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.

Case Studies for Social Change

This seminar examines the history of community-based art and design practices through a collaboration anchored in the historic Watts Art Towers district of Los Angeles. 

Read More
grid-helper-img

Socially Engaged Art

Spring 2018 - Host Department: Fine Art 

Read More
grid-helper-img

"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)

Designing Democracy: The Future of Civic Engagement

Spring 2018 - Host Department: Humanities & Sciences 

Read More
grid-helper-img

RECAP: Dawn Hancock’s A Workshop About Workshops

 

Read More
grid-helper-img

Seeing the Unseen: Visualizing Flow Patterns of Mesopelagic Ocean Eddies

Spring 2018 - Host Department: Interaction Design 

Read More
grid-helper-img

"The students were able to grasp the need and the reality of vulnerable communities and translate that information into creative yet realistic ideas. This was a great example of how design can contribute to furthering a cause."

Bianca Lomell, Regional Director for North America, Project Concern International (PCI)

The Es Tiempo Campaign

Summer 2009 - Host Department: Advertising 

Read More
grid-helper-img

Engage + Envision + Empower: Creating a Safe Sex Culture in the City of Long Beach

 

Read More
grid-helper-img

Imagining the Future of the Barbie Dreamhouse

 

Read More
grid-helper-img

“I learned that working together as a team means finding the strengths in your partners, finding the strengths in yourself and bringing those together. But it’s also the ability to see weaknesses, especially your own and knowing the areas you need to work on to get better.”

Anna Violette, Student, Product Design

DESIGNMATTERS MINOR IN SOCIAL INNOVATION

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

Read More

FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

ArtCenter students are embedded in host organizations for one full 14-week academic term to work on high-level projects.

Read More

Networks & Partnerships

Current partnerships
AEDAmerican Cancer SocietyAmerican Red CrossANSPEAquarium of the PacificArt Division
Arthritis FoundationAshokaAutodesk FoundationBarbieBerkeley Graduate School of JournalismBloomberg
CAL EMACal TechCenter Theatre GroupChildrens Hospital LACity of LACity of Long Beach
City of PasadenaCity of Santa Monica Office of Civic WellbeingCoaniquemCalifornia Common CauseCompartamos Con ColombiaCovenant House
DalbergDoctors Withouth BordersEast West BankEMDRIAFEMAFlintridge Center
GE HealthcareGirl EffectGoodwillHomeboyHousing WorksHUB Bogota
 Instituto de Diseño (ISDi)International Medical CorpInternational Organization for MigrationInternational Rescue CommKyoto Seika UniversityLA County Dept. mental health
LAUSDLong Beach Police DepartmentMary Pickford FoundationMattelMayoNAKFI
Nathan CummingsNEANOAANike FoundationOASPackard Foundation
PAHOParticipant Pasadena Public LibraryPathPlanned ParenthoodPrinceton
Project 51Project Concern IntProximityRancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation CenterRonald McDonald HouseRubbermaid
Sappi: Ideas that MatterSCECSilicon Valley Community FoundationState of California Seismic SafetySurdnaSHE
SocialabUS dept of InteriorTAMA Art UniversityTECHOTongji University College of Design and InnovationUCLA Business of Science Center
UNESCOUNFPAUNDPUNICEFUNICEF US FundUNIFEM
UNOPSUSC AnnenbergUSC NorrisUSGSVANSVentureWell
WHOWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution World BankWomen DeliverYMCA
designmatters networks
AIGACumulus AssociationDesign Ignites ChangeDesigners AccordDesis NetworkIDSA