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As an active hub for design innovation, the Jacobs Institute offers a broad range of opportunities for involvement. We welcome community members from across Berkeley’s campus and beyond to participate in our ecosystem of learning and making.

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Prospective and current students

Take a class. Get a Maker Pass. Check out a workshop or a lunchtime talk. Berkeley students from all disciplines can get involved with the Jacobs Institute. Not sure where to start? Check out our course offerings, our space for bringing ideas to life, and student resources like clubs and advising. Visit our Prospective and New Student page for a full overview of what Jacobs has to offer.


Faculty and staff

We invite Berkeley faculty and staff from all departments to participate in our interdisciplinary community. Planning a course that involves design and could make use of Jacobs Hall’s flexible studio space? Apply to hold the course in Jacobs Hall. Want to explore prototyping and fabrication? Faculty and staff are eligible to apply for a Maker Pass.


Industry opportunities

Excited about what we’re doing? Interested in sponsoring a capstone course, advertising open positions to our students, or hearing from leading faculty about the future of IoT in an executive education session? To inquire about these and other opportunities to connect with our ecosystem of students, faculty, and practitioners, contact Emily Rice, director of programs & operations.


By making a gift — of any size — you can make an invaluable contribution toward our mission of educating the next generation of leading innovators at the intersection of design and technology.  Your investment will provide critical support across our operations, from the equipment purchases and maintenance that keep Jacobs Hall at the cutting edge of prototyping and fabrication to support for our innovative, boldly interdisciplinary curriculum. Join the effort.

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Learn more and visit

Fall 2020 Update: Following campus guidelines, Jacobs Hall will remain closed to all non-essential community members for the semester. We are unable to offer building tours at this time, but encourage you to take a virtual tour with our Chief Learning Officer, Eric Paulos. Please continue to check our news post for updates on the status of campus and building operations.

Want to stay updated on news and events at the Jacobs Institute? Sign up for our newsletter and occasional event announcements. We welcome public audiences to many of our events, including semesterly design showcases and our Jacobs Design Conversations and Design Field Notes speaker series. Visitors are also welcome to check out Jacobs Hall during the building’s general hours. During the academic year, drop-in building tours are available on Fridays, starting at 4:10pm, in the west lobby. Questions about the newsletter, public events, or visiting Jacobs Hall? Contact our Public Programs & Communications Officer.


Three of our flexible teaching studios are available to rent by UC Berkeley departments and student groups. Interested in hosting an event or meeting at Jacobs? Visit our Rentals page for full details.