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.

"The practical foundation that underlies this program is that even the most amazing design solutions need to be supported by a strong business model in order to be implemented and sustainable."

Adlai Wertman, Professor, Marshall School of Business, USC

Aquarium of the Pacific: Resilient Cities

 

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COANIQUEM: Safe Niños Development Seminar

 

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"This class taught students the importance of creating a different kind of 'right.'"

Sean Adams, Graphic Design, Faculty

Future Craft: Japan + Thailand

 

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

 

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: JUDY TORETTI (Media Design Practices / Field Track, 2013)

 

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"Art can create awareness and open a dialogue about topics that people wouldn’t otherwise talk about."

Sharon Levy, Product Design, Student

“Where’s Daryl?” Interaction Design Studio

 

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Sustainable Ecosystem for the Future of Vans

Fall 2014 - Host Department: Product Design 

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DESIGNMATTERS MINOR

A transcripted course of study for ArtCenter undergraduate students in design for social innovation

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FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

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
AshokaAutodesk FoundationBerkeley Graduate School of JournalismBloombergCAL EMACal Tech
Childrens Hospital LACity of LACity of Long BeachCity of PasadenaCoaniquemCompartamos Con Colombia
Covenant HouseCTGDalbergDoctors Withouth BordersEast West BankEMDRIA
FEMAFlintridge CenterGE HealthcareGirl EffectGoodwillHomeboy
Housing WorksHUB BogotaInt Medical CorpIOMInternational Rescue CommLa County dept mental health
LAUSDMayoNEANOAANike FoundationOAS
PAHOParticipant Pasadena Public LibraryPathPlanned ParenthoodPrinceton
Project Concern IntProximityRubbermaidSCECSappi: Ideas that MatterState of California Seismic Safety
SurdnaSHESocialabNathan CummingsUS dept of InteriorTECHO
UNICEF us fundUNICEFUNESCOUNIFEMUNDPUNOPS
UNFPAUSGSUSC AnnenburgUSC NorrisVANSVentureWell
WHOWorld BankWomen DeliverYMCA
designmatters networks
Design Ignites ChangeCumulusDesis NetworkDesigners Accord