The Design Center Welcomes Students

The Design Center at theMART constantly works to support developing designers. Students are offered opportunities such as guided tours, events, portfolio reviews and access to visit showrooms.

Open Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM

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Let Us be Your Guide

Explore luxury residential furnishing showrooms on floors 6 and 14, and outdoor and casual furnishing showrooms on floors 15 and 16 through a guided tour. During your visit, experience Design Center showrooms, learn about resources and peek into the designer lounge.

Connect with Employers

DesignHQ, our members-only designer lounge, has a resume book that allows employers to look through resumes on file. Send us your resume to connect with internship and job opportunities.

Build Professional Skills

The Design Center coordinates portfolio reviews for students. Schedule a portfolio review below.

Connect With Us

Join our mailing list below to receive opportunities directly to your inbox.

For more information please contact:
Brian Torf
DesignHQ Concierge


Meeting in the Middle: Perspectives from the Next Generation

February 19

Working together, seasoned designers and the next generation will utilize new tools and ideas to help create spaces that are sustainable, healthy, beautiful and well designed.

Earn 1.0 CEU credit
In partnership with ASID Illinois

ASID Illinois Partner

As a proud partner of ASID Illinois, the Design Center offers programming specifically designed for growing designers. Monthly, attend Business of Design lectures which cover topics relevant for developing a design business. Throughout the year, participate in design charettes and workshops.

Featured Showrooms

Garett BowhallStudents