For Student Groups

August 2, 2016 | 1:09 pm

Student groups are essential parts of the Jacobs Institute community. We provide meeting, teaching, and event space in Jacobs Hall for student clubs and DeCals focused on design and technological innovation.

Access Policy

To host club meetings, a DeCal class, or an event in 210, 220, or 310 Jacobs Hall, first check the building schedule to see if there is space available on the dates and times that you want and learn more about each studio (capacity, equipment, etcetera).

Use of Jacobs Hall facilities may be revoked if a group is found to be violating building access and safety policies, including:

  • Student groups are responsible for leaving the space used in good condition. This includes furniture being reset, no spills or damage, waste being properly recycled/composted/disposed of, etcetera.
  • Extended hours building access is restricted to Maker Pass holders and members of approved student clubs; if your class/event ends after-hours, ensure that participants exit the building unless they are in one of these groups.


Student Clubs

Request regular club meeting space via this form. Club meetings should fall within Jacobs Hall’s extended access hours. All club members will need cardkey access to Jacobs Hall for after-hours and weekend meetings.

Club access privileges do not include Maker Pass access; please ask your members to get their own individual Maker Passes if they would like access to Jacobs Hall equipment and tools.  To reserve space for one-time events involving non-club members, see the Student Events section below.

If you would like to add your group to the list of design-related student organizations on our website, please email


DeCals – Teaching Space

We host DeCals from all disciplines, so long as they align with the Jacobs Institute’s mission and would benefit from Jacobs Hall’s teaching facilities. As with all Jacobs Hall courses, we encourage DeCal students to participate in the community activities that take in Jacobs Hall (e.g., the Jacobs Design Showcase).

Student facilitators of fall 2017 DeCals can apply for teaching space using this application form; apply by June 18th, 2017 for priority consideration.

DeCals – Department Sponsorship

The Jacobs Institute sponsors DeCals that explore topics in design and technological innovation. Proposals to teach DES INV 98 and 198 courses in fall 2017 must be submitted by June 18th, 2017 to Amy Dinh, student services advisor. Submit all of the following documents for your proposed DeCal by the deadline:

  1.  Course Proposal Form. Please note:
    • For course number, choose either 98 (lower division course) or 198 (upper division course), not both.
    • For the answer to question 7, write Amy Dinh.
    • The completed form should have the signature of the Lead Student Facilitator and Faculty Instructor of Record at the bottom. Do not obtain the Department Chair’s signature.
  2. Detailed Syllabus. In addition to providing course details, the syllabus must address the following questions:
    • What is the nature of the subject matter or content of the course? (Include a weekly schedule that shows topics, readings, and assignments for each week. A list of assigned readings is required, not optional.)
    • What are the key learning outcomes? (What will students be expected to know or be able to do as a result of this course?)
    • What are the methods of instruction (e.g., lecture, discussion, collaborative learning, etc.)?
    • How will student performance be evaluated? (What will students be required to do to pass the class, and how much weight will each requirement have toward the final grade?)
  3. Unit Value/Workload Worksheet. The number of weeks detailed in the syllabus’s weekly schedule must align with what is shown on this sheet.
  4. Decal Scheduling Information
  5. Facilitator Hiring Data Form (required for all facilitators)

Prospective student facilitators, please also review the following resources:


Student Events

First, please check the Jacobs Hall schedule for availability of the room/date/time that you are interested in. Then, fill out the Student Event Reservation Form; a Jacobs Institute staff person will follow up with you. Apply at least four weeks before your proposed event to ensure adequate turnaround time.

Though the Jacobs Institute can often co-sponsor student events related to design and technological innovation by waiving space rental fees, the policies outlined on the Space Rental page apply to all events, including student events. Note that events that take place outside of the Jacobs general operating hours are required to hire a UCPD security patrol officer.


Closet storage space is available for use by clubs and DeCals, but bear in mind that it is a shared space, so not recommended for large, delicate, or valuable materials. All materials must be cleared out of the closets at the end of the semester.