Designmatters Minor in Social Innovation




Launching in Summer 2017, the Designmatters Minor in social innovation is a course of study for ArtCenter undergraduate students who want to master a toolkit of design skills and strategies to navigate the complex dynamics of working with communities and designing for social impact.

Comprised of a mix of studio courses, Designmatters real-world studios, and Humanities & Sciences courses, the Minor is offered in Environmental Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interaction Design, Fine Art and Product Design. Students from other majors may apply on a case-by-case basis.





Students in the Designmatters Minor connect their educational studies to design explorations centered on critical issues that are happening now, affecting people all over the world. Through a combination of curated H&S and studio courses, students learn to work under multiple constraints with focus, empathy, and integrity to generate innovation solutions to social challenges.

Students enrolled in the Designmatters Minor benefit from: 

  • Becoming part of a cohort of like-minded students from across disciplines
  • One-on-one advisement with the Designmatters Team
  • Receiving early notification about Designmatters courses and events
  • Connecting to the vast Designmatters network of alumni, partners and employers




The required courses for the Designmatters Minor vary by discipline and are composed of 21 units of studio and academic credits, including:  

  • Humanities and Sciences courses for historical context and cultural literacy
  • Topic studios for depth of knowledge in a student’s discipline
  • Designmatters Real-World TDS for a social innovation focus   

Visual Minor Pathways for participating disciplines in the Designmatters Minor will be available to download beginning in Summer 2017.

How to Enroll in the Designmatters Minor:



  1. Download your discipline-specific Minor Pathway
  2. Meet with the Designmatters Team to review the requirements and your status
  3. Complete the Designmatters Minor application form
  4. Receive confirmation from Enrollment Services that you are officially enrolled in the Designmatters Minor
  5. Meet with the Designmatters Team at least once per term to consult on your progress and learn about upcoming course offerings.

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