Introduction

The Designmatters educational platform at ArtCenter College of Design joins collaboration with experimentation, experience with reflection, problem-solving with problem-discovery, and purpose with action.

Our Mission

Through research, advocacy and action, Designmatters engages, empowers and leads an ongoing exploration of art and design as a positive force in society.

“Each student brings individual life experiences, diverse cultural upbringings, varied interests and perspectives to the subject displaying the many ways see and converse about a problem.”

Krystina Castella, Faculty, Product Design

UNDP: Innovation Conversations: LIVE STREAM 9/27/16/ 12:30pm – 1:30pm (Eastern)

 

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Designmatters + Autodesk Foundation

Autodesk Foundation / May 2016

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"It is very empowering for designers to see how their projects can actually make an impact in people’s lives."

Liliana Becerra, Product Design, Faculty

COANIQUEM: Safe Niños Designing Innovative Interactive Environments for Pediatric Healing

 

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Fresh Eyes Cuba: A Deep Immersion and Cultural Exchange in Havana

 

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LEAP Dialogues + NPR (Panel Discussion)

 

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"Cultural production and design must go hand in hand as we seek to improve the condition of our world."

Najeeba Syeed-Miller, Western Justice Center Foundation

THE DESIGNMATTERS CONCENTRATION

A flexible course of study in design for social impact for ArtCenter undergraduate students.

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FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Top ArtCenter students are embedded in host organizations for one full 14-week academic term to work on high-level projects.

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Networks & Partnerships

Current partnerships
American Cancer SocietyAEDAmerican Red CrossANSPEAquarium of the PacificArthritis Foundation
AshokaBerkeley Graduate School of JournalismCAL EMACal TechChildrens Hospital LACity of LA
City of PasadenaCoaniquemCompartamos Con ColombiaCovenant HouseDoctors Withouth BordersEast West Bank
FEMAFlintridge CenterGE HealthcareGirl EffectGoodwillHomeboy
Housing WorksInt Medical CorpIOMInternational Rescue CommLa County dept mental healthLAUSD
MayoNEANOAANike FoundationOASPAHO
Participant Pasadena Public LibraryPathPlanned ParenthoodPrincetonProject Concern Int
ProximityRubbermaidSCECState of California Seismic SafetySurdnaSHE
SocialabNathan CummingsUS dept of InteriorTECHOUNICEF us fundUNICEF
UNESCOUNIFEMUNDPUNOPSUNFPAUSGS
USC AnnenburgUSC NorrisVANSVentureWellWorld BankWHO
YMCACity of Long BeachDalbergBloombergCTGEMDRIA
HUB BogotaWomen DeliverAutodesk Foundation
designmatters networks
Design Ignites ChangeCumulusDesis NetworkDesigners Accord