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.

“I have been impressed with our student’s ability to create thoughtful design narratives, that can literally change the trajectory of people’s lives, whether it’s on a humanitarian level, or emotional, psychological level.”

James Meraz, Environmental Design Faculty

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

 

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"The chance to work with real people with real needs is an invaluable learning experience for students."

Simon Johnston, Graphic Design, Faculty

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Sonja Johnson (FILM ’12, Broadcast Cinema ’14, Advertising ’14)

 

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COANIQUEM: Safe Niños Development Seminar

 

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FUTURE CRAFT: Japan + Thailand Edition

Design Milk / January 2017

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“I have been impressed with our student’s ability to create thoughtful design narratives, that can literally change the trajectory of people’s lives, whether it’s on a humanitarian level, or emotional, psychological level.”

James Meraz, Environmental Design Faculty

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
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