Benefits of the CLC

The CLC works with outside partners to identify design briefs and offers for-credit course through which students seek imaginative, practicable solutions. During a CLC course, students learn aspects of product development — from market research to branding, from deadlines to client presentations. Recent CLC project partners include Hewlett-Packard, Whole Foods Market, Fisher-Price, Liberty Mutual and Microsoft.

The CLC acts as a teaching laboratory where the university measures and seeks to discover best practices in how to teach students to collaborate more effectively. SCAD engages students in professional practice as part of their academic experience, where students across every SCAD program have the opportunity to gain valuable real-world experience.

The Collaborative Learning Center at SCAD brings together top industry professionals with talented potential employees and faculty from one of the most respected and innovative art and design universities in the world.


Benefits for partners

Organizations partner with the CLC to define projects that yield innovative strategies and creative solutions to their unique challenges through collaboration with SCAD’s talented students and renowned faculty.

Here’s what some of our partners say about their experience working with CLC students and faculty:

  • "The design education collaboration has strengthened the students' understanding of the real-world process and bolstered their choice to pursue a design career."
    — Ryan Gunnigle, president, Kids II
  • "The JCB project is really where I grew the most during my time at SCAD. I was really excited about having the opportunity to work in a realistic environment and presenting to a real client."
    — Francis Fave, undergraduate, industrial design
  • "If I had gone to a different university, I might not have become an architect. At SCAD, my imagination and drive were ignited by the study of architecture combined with other arts like interior design and fashion."
    — Sarah Rutland, M.Arch., 2009
  • "SCAD students bring a certain passion and professionalism to their work, and they're able to hit the ground running when they graduate, putting them ahead of other design students."
    — David Waterman, senior design manager, VTech


Benefits for students

Through collaboration on real projects with industry professionals, the CLC offers students real-world work experience to better prepare them for successful careers.

SCAD is dedicated to offering an active learning environment that is inspiring and collaborative within and beyond the classroom. The Collaborative Learning Center engages students in real-world projects to find real solutions through for-credit courses, giving them distinct opportunities to collaborate with top businesses, major organizations and distinguished artists. These collaborative learning opportunities set SCAD students apart from other university graduates and prepare them for successful careers.