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.
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
Spring 2018 - Host Department: Fine ArtRead More
"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)
Spring 2018 - Host Department: Humanities & SciencesRead More
Spring 2018 - Host Department: Interaction DesignRead More
"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)
Summer 2009 - Host Department: AdvertisingRead More
“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
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