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Centers and Institutes

Academic Advising Center
Academic advising is a vital part of a student’s success during their time at Clemson University and the AAH Advising Center staff is available to assist undergraduate students in the college with advice on course selection, change-of-major requirements, transferability of courses, and information on majors within the college of AAH. Academic advisors are also available to meet with prospective students considering various majors within the College.

Brooks Center for The Performing Arts
The Brooks Center is Clemson University's home for the performing arts and presents Broadway shows, world class chamber music, Clemson student productions, and family entertainment. The center also houses the Department of Performing Arts where students concentrate in audio technology, theatre, and music. 

Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing
The Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing is one of the 55 South Carolina Centers of Economic Excellence (SC CoEE) for a multi-disciplinary approach to solving problems in the health and design fields. The Health Facilities Design and Testing Center is using interdisciplinary design research to improve health care environments through better architecture and building design.

Center for the Improvement of Construction Management and Processes (CICMP)
The CICMP enlists the assistance of construction industry companies in supporting faculty and student activities at Clemson. In return, the organization assists member companies in reaching qualified future managers, solicits input on industry trends, offers research assistance and provides continuing education training opportunities.

Center for Visual Arts
The Center for Visual Arts at Clemson University serves as a place where students, visitors and scholars explore contemporary perspectives in art and culture through research and studio practice. The CVA sponsors exhibits from students, regional and national artists, and it hosts guest artist lectures from nationally known artists and critics.

Charles E. Daniel Center for Building Research and Urban Studies
The Daniel Center in Genoa, Italy, has served as a model for off-campus architectural education for more than 30 years. The program balances the studio experience with travel to study Italian architectural history, contemporary design and urban practices. A resident professor from Clemson is assisted by professors of architecture from Genoa.

Clemson Architecture Center in Barcelona
The Clemson Architecture Center in Barcelona is open to undergraduate and graduate students in architecture and landscape architecture. Recognized as one of the preeminent cities in modern and contemporary design, Barcelona is a unique laboratory for architecture and urban studies. The program is complemented by structured field studies within Spain and Europe and also has an independent travel component as part of the semester program.

Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston (CAC.C)
Founded in 1988 and located in the historic district of Charleston, the CAC.C’s mission is to bridge academia and practice by teaching in a hybrid environment, a cross between academic and professional modes of work. The program emphasizes collaborative service learning with a focus on urban design and fabrication applied to actual issues and projects. Students may take internships with local design professionals. The CAC.C is available to third- and fourth-year undergraduates, as well as graduate students in architecture and landscape architecture.

The Clemson University Institute for Intelligent Materials, Systems and Environments (CU-iMSE) 
CU-iMSE focuses its efforts on the design and evaluation of intelligent environments, their materials, and their systems. Partnering Architecture, Electrical & Computing Engineering, and Materials Science & Engineering, CU-iMSE is home to trans-disciplinary research-and-teaching teams sufficiently complex in composition to address complex problems and opportunities.

Community Research and Design Center
The College established the Community Research and Design Center in 2001. The Center's primary mission is to encourage efficient and equitable management of growth and change in the natural and built environment. The Center works with policy-makers and the community to promote policies and best practices towards achieving quality urban development in concert with conservation of environmental quality that promotes a strong economy and community livability. Furthermore, the Center emphasizes the cultural heritage of communities as a foundation for attaining a high quality of life. The Center has worked on state, regional, and local planning projects such as river corridors, transportation modeling, alternative land use and environment impacts related to transportation, regional planning, and land use regulation procedures. 

Creative Inquiry
Creative Inquiry projects feature small groups of students working together with faculty on their creative, outreach, research, service, and/or scholarly activities. Small class size, advanced research, sustained projects, collaboration, critical thinking, and course credit are among the benefits for participants in Creative Inquiry projects. Visit this link and use the drop-down menu to search for current projects in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities.

Humanities Hub
The Clemson Humanities Hub, an outreach project of the Humanities Advancement Board, intends to advance the outreach, scholarly, and teaching activities of the Humanities. It aims to coordinate and publicize off-campus Humanities events, turning the scholarly inquiry and public presentations of the Humanities fields into an outreach activity. In so doing, it hopes to act as a coordinator of campus presentations, an incubator for scholarship, and a steward of humanities pedagogy. It offers historical perspective, cultural awareness, and considerations of value in the creation, application, and preservation of knowledge.

Pearce Center for Professional Communication
The Pearce Center promotes effective communication as an integral part of the learning process at all levels of schooling, pursuing these goals through a comprehensive program of interdisciplinary workshops, collaborative ventures, sponsored projects and action research.

Pennell Center
The Pennell Center brings together students from various disciplines, just as the design and building fields bring together various professions in the working world. The Pennell Center promotes research and scholarship that is useful for practitioners working in the fields influencing the built environment, supports interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and managing the build environment, and provides faculty and students with opportunities to develop important ideas that influence the built environment.

Rudolph E. Lee Gallery
The Lee Gallery provides the University and surrounding community access to regional, national and international visual artists. Exhibitions explore contemporary issues seeking to enhance academic programs and serve the broader mission of the University. The Lee Gallery also showcases student artists as they complete their course of study within the Department of Art.

Rutland Institute for Ethics
The Rutland Institute for Ethics at Clemson University programs and activities are intended to benefit Clemson and its surrounding community. Campus activities focus on students, faculty and staff. Community programs are designed to reach the entire community, with special attention directed to the business, education and professional sectors. The principal academic partner of the Rutland Institute is the Clemson University Department of Philosophy & Religion.

South Carolina Educational Interpreting Center
The South Carolina Department of Education, Clemson University, and South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind have partnered to create the South Carolina Educational Interpreter Center, (SCEIC) in order to undertake four cornerstones of service for in-service educational interpreters, school districts, the State Department of Education, and most importantly Deaf and Hard of Hearing students and their parents.

Writing Across the Curriculum/Communicating Across the Curriculum (WAC/CAC)
WAC and CAC are defined as is proficiency in writing/communicating through instruction and practice in a variety of courses and fields. Included in this initiative is Writing in the Disciplines (WID), which introduces students practice with the conventions and formats of a specific discipline.The Pearce Center for Professional Communication has played a central role in establishing Clemson’s international reputation for Communication and Writing Across the Curriculum and Writing in the Disciplines. In 2001 TIME Magazine named Clemson “Public College of the Year” and featured Clemson’s commitment to WAC/WID. In the years since, Clemson has consistently been cited by U.S.News & World Report as a top school for Writing in the Disciplines, a list that includes universities such as Brown, Duke and Harvard.

Writing Center
The goal at the Writing Center is to help all members of the Clemson community become more confident and effective writers. Although meetings can occur anytime, we encourage early and frequent conversations to develop and explore ideas, Organize, structure, and format works, integrate and/or cite sources appropriately, and weigh stylistic choices.