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.

“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

Student Perspective: Fearless Workshop with Katharine Hargreaves

 

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A Look Inside ArtCenter’s 2019 Grad Show

Core77 / July 2019

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COANIQUEM: Safe Niños: Co-creating Innovative Healing Environments for Kids

 

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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

Mpala: Solar Camel Clinic Innovation

A multilevel project to design and develop innovative methods to improve health services for remote Kenyan communities. 

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Building Trust, Bridging Divides: Visual Communication/Branding Programming for the City of Long Beach Police Department and Community

 

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IDSA: International Design Conference 2019

August 21-23 | Chicago, IL

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"I learned how to work with and for others and how to put the client’s needs above my own. I had to know everything about my target user and create with them in mind."

Jie Gu, Student, Interaction Design

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 WellbeingCoaniquemCalifornia Common CauseCedar-Sinai Center for Health Equity ResearchCompartamos Con Colombia
Covenant HouseDalbergDoctors Withouth BordersEast West BankEMDRIAFEMA
Flintridge CenterFood ForwardGE HealthcareGirl EffectGoodwillHomeboy
Homeboy Electronics Recycling  Housing WorksHUB Bogota Instituto de Diseño (ISDi)International Medical CorpInternational Organization for Migration
International Rescue CommKyoto Seika UniversityLA County Dept. mental healthLAUSDLegacy LALong Beach Police Department
Mary Pickford FoundationMattelMayoMayor’s Fund Los AngelesNAKFINathan Cummings
NEANike FoundationNOAANorth East TreesOASOutward Bound Adventures
Packard FoundationPAHOParticipant Pasadena Public LibraryPathPlanned Parenthood
PrincetonProject 51Project Concern IntProximityRancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation CenterRonald McDonald House
RubbermaidSappi: Ideas that MatterSCECSilicon Valley Community FoundationState of California Seismic SafetySurdna
SHESocialabUS dept of InteriorTAMA Art UniversityTECHOTongji University College of Design and Innovation
UCLA Business of Science CenterUNESCOUNFPAUNDPUNICEFUNICEF US Fund
UNIFEMUnited We StayUNOPSUSC AnnenbergUSC NorrisUSGS
VANSVentureWellWHOWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution World BankWomen Deliver
YMCA
designmatters networks
AIGACumulus AssociationDesign Ignites ChangeDesigners AccordDesis NetworkIDSA