Portrait by  Ellen Greene

Portrait by Ellen Greene

Jessica Jacobs, MFA
Interim Chair, Design Department
Assistant Professor, Business and Entrepreneurship Department
Columbia College Chicago

PhD in Design candidate, IIT Institute of Design


Jessica Jacobs is a scholar, designer, artist, and educator with expertise in creative processes, design pedagogy, project management, and strategic planning. She is the Interim Chair of the Design Department and an Assistant Professor in the Business & Entrepreneurship Department at Columbia College Chicago where she teaches classes in design management, entrepreneurship, and project management. Jessica’s cross-disciplinary research interests and professional endeavors revolve around design management pedagogy, arts and design entrepreneurship, and synergies between art and business utilizing methods and language from the creative process.

Jessica has more than 20 years of experience in design, marketing and communication including managerial roles at Transolid, Inc., a product manufacturer, and Northwestern University. She operates her own design firm, Jessica Jacobs Design, as well as a consulting practice, Art Ally, which provides consulting services in business development and project management to artists, designers, and educators. In addition to her industry experience, Jessica previously worked as an Assistant Professor at Colby-Sawyer College and St. Norbert College where she taught courses in graphic design, photography, art history, advertising and new media.

Jessica has presented, exhibited and published her scholarly and creative work nationally and internationally and recently received a 2017 AIGA Design Educators Community Faculty Research Grant for her project, “Understanding Best Practices in Student-Operated, Faculty-Advised Campus Design Studios.” She received a BS from Northwestern University, MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Design at IIT-Institute of Design.