The Design Thinking Learning Community seeks to guide students through a variety of methods for solving problems via faculty-lead workshops, field trips, campus visits from industry professionals, and project-based learning. We will establish the foundation of creative problem-solving incorporating methods such as a Design Thinking workshop and a semester-long research project, and we will also incorporate new technology such as 3D printers, Laser Engravers and other digital output devices.

Building on experiences from IDST1301 in the Fall, students are encouraged to become self-motivated learners through research and explore new technologies, through opportunities facilitated by departmental faculty, that may be applied to their discipline, incorporate and expand on problem solving methods, and possibly develop their own creative method.

The Design Thinking Learning Community is open to all students from any disciplines, because creativity is required for engineering, graphic arts, information and data visualization, science, mathematics, and everything in between.

Application Instructions:

To be considered for the Design Thinking Learning Community, a student must first be admitted to Schreiner University.

Once you have been admitted to Schreiner University, you will have access to the online application through your Schreiner One account under the Learning Communities tab.

Next Steps:

The Coordinator of the Design Thinking Learning Community and the Advisory Committee will review completed applications in the order they are received. Applicants, based on their completed application, who seem to be a good fit with the community will be invited to participate.


McClure, Clay

Clay McClure, MFA
Assistant Professor of Communication Design
Academic Affairs

Classes Taught
ART 1303: Intro to Design
ART 3301: 3D Computer Graphics
ART 3312: Multimedia – R
ART 3322: Web Design and Multimedia – R
ART 4302: Graphic Design Studio – R
ART 4310: Pre-Press & Print Management
ART 4370: Advanced Web Design and Multimedia
IDST 1301: Freshman Studies


  • BFA in Communication Design: Texas State University – San Marcos
  • BFA in Studio Art: Texas State University – San Marcos
  • MFA in Studio Art: The University of Texas at San Antonio


  • Advisor, AIGA student group
  • Texas Association of Schools of Art
  • Founding Member, Lullwood Group, San Antonio Art Non-Profit

Clay grew up on a farm in a rural North Texas town called Ovilla, Texas, known for the Box Car Willie Memorial Overpass and as a filming location for Walker Texas Ranger. He earned a BFA in Graphic Design in 1994 and a BFA in Studio Art in 2007 from Texas State University – San Marcos. In 2010 he earned an MFA in Studio Art from UTSA.

Clay began his career at a small, award-winning design firm in Dallas, Texas, working for clients such as The Dallas Summer Musicals, SMU Mustang Club, the Yale University Tercentennial Celebration, Leisure and Recreation Concepts. He then transitioned into freelance graphic design when he returned to school to continue his creative journey creating work for The University of Texas at San Antonio and the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, among others.