Empowering ArtCenter’s Creative Entrepreneurs

About DOT Launch

Mission

DOT Launch empowers ArtCenter students with the knowledge, resources and connections to pursue entrepreneurship, complimenting traditional art and design education and helping students develop the experience, expertise and confidence to launch new ventures and explore the possibilities of entrepreneurship.

Vision

DOT Launch envisions creative entrepreneurs as the leaders of the 21st century. By consolidating access to business expertise, legal guidance, strategic thinking and collaborative leadership methods, DOT Launch establishes the core foundation and hybrid skill set for students to turn prototypes, concepts and creative skills into sustainable enterprises.


Entrepreneurship and Professional Practice

Create connections to ArtCenter’s vast network through lectures, workshops and other programs focused on creative entrepreneurship. Students are invited to get in touch for access to information about entrepreneurship programing at ArtCenter including guest speakers, advisors, mentors and partners for entrepreneurial initiatives.

robbie.nock@artcenter.edu

Launch Lab

Launch Lab is an additional term for graduating student entrepreneurs to accelerate a project or concept started during a degree program into plans for a scalable business. This fully-funded term provides access to ArtCenter classes, faculty-led independent studies, alumni mentorship and additional legal and financial expertise so that students can validate their business plans, build teams, test prototypes and create presentations for potential investors, partners and customers. Students are exposed to a range of funding pathways including, incubators/accelerators, venture capital, crowdfunding, self-funding, licensing and partnerships, exiting the program with plans and key milestones to launch, fund and grow their venture.

– Up to $4,000 of startup funding is available to offset prototyping and business development costs
– Students in the program can defer federal student loan repayment
– Students are encouraged to apply as teams
– Focuses on business with the potential for scale and is not intended for small businesses, client-driven consultancies or studio practices
– Broadly seeks innovative ventures that “improve the human condition”
– Applications are due by Monday of week 11 each term.

Grad Show Preview

Each term Alumni Relations invites ArtCenter’s alumni community and professional contacts to visit campus to see the graduating students’ work. This is a great opportunity to meet entrepreneurs and launch entrepreneurial enterprises, startups and other initiatives.

BOLD

BOLD is ArtCenter’s platform for alumni entrepreneurs and is often open for students. Alumni Relations hosts BOLD workshops, lectures and symposiums designed to provide inspiration, practical resources and networking opportunities for creative entrepreneurs in alumni community.


Career and Professional Development

Career and Professional Development helps prepare ArtCenter students for their entrepreneurial path through career counseling, internship preparation, professional recruitment and access to mentors.
careers@artcenter.edu
626 396 2320

Career Counseling

Thirty-minute appointments are available with a career counselor to assist students in the career exploration and development process by providing a wide variety of services and resources. Fifteen-minute drop-in counseling sessions are offered weekly and do not require an appointment.

CPD Power Hours

This professional development workshop series covers topics critical for entrepreneurs such as professional communication, interview skills, and building a professional network.

CPD Career Chats

This speaker series enables students to learn from top industry professionals who present on a variety of topics: the state of creative industries, design research, creating compelling narratives, entrepreneurship, and more.

Internships

Off-campus Internships are a fundamental way for undergraduate and graduate students to enhance their education through real-world experience in their desired industry, providing students with opportunities to grow creatively, gain confidence, build their professional networks, and diversify their skill sets.

Recruitment Open House

Graduating students are given the opportunity to network with professionals while showcasing their work before graduation each term. Employers are invited to campus to visit open studios, view student work, and discuss their organizations and businesses.

Connect

DOT Connect is ArtCenter’s online career portal with full-time, part-time and freelance positions; residencies; fellowships and more.


ArtCenter Business Club

ArtCenter Business Club is a student-led initiative, designed to help ArtCenter College of Design students address voids and adapt to the changing trends within the creative community and economy.

ACBC aims to provide the social platform in which students connect and grow with each other and with the alumni network, faculty and industry partners. Through studio visits, guest speakers and fun workshops planned throughout each term, members become more familiar with the world awaiting us upon graduation.


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DOT Launch envisions creative entrepreneurs as the leaders of the 21st century. By consolidating access to business expertise, legal guidance, strategic thinking and collaborative leadership methods, DOT Launch establishes the core foundation and hybrid skillset for students to turn prototypes, concepts and creative skills into sustainable enterprises.


DOT Launch Team

Karen Hofmann

Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Terry Lee Stone

Faculty Director, Entrepreneurship and Professional Practicetstone2@artcenter.edu

Kristine Bowne

Vice President, Professional Development and Industry Engagementkristine.bowne@artcenter.edu

Robbie Nock

Manager, Entrepreneurship and Professional Practice robbie.nock@artcenter.edu


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