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School of Visual Art and Design

The Design Studio

The Design Studio provides students with innovative experiential learning opportunities, fosters beyond-the-classroom engagement and brings community visibility to student designs.  In the studio, designers create solutions for real clients within a scalable and self-sustaining small “agency” that is run like a business. The Design Studio is both for-profit and non-profit with clients both on and off campus. 


Our cutting-edge student-run design studio offers hands-on experience with real clients. Dive into brainstorming, creating, and presenting design solutions for local organizations.


Our Goals

  • Experiential learning
  • Cross-discipline learning, The Design Studio is open to all students
  • Real-world problem solving
  • Sustainable growth
  • Studio and + college accolades
  • Student recruitment


Design Studio Clients

collage of the studio projects

  • We Believe Women, We created a new branding system, a website and a custom typeface. 
  • Made With Cola Love, Columbia, SC with this client, we created a new branding system, a new website, and a custom typeface.
  • Decoda, Founded in 2012 by musicians who first collaborated as members of Ensemble Connect, a two-year fellowship program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the NYC Department of Education. Its work as an ensemble has grown out of this collective training, which focused on developing skills as exemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and passionate advocates for music in communities around the world. 
  • Mac Leaphart. Americana musician out of Nashville, TN
  • Lula Drake Wine Parlour, Columbia, SC


Be Our Client

Interested in working with The Design Studio? Please fill out our online interest form or email us at

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.