Jessica Jacobs - Columbia College Chicago

Jessica Jacobs

Associate Professor


Jessica Jacobs is an Associate Professor in the Business & Entrepreneurship Department at Columbia College Chicago where she teaches classes in design management, visual arts management, project management, self-management and freelancing, and information management while coordinating the Design Management program.

Jessica was recently awarded the AIGA Design Educators Community Faculty Research Grant for her project, "Understanding Best Practices in Student-Run, Faculty-Advised Campus Design Studios." Her scholarship has been published in Dialectic, International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice, and International Journal of Design Education. In addition to her scholarly and creative work, Jessica has more than 20 years of industry experience in design, marketing and communication and currently operates a freelance graphic design practice focusing on projects for other artists, designers and educators.

Jessica earned a BS in Radio/Television/Film from Northwestern University and an MFA in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Design at IIT Institute of Design.

Instructional Areas

Design Management, Visual Arts Management, Project Management, Design Strategy, Self-Management & Freelancing, Entrepreneurship

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Design Management Pedagogy, Arts and Design Entrepreneurship, Arts and Design Business Models, Creative Processes, Diversity and Inclusion in Design


Bachelor of Science in Speech, Radio/Television/Film Northwestern University 1996
M.F.A., Photography Savannah College of Art & Design 2001