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 an artist, my primary aspiration is to connect with other human beings. What better way to actually do so than by actually making a difference in someone’s life?"

Fatima Ghanavi, Graphic Design, Student

COANIQUEM: Safe Niños Development Seminar

 

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"The students confronted important issues from personal vantage points, ultimately ensuring that others would care about them, too."

Sherry Hoffman, Humanities & Sciences, Faculty

Design for Freedom from Disability

 

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

 

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Looking to Art to Improve Santa Monica’s Wellbeing

Santa Monica Next / May 2017

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"Design can capture and integrate the best of science, technology and art to provide a clear, compelling roadmap to a more sustainable future."

Jerry Schubel Ph.D. President and CEO, Aquarium of the Pacific

Announcing the Designmatters Minor in Social Innovation

 

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“Where’s Daryl?” Interaction Design Studio

 

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Aquarium of the Pacific: Resilient Cities

 

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DESIGNMATTERS MINOR

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

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FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

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 PasadenaCity of Santa Monica Office of Civic WellbeingCoaniquem
Compartamos Con ColombiaCovenant HouseCTGDalbergDoctors Withouth BordersEast West Bank
EMDRIAFEMAFlintridge CenterGE HealthcareGirl EffectGoodwill
HomeboyHousing WorksHUB BogotaInt Medical CorpIOMInternational Rescue Comm
La County dept mental healthLAUSDMayoNEANOAANike Foundation
OASPAHOParticipant Pasadena Public LibraryPathPlanned Parenthood
PrincetonProject Concern IntProximityRubbermaidSCECSappi: Ideas that Matter
State of California Seismic SafetySurdnaSHESocialabNathan CummingsUS dept of Interior
TECHOUNICEF us fundUNICEFUNESCOUNIFEMUNDP
UNOPSUNFPAUSGSUSC AnnenburgUSC NorrisVANS
VentureWellWHOWorld BankWomen DeliverYMCAPackard Foundation
designmatters networks
Design Ignites ChangeCumulusDesis NetworkDesigners Accord