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.

Mind Matters: Empowering Young People with Skills to Support Their Mental Wellbeing

 

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Service for Community Change: Recruiting Mental Health Professionals of Color

 

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"Art can create awareness and open a dialogue about topics that people wouldn’t otherwise talk about."

Sharon Levy, Product Design, Student

Designmatters Guest Faculty – Dr. Carlene Olivia Fider

 

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Healing Buddies: 2020 IDSA International Design Excellence Award Winner

IDSA / August 2020

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“Innovation is deliberate. It’s about solving problems without creating new ones. To innovate is to enable one to share our natural empathy and be able to allow others a new means for expression. Innovation is something humans and other creatures have been doing forever, be it by instinct or experimentation. We innovate to survive and to create positive solutions to simplify and better our lives.”

Mari Nakano, Grad Media Design '09, Visual Design Lead, UNICEF Innovation Unit

ArtCenter Faculty Members Receive $200,000 Grant to Improve Online Archive Access for Those With Disabilities

Pasadena Now / January 2021

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Kidmania: Beyond Books! Designing Digital and Physical Spaces for Teens

 

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Strong Apart: Humane + Connected Aging

 

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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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Graduation and Grad Show: Summer 2021

Saturday, August 21, 2021 10:00am (PDT)

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"The chance to work with real people with real needs is an invaluable learning experience for students."

Simon Johnston, Graphic Design, Faculty