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.
Through research, advocacy and action, Designmatters engages, empowers and leads an ongoing exploration of art and design as a positive force in society.
"These projects help every design student see what is on the other side, and opens the door to making the impossible a possibility of hope."Armie Pasa and Gabriel La 'O, Product Design, Students
Designmatters partnered with NGO Un Techo para mi Pais and the community to co-create design solutions to overcome water poverty in Cerro Verde, a slum outside Lima, Peru.Read More
Spring 2018 - Host Department: Fine ArtRead More
Spring 2018 - Host Department: Interaction DesignRead More
“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
Summer 2009 - Host Department: AdvertisingRead More
“Each student brings individual life experiences, diverse cultural upbringings, varied interests and perspectives to the subject displaying the many ways see and converse about a problem.”Krystina Castella, Faculty, Product Design
A transcripted course of study for ArtCenter undergraduate students in social innovationRead More
ArtCenter students are embedded in host organizations for one full 14-week academic term to work on high-level projects.Read More