Student Programs

  

Students from any discipline may participate in Designmatters projects. Those who develop a passion for social impact design can become further involved through the Designmatters Concentration, Media Design Practices (a graduate major), and select Designmatters Fellowships.

Designmatters Concentration

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

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Fellowship Program

A distinctive program sending top ArtCenter students to impact organizations to work on high-level projects

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Trandisciplinary Course offerings - Spring 2017

Ocean Impact: Science & Storytelling for Illustrators / Illustration Dept.

Data Visualization for Illustrators / Illustration Dept.

Communicating the Well-being of a City: Santa Monica as a Model / Graphic Design Dept.

Designing Social Enterprise / Humanities & Sciences Dept.

Blue Hope 2.0 / Interaction Design Dept.

Brandmatters / Humanities & Sciences Dept.

Make an Impact: Design for Transformation / Product Design Dept.

Upcoming Fellowships - Spring 2017

Long Beach Innovation Team (Long Beach, CA) / Spring '17

Ashoka U (Washington D.C.) / Spring '17

Los Angeles Innovation Team (Los Angeles, CA) / Spring '17

City of Santa Monica WellBeing Project Team (Santa Monica, CA) / Spring ’17

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Media Design Practices Field Track

 
 

  

Designmatters is a key partner of ArtCenter’s Media Design Practices graduate program through the Media Design Practices: Field track. This MFA offers graduate students the chance to design for social impact in a real-world context where social issues, media infrastructure and communication technology intersect. Students in the MDP: Field program are the changemakers who will bridge cultures and disciplines with empathy and integrity.

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MDP News

 

MDP/Field Collaborates With UNICEF in Mexico City

Media Design Practices / February 2017

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ArtCenter Dialogues, Dr. Laura Forlano / LEAP Dialogues Panel Discussion

November 2016

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Media Design Practices at ArtCenter: Live Online Conversation with Graduate Students in MDP : 8/17

ArtCenter / August 2016

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15 Years of Impact: ArtCenter Media Design Practices Dept.

Anne Burdick / May 2016

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15 Years of Partnerships: UNICEF

Tina L. Zeng / March 2016

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"As designers we need to remain accountable, with measureable outcomes and ways of making small moves to create big impacts."

Stephanie Dhillon, Environmental Design, Student

Creative Karma: An Interview with verynice Founder Matthew Manos

HOW Magazine / January 2016

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Mari Nakano wins the Young Innovator Alumni Award from Designmatters ArtCenter College of Design

UNICEF Stories / December 2015

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MDP Alum Matt Manos speaks to Core77 about his design studio, @verynice. and his new consulting firm, Models of Impact

Core77 / December 2015

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