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Office of Career + Professional Development

We are committed to helping our students launch their careers as artists and designers as well as aiding in the advancement of our alumni. Art Center’s Office of Career + Professional Development provides our students and alumni with a variety of resources and services to help facilitate meaningful connections with the professional world.

In today’s highly competitive job market, plotting a career path and sharpening personal skills are more critical than ever. Our Career Strategies Workshops provide students and alumni with advice on résumé and cover letter preparation, interviewing techniques, networking skills and uncovering the “hidden job market.”

We also identify and develop paid internships that provide students with practical, hands-on work experience under the direction of practicing artists and designers. Our students have recently interned at Acura, Good magazine, Insomniac Games, Nestlé, New Line Cinema/Warner Bros. and TOMS Shoes.

Through our Career Chats series, leaders of design firms and studios come to campus to create awareness of their business, showcase their work and engage in conversation with students.

Our mentorship program, The DOT Exchange, connects students, alumni and peers, giving mentees opportunities to broaden their professional networks and develop their skills through workshops and presentations.

Graduating students benefit from our busy on-campus recruitment schedule. Each term, we invite national and international studios and design firms to meet graduating students and review their portfolios. Recent companies have included Apple, BMW Group / Designworks USA, Dreamworks Animation, NONOBJECT, Oakley and Saatchi & Saatchi.


If you are a prospective employer with opportunities for our students and/or alumni, or a student or alumnus seeking more information on our programs and services, please contact us.


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