DesignFlash

What is a DesignFlash?

Many ArtCenter students and graduates are interested in working for themselves. DesignFlashes are one-week design challenges that simulate entrepreneurial or freelance work by allowing students to work independently on real issues facing start-up organizations and new brands.

Sponsors receive an exclusive license for selected concepts and those students whose ideas are chosen will receive a cash award and royalty options when applicable. To ensure continuity, students whose ideas are selected may also have the opportunity to continue working with the sponsor on the development of their idea through an internship or freelance contract.

 

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For Sponsors

For Students

  • Opportunity to work with real “clients” in start-up mode
  • Potential for internships and/or employment opportunities
  • Exposure to current industry trends
  • Relevant experience for future entrepreneurial and/or freelance work
  • Payment & potential royalty option

Are DesignFlashes open to all students?
Participation in most DesignFlashes is limited to upper term students. If you are in your 4th term or below please talk to your department chair about your interest in a particular DesignFlash.

How many students are usually involved in a DesignFlash?
Typically between 6 and 10 students.

Do I have to work on a team?
No, most DesignFlashes are organized to support individual work, but students can also choose to work in pairs.

Who owns the work I produce in a DesignFlash?
Students own the outcomes from DesignFlashes however sponsors select one concept at the end of each DesignFlash for potential further development and receive an exclusive license for selected concepts. Sponsor may negotiate directly with students to acquire additional rights.

Do I receive credit for my participation in a DesignFlash?
No, there is no credit given for DesignFlashes. Students are paid for their participation.

How are the sponsors involved in DesignFlashes?
DesignFlash sponsors present a project brief and supply necessary background information and materials to students during the kick-off and return at the end of the DesignFlash week for final presentations.

What are typical DesignFlash deliverables?
Possible project deliverables include: Sketches, storyboards, digital presentations, digital models, process documentation.

Do I get paid to participate in a DesignFlash?
Yes, students are paid for their participation and students whose concepts are selected for further development receive an additional cash reward as well as a royalty option when applicable.

How do I find out about DesignFlashes happening next term?
Future DesignFlashes are often listed on the Educational Partnerships website. Additionally, there will be posters throughout campus announcing upcoming DesignFlashes. Please discuss your interest in participating in a DesignFlash with your department chair during advisement and portfolio reviews.

How do I participate in a DesignFlash?
Participation in a DesignFlash is by application only. You can download a DesignFlash application on the Educational Partnerships website. Applications are also available in the Educational Partnerships Office in the DCO.

Although DesignFlashes are not part of any ArtCenter curriculum, students retain ownership of their works. Sponsors receive an exclusive license for selected works only and may wish to negotiate with students to acquire additional rights.

Students may reference their participation in any DesignFlash and may include concepts and process photos in their portfolios.

For Faculty

  • Opportunity to work with real “clients”
  • Exposure to current industry trends
  • Professional networking

Are DesignFlashes open to all students?
Participation in most DesignFlashes is limited to upper term students. If you are in your 4th term or below please talk to your department chair about your interest in a particular DesignFlash.

How many students are usually involved in a DesignFlash?
Typically between 6 and 10 students.

How are faculty advisors selected?
Faculty are selected based on the DesignFlash topic and recommendations of department chairs.

Who owns the work produced in a DesignFlash?
Students own the outcomes from DesignFlashes however sponsors select one concept at the end of each DesignFlash for potential further development and receive an exclusive license for selected concepts. Sponsor may negotiate directly with students to acquire additional rights.

Do students receive credit for participation in a DesignFlash?
No, there is no credit given for DesignFlashes. Students are paid for their participation.

How are the sponsors involved in DesignFlashes?
DesignFlash sponsors present a project brief and supply necessary background information and materials to students during the kick-off and return at the end of the DesignFlash week for final presentations.

What are typical DesignFlash deliverables?
Possible project deliverables include: Sketches, storyboards, digital presentations, digital models, process documentation.

Can I develop a professional relationship with sponsors outside of ArtCenter?
Yes. Provided there are no conflicts of interest with current projects, faculty are welcome to engage professionally with project sponsors.

Who do I talk to if I have an idea for a DesignFlash?
Faculty are encouraged to submit ideas for DesignFlashes to department chairs and directly to the Office of Educational Partnerships.

How do I get involved in DesignFlashes?
Please talk about your interest in DesignFlashes with your department chairs and directly with the Office of Educational Partnerships.