Undergraduate Projects

Our Flagship Program

Sponsored Projects have evolved over the years, but the intention and promise is always the same: high-quality, professional experiences that bring current industry challenges and opportunities into the classroom and provide students the context for imagining future solutions. This flagship program gives partners the opportunity to sponsor studios in which select groups of upper-term undergraduate and graduate students work in multi-disciplinary teams to explore a broad range of topics.

Current Projects

Create A Genesis Concept for a Sci-Fi Movie

Students will develop a Genesis specifically designed for a Sci-Fi movie, similar to movies like Minority Report, I-Robot, Blade Runner, Tron and others. Expectation is to create a movie poster featuring the story concept and the Genesis vehicle that fits the narrative. Students are to create a
user-centered experiential concept of the future that goes beyond the mundane task of driving and focuses on the emotional, heart pumping, adrenaline experiences that can be found inside and outside of the automobile.

Sponsor

Genesis

Host Department

Transportation Design, Entertainment Design

Faculty

Marek Djordjevic

New Brand Experience

As KIA continues to improve its product offerings, brand awareness has grown. In this age of rapid change driving the conversation and brand relevance, how will KIA engage in the future? Students are asked to distill the most unique characteristics of the brand and craft a story and aspirational brand vision through a touch point relevant for the future. Consider the right audience, and visualize new ways of engaging and delivering content, new brand experiences and concepts only Kia could produce.

Sponsor

KIA

Host Department

Transportation Design

Faculty

Jason Hill, Eirik Stensrud

Resources

For Sponsors

For Students

  • Opportunity to work with real “clients”
  • Potential for internships and/or employment opportunities
  • Exposure to current industry trends
  • Opportunity to work with students from different majors
  • Portfolio development

Are sponsored projects open to all students?
Participation in most sponsored projects 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 sponsored project.

Can I participate in a sponsored project hosted by another major?
The majority of sponsored projects are multidisciplinary. Projects are often hosted by a particular department and open to students from other majors.

How many students are usually involved in sponsored projects?
Typically between 12 and 16 students.

Do I have to work on a team?
The majority of sponsored projects are team-based, but some focus on individual work.

Who owns the work I produce in a sponsored project?
The students own all of the work they create in a sponsored project, but our sponsors are given an exclusive negotiation period during which they can review outcomes and negotiate with students to acquire additional rights to the works.

How often will the sponsors visit for reviews and crits?
There are four key meetings and review sessions throughout a full-term sponsored project: kick-off, research review, midterm review, and final presentations. It is ideal to have sponsors participate in-person for each session.

What are typical project deliverables?
Possible project deliverables include: Sketches and renderings, digital & 3-D models, multi-media presentations, process documentation.

Do I get paid to participate in a sponsored project?
Students often receive a materials and supplies stipend to support their involvement in sponsored projects.

Who do I talk to if I have an idea for a sponsored project?
Students are encouraged to submit ideas for sponsored projects to their faculty, department chairs and directly to the Office of Educational Partnerships.

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

How do I participate in a sponsored project?
You can register for sponsored projects the same way you register for other courses. Some projects have prerequisites or require approval by a department chair.

Did you know that you own all the work that you produce as an ArtCenter student? You will have the opportunity to negotiate with any sponsor that might be interested in acquiring additional rights to your work and ArtCenter will support you through the process.

Click here to download a copy of the ArtCenter Intellectual Property Policy.

For Faculty

  • Opportunity to work with real “clients”
  • Exposure to current industry trends
  • Opportunity to work with faculty from different majors
  • Professional networking

Are sponsored projects open to all students?
Participation in most sponsored projects is limited to upper term students. If lower term students express interest in sponsored projects, please encourage them to talk to their department chair.

Can I teach a sponsored project hosted by another major?
The majority of sponsored projects are multidisciplinary. Projects are often hosted by a particular department and involve faculty from other majors.

How are faculty teams selected?
Faculty for each sponsored project are recommended and selected by department chairs.

How many students are usually involved in sponsored projects?
Typically between 12 and 16 students.

Are sponsored projects team-based?
The majority of sponsored projects are team-based, but some focus on individual work.

Who owns the work produced in a sponsored project?
The students own all of the work they create in a sponsored project, but our sponsors are given an exclusive negotiation period during which they can review outcomes and negotiate with students to acquire additional rights to the works.

What are typical project deliverables?
Possible project deliverables include: Sketches and renderings, digital & 3-D models, multi-media presentations, process book, photo and film documentation.

How often will the sponsors visit for reviews and crits?
There are four key meetings and review sessions throughout a full-term sponsored project: kick-off, research review, midterm review, and final presentations. It is ideal to have sponsors participate in-person for each session.

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 sponsored project?
Faculty are encouraged to submit ideas for sponsored projects to department chairs and directly to the Office of Educational Partnerships.

How do I get involved in sponsored projects?
Please talk about your interest in sponsored projects with your department chairs and find out more from the Office of Educational Partnerships.

Faculty are encouraged to select student Teaching Assistants to support all sponsored projects.

Testimonials

Sponsored Projects test students’ leadership and collaborative skills like no other pedagogical model can.
James Meraz, Faculty, Environmental Design
When participating in a Sponsored Project, you have to think of different mindsets and apply your designer skills to assess new targets to find new potentials in the market.
John Vicente, Student, Transportation Design