
  • Work in teams with students from different majors
  • Experience in different design methodologies


Sponsored Studios: Creative collaborations with major companies


Since the 1930s, corporations have partnered with ArtCenter through the sponsorship of 14-week studio courses. Getting to see first-hand how the students work and think is the best way for them to identify talent. Many sponsors collaborate with ArtCenter repeatedly due to the high-quality of work ArtCenter students consistently deliver. Either individually or as part of a team, students present their design concepts to experienced professionals who, in turn, provide critique, insights and guidance alongside ArtCenter faculty throughout the project.

These intimate engagements provide students the chance to work directly with industry and get noticed, which may lead to internships and future employment opportunities, and on occasion, sponsors acquire student intellectual property (IP). Students get paid well for their IP, and it is a very impressive acknowledgement of their stellar work within an educational project. Sponsored Studios take place within curricular courses and in many cases will satisfy a Transdisciplinary Studio (TDS) credit.

This is the reason I came to ArtCenter. The talent. The collaboration. It’s probably going to be one of the highlights of my ArtCenter career. Invaluable experience, that’s for sure.

Jordan, Product DesignUnder Armour Sponsored Studio

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DesignStorms: Companies, faculty and students come together to innovate future products and ideas

DesignStorms are highly collaborative extra-curricular, intensive workshops which occur over three days bringing together fifteen upper-term students, three faculty, and the sponsor’s team of design experts. Throughout the workshop, students work in transdisciplinary teams to explore a wide variety of topics and scenarios as outlined by the brief. Feedback is provided by faculty and sponsors throughout the workshop, with a final student presentation taking place at the end of day three. Like the Sponsored Studio, DesignStorms provide an intimate experience where students can be seen, acknowledged for their work, and potentially recruited; yet different than the curriculum-driven Sponsored Studio, DesignStorms are electives and participating students receive payment for their intellectual property (IP) as the sponsor acquires IP as part of their agreement with ArtCenter. 

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The Google DesignStorm has been one of the best experiences I've had at ArtCenter. I've always dreamed of working for Google and I feel even more inspired to make it a reality.

Susie, Interaction DesignGoogle DesignStorm