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.

Art Student Walks From Tijuana to Her L.A. Gallery Show

LA Weekly / April 2018

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Congratulations Spring 2018 Designmatters Minor Graduates!

 

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“The two-week experience on the ground in Chile was instrumental. We all felt the same thing; we all saw and experienced the same realities together. We all lived the same moments. And that really helped us later as a design team, as we related our ideas and concepts back to our shared experience.”

Andres Zavala, Student, Environmental Design

To create a campaign to combat record STD rates, Long Beach turns to art students

Los Angeles Times / March 2018

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SAFE NIÑOS: ENVISIONING CHARITY RETAIL SYSTEMS

 

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Imagining the Future of the Barbie Dreamhouse

 

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“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

This Stylish Walker Could Help The Elderly Get Around

Fast Company Design / December 2017

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

 

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Safe Agua Peru

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. 

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DESIGNMATTERS MINOR IN SOCIAL INNOVATION

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
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 WellbeingCoaniquemCompartamos Con ColombiaCovenant HouseDalberg
Doctors Withouth BordersEast West BankEMDRIAFEMAFlintridge CenterGE Healthcare
Girl EffectGoodwillHomeboyHousing WorksHUB Bogota Instituto de Diseño (ISDi)
International Medical CorpInternational Organization for MigrationInternational Rescue CommKyoto Seika UniversityLA County Dept. mental healthLAUSD
Mary Pickford FoundationMattelMayoNAKFINathan CummingsNEA
NOAANike FoundationOASPackard FoundationPAHOParticipant
Pasadena Public LibraryPathPlanned ParenthoodPrincetonProject 51Project Concern Int
ProximityRancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation CenterRonald McDonald HouseRubbermaidSappi: Ideas that MatterSCEC
Silicon Valley Community FoundationState of California Seismic SafetySurdnaSHESocialabUS dept of Interior
TAMA Art UniversityTECHOTongji University College of Design and InnovationUCLA Business of Science CenterUNESCOUNFPA
UNDPUNICEFUNICEF US FundUNIFEMUNOPSUSC Annenberg
USC NorrisUSGSVANSVentureWellWHOWorld Bank
Women DeliverYMCA
designmatters networks
Cumulus AssociationDesign Ignites ChangeDesigners AccordDesis NetworkAIGAIDSA