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.

"As artists and designers, we are in a unique position. What we choose to say with this voice that defines us as human beings."

Patrick Hruby Illustration, Student

COANIQUEM: Safe Niños Development Seminar

 

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

 

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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

Student Spotlight: Rachel Moore

 

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Open Design for E-very-thing: Cumulus Conference Hong Kong

 

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Designmatters + Autodesk Foundation

 

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"The students created outcomes that are innovative and exciting, and help move us closer to our ultimate goal."

John Bwarie, United States Geological Survey (USGS)

Aquarium of the Pacific Resilient Cities Project

 

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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