Design in the Arena: Client-based Class Projects


Creating client-based projects in the classroom is a great way to prepare students for the real-world demands of the creative design industry. Working on client-based projects provides students with the opportunity to develop their professional skills, such as communication, collaboration, and problem-solving. It also allows students to learn how to manage deadlines, create budgets, and develop products that meet the needs of a client. It also gives students the chance to practice their creative design skills in a low-pressure environment. They can experiment with different ideas, get feedback from their peers and instructor, and refine their work as needed. Lastly, working on client-based projects in the classroom also gives students the chance to build their portfolios and showcase their work to potential employers. This paper outlines the client-based projects being undertaken at the Graphic Design program at College of DuPage. It discusses the successes, challenges, and learning from such projects.


Gautam Wadhwa
Chair, Graphic Design, College of DuPage, Illinois, United States


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Design Education


Design, Education, Industry, Creative, Client, Real-life, Collaboration, Professional, Skills

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